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Break Free from the Scale!

How to Stop the Scale from Determining Your Self-Worth


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  • I've tried. I need the scale for that reality check to keep me honest.
  • don't use a scale.
  • I have become overly dependent on the scale as part of my self-efficacy. I know this is unhealthy and I need to break myself of this.
  • I have been weighing myself daily for a long time. It's actually funny how attached I am to the scale. I am going to try to go a month without weighing myself and see what happens.
  • I have to weigh frequently so that I don't lose track or focus on where I want to be. Not gaining!!
  • This doesn't work for me. If I don't weigh myself regularly (at least once every 2 weeks), I can easily kid myself that I'm losing when I'm actually gaining. I'm not a slave to the scale, it's simply one more tool which I use to help me on my weight-loss journey.
  • its funny, I just posted on my blog about the stupid scale - and how discouraged I was after a bad weekly weigh in --- but if I look at it monthly -- Im doing great --- Maybe its time to rethink this weekly weigh in thing?
    I've been doing the healthy lifestyle thing for so many years now that I've learned that the body tends to fluctuate so getting on the scale every single day for me would be an exercise in futility.

    At my lowest weight, I rarely ever got on the scale. How my clothing fit was the ultimate indication of how I was doing physically. I'd maybe weigh myself once a month or every other month.

    For me, if I start getting on the scale daily it would lead to other problems because it's a control thing. And I have a tendency to be very hard on myself when I'm not performing the very best (whatever that means - every day my head can change what it thinks is the "very best")

    Respecting myself and telling myself "I love you" every day is far more important an exercise for me to do than to see how many pounds I'm toting around for the day.
  • I'm a weigh-everyday person (for the past year) with good results. Just recently weight was creeping up a few pounds, took a few days break away from the scale, totally concentrated on nutrition, and I'm back on track. The lesson for me was that I was getting a little lax on the nutrition side. Now back to weighing every day.
  • I weight myself everyday. It helps keep me on track. We have to do what works for us. If I were to not weigh for a month and then found myself up in weight, I would be devastated and would probably just give up. Tracking is what I do. It's what works for me and I will continue to do so. ;)
  • I like the idea of putting the scale out of sight and weighing only once or twice a month. If I am honest with myself, I can only do the best I can do. If I track what I am doing honestly and challenge myself daily, I have to give myself a break and let my best be good enough.
  • Think it might be a good idea for me to stop reading articles that keep disagreeing with everything I do
  • I am not dependent on the scale but I enjoy weighing myself daily. Actually I weigh throughout the day just for fun (it is amazing how much your weight fluctuates during the day). I don't stress over the scale though. Last month the scale barely moved - but I lost 1.5 inches on my stomach. ...but I still weigh myself every morning. It is just one of the tools I use, but a useful tool. The MonitorYourWeight app is a great tracking tool, too!
  • I only weigh myself once a week, then forget about it until the next week. I concentrate on my daily exercise and nutrition trackers.
  • WENDYM77
    I disagree with this article as well. I've had my single most weight gain period since I stopped weighing myself regularly. Just as exercising in the morning can set the tone for a successful day so can the daily weigh in set the tone for the day. Yes sometimes it's frustrating after working so hard to see a lack of acceptable progress on the scale and this is where other measurables have to come in - body measurements - allowing you to see the progress made.

    The daily or semi-weekly weigh in helps keep things on track. I tried it the other way, it didn't work for me so I'm going back to regular weigh-ins.

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