There’s so much conflicting information available on weight loss and when to weigh yourself that it’s ridiculous. How is anyone supposed to know who or what to believe? Well, my advice is to just do what’s best for you. That’s what I do. I weigh myself daily despite what some “experts” suggest.
This idea first came to me while I was reading Candace Cameron Bure’s book Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness and, at first, I was worried the frustration would get to me. But, I’m happy to report that, although I don’t like seeing the scale stay the same or go up, it works for me. Why?
Before I step on the scale each morning, I tell myself that I’m not going to take this number too seriously. When it goes down, I celebrate. When it stays the same, I’m grateful it didn’t go up. When it goes up, I think about what I did the day before so that I can make changes to my diet, exercise, or both.
I wasn’t always this cool about the scale and I still have moments where I want to throw that sucker across the room. I used to define myself by the number that showed up. If it didn’t move or went up, I would beat myself up inside and give up. There were even times when I would be discouraged because I only lost a pound.
I’ve learned that I crave instant gratification and, when I didn’t get it, I would give up. I can’t afford to do that this time. I’ve spent some time talking with my therapist about this and it’s something I need to work on every single day.
I got on the scale Tuesday and saw the number go up. At first, I was disappointed but I started to think about Monday. This is the really frustrating part; Monday was a bad ass day. I blew past my step goal, was on point with my food, and barely sat down all day. So, what happened? It could be any number of things because the female body is known for constantly changing.
The short of it is that I weigh myself daily because it helps me stay on track. I’ve tried weighing myself once a week, once a month, and not at all but the not knowing kills me. Most of the time, the scale goes in the right direction and, when it doesn’t, I know that it’s ok.