Caution: What you are about to read are my musings on THE SCALE...and if you've been with me for a while, you probably know that I am not a fan. I also need to preface this by saying that while I do not weigh myself very often, my scale does sit on my bathroom floor and beckons me on a daily basis.
I wonder if I could get through life without ever weighing myself again. I mean, as long as I'm eating right, say, 90% of the time (correct portion sizes and all that jazz), and working out, I'd know that I was doing everything within my power to be as healthy as I could be. So why weigh? It messes with my psyche more often than not. It's just a number. But it KILLS me. It makes or breaks my day. It is not the be-all and end-all barometer of my health at this point. Yes, back when I was 256 pounds, it was saying something. But now? It just frustrates me more than anything else, and all too often, makes me doubt myself.
If my clothes fit, good. If they are getting tight, cut back. If they get loose (hey now!), buy smaller clothes. Here's the thing. At the beginning of my diet, I realized that even if I lost 100 pounds, I would still be overweight. But you know what? I've lost over 100 pounds. And while the scale, BMI and that jerk doctor would say I'm overweight, I know I'm not. I'm pretty fit (could always be more fit), I like the way I look in clothes most of the time, and I'm living at a manageable weight.
I have friends who eat right most of the time and exercise a ton. And yet, for them, the scale barely moves. What else could they do? There is not a whole lot to cut back on, food-wise, or increase, exercise-wise, without negatively impacting the quality of their lives. And while the scale may say that they are overweight, their physical size is shrinking and they are, indeed, fitting into smaller clothes. Yet somehow, that dang number on the scale seems to negate the true progress that they are making.
Is it really important to know the exact number that you weigh? If you keep an accurate food journal, sticking to the number of daily calories that should ensure a weight loss, and exercise on a regular basis, do you HAVE to step on the scale at the end of a week? If you have done your part, do you rely on the scale to do its part? We all know how temperamental that dang thing can be.
So I don't know why the scale is really necessary - for any of us. What about you - could you live without ever stepping on the scale again?