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11-20-2010, 11:34 AM
I got rid of my scale over the summer because it was starting to drive me crazy. I was doing yoga and hiking all the time and getting stronger but the scale wasn't moving. I started to think "hey this stuff isn't working."

What?! Things that are making me strong and fit and happy and sweaty aren't "working?" What I meant was they weren't making the scale move, but they were certainly working in a million different ways to make me better.

So, I stopped weighing myself and eventually took the scale to the "swap pile" at the dump.

I've often wondered in those intervening months what my weight would do if I weren't monitoring it everyday.

Well, I bought a scale today (The Taylor Biggest Loser one). I weigh exactly the same as I did the day I threw the other one away.

It will be interesting to see my body fat change as I continue my workouts, and to see if the scale will change if I start monitoring my calories (or if having the scale here will make me more conscious of my calories and encourage me to monitor them.)

Anyone else find that having a scale in the house changed their behavior?

11-20-2010, 03:33 PM
It's crazy, but I keep mine in my kitchen. I know. I put it away when my fiance moved in and over the course of about 9 months, I gained 15 pounds. It was easy to ignore HOW much, even though I knew my clothes weren't fitting. We were hiking all OVER the place - camping and hiking and trail walking, etc., but I was matching him in eating and we were indulging a lot. I had to move it back into the kitchen so I would weigh in the mornings. He wants me to dump mine and just be happy and eat healthy. But I know it would get worse than it is now. So I'm finding that NOT having a scale in my routine somehow had me think I wasn't going to have to be accountable for those excess calories. I just wish they'd drop off as quickly as I enjoyed adding them on! In due time, I hope. I plan.

11-20-2010, 03:50 PM
It's a double edge sword. My tanita scale arrived about 2 days ago, I had a Taylor which was very inaccurate but I had it for over 3 years so this was to be expected. With the scale I start to become obsessed and I don't notice it right away but it happens very gradual. So instead of weighing everyday like I have been doing for the past couple of weeks I plan to weigh once a week on Friday. Its hard not doing my morning ritual and hopping on the scale but the number on the scale and daily fluctuations plays games with my mind and this isn't good. Whenever I take a break from the scale for a month or more my weight maintains.

Sometimes I need a mental break and thats fine we're all different. I've been losing inches since I started doing intervals, adding more protein, and lifting heavier weights. My husband just came home a couple of mins ago after being gone for 2 weeks and he really sees that I'm getting toned and smaller. The scale weighs all of you and it doesn't tell you if your losing inches, so thats why you should definitely measure yourself also. I think I'm off topic a little but hopefully I answered your question in all that rambling I just did.

11-20-2010, 04:25 PM
When I had a scale before, it was in my bedroom so I was always standing on it. This time it's in the down stairs bathroom that I only use once every couple of days, so I won't be tempted to be on it all the time.

It's the "Biggest Loser" version and measure body fat %, which I'm very interested in. It's quite high right now, but I'm going to enjoy lifting my weights and hiking to see if I can get that number down.