3 Ways to Handle Disappointment on the ScaleI’ve heard and read many different things about weighing in. Some say you should weigh in once a week, others say you should weigh in twice a month, while others say to weigh in daily. Ugh – who knows what’s right; I just want to keep up-to-date on what’s happening with those numbers. With that said, I’ve started weighing myself daily, but that’s brought about many disappointments. However, I’d rather know what’s going on from day to day than think that I’m doing right when I’m not.

Don’t Dwell on the Number

The number on the scale is just a number. Yes, I know how ridiculous this sounds, especially coming from an obese woman, but it’s true. That number does not represent who you are as a person! As humans, our weight fluctuates daily and it’s even worse if you’re a woman. Since I’ve been weighing myself daily, I’ve seen the numbers go down and up – way up. I’ve seriously thought about throwing my scale a time or two but, fortunately, that thought was fleeting.

It’s important to keep a close eye on your weight, but dwelling on it can cause further disappointment, frustration, and may cause you to give up all together. Do not let that happen!

Use it as a Learning Tool

The number on the scale is a learning tool for you to stay on track with your efforts. Weighing myself daily has allowed me to see which foods I need to stay away from in order to maximize my weight loss. For example, I had pasta last week (whole grain, of course) and I retained so much water from that meal it was ridiculous! I now know that I need to steer clear of pasta if I want to see the numbers go down. It also showed me that I’m going to retain water if I eat pasta so I know what to expect.

Learning which foods trigger water retention and which foods don’t is a great way to change your eating habits for the better. If you’re a woman, you know you’re going to retain water at least once per month. Even if you know when your “visitor” arrives, you may not be aware of when you begin to exhibit symptoms of it. This is a good time to get to know your body better so that you’re aware of when your body holds onto water. Don’t let that throw you off!

Up Your Game

Use the number on the scale to keep you motivated to up your game! Increase your exercise, especially if what you’re doing is getting easier for you. Our bodies often become complacent with a routine if we do it for too long. That means that we don’t burn as many calories or fat doing a routine we’ve done for the last 6 weeks. Some people recommend that you change your exercise routine every six weeks to keep this from happening. Although having a routine is perfectly normal and acceptable, we need to make adjustments as our bodies change in order to keep it working efficiently.

Add an extra five or ten minutes to your routine, change the time of day you exercise, or simply add a walk 2-3 days per week. It doesn’t take much to change it up a bit to get the numbers moving in the right direction.

The moral of the story is that the scale does not define you and you shouldn’t let it! Use it to your advantage and you won’t be intimidated by it anymore. You’re still going to get frustrated from time to time, but at least you’ll be fully armed with the knowledge to understand why the numbers went up.