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Break Free from the Scale!

How to Stop the Scale from Determining Your Self-Worth

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  • I am too dependent on the scale. And here's the thing. I know better. I am aware that muscle weighs more than fat. I am aware my weight will fluctuate through the week (especially during my monthly cycle). I am determined to become less scale obsessed. Three weeks ago I took full body measurements and I am going to start using those as my guide and put the scale away for a month. I can do this! - 4/21/2016 8:24:22 AM
  • Great Article ! - 3/31/2016 6:12:02 AM
  • GLADUSHU
    I like weighing myself every day because it keeps me in check. If my weight goes up I can explain it more readily and correct it right away. If you weigh once a month and find you gained or haven't lost anything because you haven't been doing something right, there goes your incentive! Also being honest with yourself is the best policy. - 3/24/2016 7:00:33 PM
  • I am weighing myself once a week or every other week. My break from the scale is since I have started this sparkpeople program, I have walked everyday, twice a day. and just building that habit over the last two weeks I feel has been amazing! I feel better, have more energy and that is more important than my weight! - 3/2/2016 3:53:45 PM
  • MADHUBHATIIA
    hi friend can you please help me by telling me how to inter my weight - 12/29/2015 2:46:36 AM
  • I hid the scales and they did not move. Now I weigh daily and I am doing great. I see little ups and downs but watching I need to see if I have gone up or down. I am happy there is rarely a jump over 1 or 2 pounds and at that point I drink more water, eat more fiber or take along walk with friends. Pat in Maine loves the scale now instead of hiding it. - 12/22/2015 10:27:17 AM
  • Weighing in almost every day is a must for me, to keep it in front of me and remind me that I have a goal. I have enough perspective to understand that a pound in either direction on a given day isn't a trend. All the same, I reward myself for my activity, not my results. - 11/2/2015 5:03:55 PM
  • Thank you for the article. I like the idea of doing something to motivate myself in the morning and in the evening and will try that out.
    I thought the Washington post article posted by RLKarman was interesting too. I tend to obsess over the number on the scale though so weighing daily probably wouldn't be good for me. - 11/2/2015 4:00:44 PM
  • ELICUKI1971
    i try not to weigh myself often but it gets to me not knowing - 11/2/2015 3:37:57 PM
  • ELYSIAN_DREAMS
    Weighing myself every morning keeps me accountable. If the number goes down, great; if the number goes up, o-well. It doesn't define me. It's just a gauge. Instant feedback is a great learning tool, and that's kinda what the scale is. Particularly related to dietary choices. Trying to exercise-off a bad diet is a recipe for disaster. The scale reminds me of that, so I make diet a priority, and workout when I can.
    Having said that, if you're letting the scale give a number to your self-worth, don't even have it in the house. Give it to a spouse/friend to hide or donate it to charity. That is not what the scale is for. It is a weight-loss tool. That's all.
    No matter how heavy (or thin) you are, your value is not a number. - 11/2/2015 12:24:39 PM
  • 452134
    I just cannot measure myself yet. I hate to do that. - 10/4/2015 8:11:05 AM
  • I agree with everyone else, the scale is a necessary tool for reaching goals. I also agree with the author, that we should ALSO celebrate the non-scale victories. That having been said, Day 2 is not a good place to put this one; my day 1 was not a victorious day; I'm hoping tonight I can look myself in the mirror and say, Job Well Done on overcoming snackitis! 8-) - 10/2/2015 12:46:17 PM
  • I agree with Brooklyn Born. Actually, Cornell came out with a study that states you should indeed weigh yourself every day...

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-y
    our-health/wp/2015/06/18/cornell-resea
    rchers-actually-you-should-be-weighing
    -yourself-every-day/ - 9/9/2015 4:39:13 PM
  • The scale is a tool that lets us know what we weigh. If the number that pops up is the sole indicator of how you will feel about yourself that day, then I say bury it in the yard because it has waaaaay too much power. Clearly it has taken me years to kinda/sorta figure out how I lose, and the scale has not truly helped or motivated ME! However, it can be an extremely effective and a powerful tool...fortunately we each get to decide what we will gain from stepping on our scale. Friend or foe...the power comes in choosing what works for us! - 8/10/2015 8:08:54 AM
  • No thanks. I need an objective measure of where I am and what my weight trend is. If I obsess about anything in life, it's my mind that needs adjustment. Ignoring the scale is how I gained the weight in the first place. - 8/10/2015 6:51:36 AM

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