Saturday, November 15, 2008

Am I obsessed with the scales???

You know I've been thinking about something I said in my last post. I had been weighing myself all week, last week, and counting down how much I'd lost each morning and then by weigh in day I'd lost 1.2 pounds from my previous weigh in weight (the previous Saturday). Then when I weighed in (at WW), I'd only lost 4/10ths of a pound.

I wonder if I'm trying to tell myself something? In my quest for tracking my weight, I wonder if that isn't adding to my frustration?

I used to not be able to weigh myself every day because it would really add stress to my life. But since WW, I've actually looked forward to weighing myself each morning. Because the scale always showed a loss, it was exciting to get up in the morning and weigh myself to watch the numbers go down.

But now, after 18 months of this, I wonder if it isn't time to go back to the way I used to do it and not weigh myself except at weigh in.

It might relieve some of the stress of my obsessing over my weight.

My mom has decided to put the scales away for a while. We seem to be going through the same highs and lows lately and she's having a hard time with all of this too. But I wonder... if she can do, can I?

I don't know if I can. I can't imagine not weighing myself each morning. How will I be able to tell if what I'm doing is working?? I'd have to wait an entire week to see if what I'm eating or how I'm exercising is actually working. Could I actually do that??

What's the alternative? Frustration. Obsession. Compulsion.

Do you weigh in every morning?



Jenn said...

I'm like you. I'm obsessed with weighing myself every morning. It's the first thing I think about when I get up. I don't know if I could stop either. You may just have to force yourself to put it away. At least try it for 1 week to see if makes a difference in your outlook.

Dee said...

I came across your blog and wanted to say a quick hello:)

I kind of like the surprise of weighing in weekly instead of daily. I was obsessed at one point but I learned that it was just making unnecessary stress in my life. I hope you are able to resist the urge to weigh-in daily. You are doing an awesome job so far....keep going!!

Karyn said...

I weigh every morning, but I can honestly say I am not obsessed with it.

I think that how often you weigh yourself is purely personal - if it isn't working for you to weigh everyday, don't. Or at least try for a few weeks to weigh only once a week. (I'd say give it at least 3 weeks try) Maybe you will feel less stressed about it.

In the past I was adamant about weighing only once a week - it works...and as Dee commented, it gives a nice can also be very motivating to not know what the scale will tell you on WI day. If you don't know that you're down 2 pounds already, you won't be as tempted to think you can "get away with" a treat.

Give it a try!

SeaShore said...

I weigh myself every morning. I think I need it to keep myself on the straight and narrow. I take staying on plan one day at a time, so I use that morning number to motivate me.

However, lots of people find the daily fluctuations to be demotivating.

My WW leader certainly advocates weighing only once a week. She's been after those who confess to weighing daily to put away the scales for a week to try it out. I have not confessed ;)

So why not try it for a week? See how it suits your needs and comfort level?