I originally wrote this list when I was an active community member on the Eat Clean Diet website. I wrote it for everyone who was struggling to stay off the scale, for everyone who weighs themselves more than once a day and is upset by the ups and downs, and for all the scale junkies out there.
I used to be a slave to the scale. I would weigh myself at least twice a day and would be upset if the number went up in less than a 12-hour time frame.
Now I weigh myself once a week.
I also know that the scale is only one way to measure success when committing to a healthy lifestyle.
I wanted to share it here as a reminder to myself to not let the scale run my life as I once again embark on my weight- loss journey.
It is easy to get caught up in the numbers but it is important to look at the overall picture.
Enough with the rambling.
Here they are:
10 things I know about the number on the scale:
1. I weigh the least first thing in the morning right after I have peed.
2. If I go number two, the number goes down.
3. If I drink a glass of water after my initial weigh-in, then weigh again, the scale goes up.
4. I weigh more after I shower.
5. My weight fluctuates between 2-3 pounds throughout the day.
6. My weight goes down 2-3 pounds while I am sleeping.
7. If I weigh myself before I eat, and then after, my weight goes up. (I did this once with my husband more as a joke than anything).
8. My weight changes depending on how many clothes I wear when I step on the scale.
9. I weigh more after a workout than I did before a workout.
10. I no longer trust the scale to give me an accurate picture of my overall health and fitness.
Many factors affect the number on the scale and this is why it is important to take it all with a grain of salt.
It took me a long time to develop a healthy relationship with the scale, but I now take it for what it is: a number.
It is not an indicator of my daily mood, nor is it an indicator of how fit and healthy I am.
It is just a number.
Let’s all work towards developing, or maintaining, a healthy relationship with the scale. I guarantee you will better off without it controlling your life.
I know I am.