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SmallSteps
02-07-2012, 02:58 PM
I have a confession to make. I am a scale addict. Iím nowhere near as bad as I used to be (weighing several times a day), but the first thing I do when I walk in the door at work (I work in a medical clinic) is weigh myself.

Logically, I know it's not helpful but I do it anyway and am annoyed when I haven't lost weight! Difficult habit to break once you've started though, I'm so eager to see results I'll torture myself with scales!

Any one else addicted to the scale? How did you break your habit?


tlr
02-07-2012, 03:30 PM
I am and I do not plan to stop.. I know there will be many days of zero weight loss.. Some I will gain... But for me weighing keeps me accountable. I have lost 100 pounds two times.. Gained it all back... Well last summer I lost maybe 40 ish.. I stopped eating on plan.. But Never really gained much back. I stepped on the scale everyday.. I would make choices really depending if I was up any or not.. I am back dieting again.. And for me its just works...

alitorry
02-07-2012, 03:43 PM
I pretty much am also. I tell myself all the time that I'll do it only every few days. but, do it every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I hope I can hold off too :) I'm going to try and resist, then the weight loss will more exciting.. let's try it!! haha.


SmallSteps
02-07-2012, 03:47 PM
It is so hardddddddd alitorry!!! I don't know what I expect to happen in 24 hours. I keep telling myself I will only do it once a week but I can never follow through!!

linJber
02-07-2012, 04:05 PM
I weigh just about every morning but can only imagine horrible frustration if I chose to weigh several times a day.

Maybe analyze what you expect to see and that might get to the reasons behind obsessive weighing. It certainly won't hurt you. It just seems like it would be frustrating.

Weighing every day (or weekly - whatever works for you) keeps us "honest," so to speak. I'm all for that. But I don't ever want to be frustrated so I never get on the scale mid day or at night. Though I did weigh myself once at the gym before and after a heavy duty cardio session just out of curiosity. The difference isn't as much as you might think, and it's all sweat, anyway! More frustration.

Just do what works for you. As long as it keeps you on plan.

Lon

SmallSteps
02-07-2012, 04:27 PM
Maybe analyze what you expect to see and that might get to the reasons behind obsessive weighing. It certainly won't hurt you. It just seems like it would be frustrating.

I am expecting to see that I dropped 70 pounds over night but that never seems to happen!! :carrot:

Candeka
02-07-2012, 04:32 PM
I weigh every morning and have a chart hanging next to my scale where I record my weight. The chart is for each month. I like to see what progress I am making and it helps me realize that even if I am up a pound, it is just a fluctuation and not me actually gaining weight.

Before I was not keeping a chart but was still weighing everyday. I would FREAK and become sad ALL DAY if I gained anything compared to the day before. But now since I can see the different increases/decreases, it does not bother me at all to be up .5 one day since I know that the next day I might be down .8 or something.

thistoo
02-07-2012, 04:42 PM
I am expecting to see that I dropped 70 pounds over night but that never seems to happen!!

At least you're honest!

I cured myself of my daily weighing habit once by putting the scale in the closet where it was a pain to schlep back out again (which wouldn't work for you, obviously.) But by not weighing regularly I managed to lie to myself all the way into a 68-pound regain, so now I'm back to daily weighing. Probably forever. I'll take the scale addiction over ever weighing this much again, even when I want to throw it into traffic.

SmallSteps
02-07-2012, 05:03 PM
I have already thrown my home scale into traffic!! lol! Unfortunately my employer frowns on my distroying expensive electronic equipment!

Arctic Mama
02-07-2012, 05:15 PM
I weigh every day and don't miss. It's not an issue unless the numbers bother you - keeping my weight tracked every single day has kept me from regaining significant weight the past three years and is incredibly helpful to my losing it, too.

A scale addiction that distracts or distresses you is a problem, but for many of us daily weighing is the solution to years of 'ignoring' our weight and letting the pounds creep on without notice, until one day we woke up 50 pounds overweight!

Underwater
02-07-2012, 05:44 PM
I weigh every day. I used to weigh just once a week, but I found weighing throughout the week keeps me more accountable to myself. Occasionally I'll skip a day if I ate a lot of salt the day before and don't want to see the water weight gain.

I don't weigh at night. I have a couple of times in the past and it just makes me upset. Of course I should be seeing a gain- I put lots of food and water in my body all day- but for some reason I still feel sad.

Lyla
02-07-2012, 05:45 PM
Hy, my name is Lyla and i'm a scale addict.
The thing is that i don't want nor trying to stop. I wish i could see a -1kg every day (if happend i will be very worried though hahaha), but for me is the way to stay accountable. I'm on a cyclical keto diet, and is important to me to watch any weight change or weight reaction to certain foods and carbs and calories in vs out.

I weight myself twice a day, morning and night before bed.

linJber
02-07-2012, 08:13 PM
SmallSteps - you're killing me! I DEFINITELY would stay away from the scale at night if I wanted to see a loss. Every morning makes sense, though, naked.

I didn't keep a chart by the scale, but I did make a string of beads with 100 beads on it - 10 of one color, 10 of another color, etc., so it would be easy to see the 10 pound sections, and pinned it to the curtains right next to where the scale sits. Every Wednesday, I moved beads from right to left indicating a loss. There were 91 beads moved over between January 13th and October 1st. The last nine are on hold, but I can't seem to take the string down. It's a constant reminder of what I did and how I intend to remain. I don't want to ever move a bead back to the right.

Lin

HappyNurse2005
02-07-2012, 09:15 PM
I weigh every morning, and I keep the scale in the kitchen. Makes it an easy reminder. I keep track of it in a app on my iphone, and I do like seeing the daily change. AS a previous poster mentioned, it helps to see that gaining a little one day doesn't always mean i'm gaining, but may just be a day to day fluctuation. (not that i like seeing it go up when i do see it!).

Of course, I also tend to weigh throughout the day. I do not freak out if its high, I just get curious. When teh scale was put away, it was easier to not weigh and pretend everything was okay

konfyoozed
02-07-2012, 09:27 PM
i started out weighing every day. and it was great at first. then eventually when the weight loss slowed down and i wasn't seeing regular drops of a few tenths of a pound, and the small gains more regularly i got so stressed, even though in the end i was still losing weight at a fairly decent rate, that i would often complain to my husband that i didn't see the point of this or that, since the weight wasn't GOING anywhere (it was, just not as quickly as i wanted it to)... eventually i stopped all together, and didn't want to know. i've settled on weighing once a week to see how that goes because my phobia of failing won't let me check every day anymore.

thistoo
02-08-2012, 06:45 AM
Sometimes when my alarm goes off at 5:00 and I don't want to get up and work out, I think to myself, "But if I get out of bed right now I get to weigh myself!" It's kind of pathetic when I say it out loud, but sometimes that's the reason I get up instead of blowing off a workout.

OnMyWayDown
02-08-2012, 09:32 AM
I am also a scale addict.

Please someone explain to me (and maybe this describes you too) How is it that I went for years not even looking in the direction of the scale and now I can't miss a morning weigh in?

I know I will go up and down and stay the same depending on the day but I figure I got to where I am at ignoring the little changes long enough until they were major issues!

I have also learned that the last time I lost the weight and slipped up that I stopped weighing which basically meant I gained back 40 of the 45 lbs I lost because I didn't hold myself accountable!

I know its different for everyone...And believe me no matter how much I tell myself that some days will not show what I would like to see that in the end it helps me see where things mess with my weight loss.

On one of the threads I used to be involved in someone once said they thought "there was a little monster in the scale throwing up random numbers just to mess with her some days" I must say I whole agree completely. On the days that I think I should lose I gain or don't move and than some days I am convinced I am going to gain and it drops a lot.

SmallSteps
02-08-2012, 12:24 PM
SmallSteps - you're killing me! I DEFINITELY would stay away from the scale at night if I wanted to see a loss. Every morning makes sense, though, naked.

Lin!! Uhmmmm my work kinda frowns on that also! :carrot:

SmallSteps
02-08-2012, 12:28 PM
[QUOTE=OnMyWayDown;4208551]Please someone explain to me (and maybe this describes you too) How is it that I went for years not even looking in the direction of the scale and now I can't miss a morning weigh in? [QUOTE]

OnMyWayDown maybe we are just making up for lost time??

Sandi
02-08-2012, 12:56 PM
I also weigh every day, but just once in the morning when I get up. Never again during the day. I only track it on Mondays, the other days are for me. I like to know how I am doing!

kaplods
02-08-2012, 01:00 PM
I think we're taught to view the scale as an evil enemy rather than as a neutral tool.

For most of my life (I'm 45, and have been dieting since kindergarten) everyone said how bad it was to weigh more often than once a week, so I always felt guilty when I did. I was told daily weighing would be discouraging - and so it was - simple, self-fulfilling prophecy.

Then several years ago, I read a review of multiple weight loss studies, found success correlated with frequency of weighing. It made me re-evaluate my relationship with the scale. I decided that I didn't have to worry about the frequency of weighing, I had to change my expectations of the scale.

I always was discouraged when I didn't see a loss, because I was taught to be discouraged. When I decided that I was going to celebrate "not gaining" as my first and most important priority, I got to celebrate a whole lot more. I started weighing myself dozens of times a day, just for the sake of practice. I practiced "not getting upset," I practiced "celebrating not gaining," I practiced guessing how much eating, dressing, going to the bathroom.... would affect my weight from the previous weigh-in and I looked for patterns so that I would understand and learn to predict the weight fluctuations so I wouldn't be upset by them. Some days I weighed myself dozens of times, and by practicing celebrating every non-gain, I gained confidence. When I (half) expected a loss every time, I would feel less and less successful - less and less confident, and more and more discouraged.

I sitll weigh multiple times per day (though not as often as during the learning and practising phase), but I no longer use the word "addicted" when referring to my use of the scale, because that implies that the scale is a negative influence, and that's no longer true.

You don't generally hear people say they're "addicted" to brushing their teeth whether they do so once a day, or after every meal and snack.

It can be hard to break the negative and harmful relationship that we're often taught to have with the scale, but that's much more important than how often a person uses the scale. We have to stop seeing the negative relationship as being inevitable, though. If weighing weekly, monthly, or never is helpful, I'm all for it, but I really would like to see the expectations and social judgements disappear from frequent weighing.

I think we attach so much guilt to dieting that it becomes virtually impossible to do anything without feeling guilty for it. Eat off plan - feel guilty and discouraged. Weigh yourself too often - feel guilty and discouraged. Not weighing often enough- -feel guilty and discouraged. Lose too slowly - feel guilty and discouraged. Lose too quickly - feel guilty and discouraged. Drink too little water - feel guilty. Exercise too little - feel guitly and discouraged.

We're taught to make weight loss and weight management a no-win guilt-fest, and then wonder why the success rate is so poor. If we focused on making the process more positive, where even not-gaining was seen as an incredible win, maybe more folks would be able to accomplish it.

I know for me, these 105 lbs I've lost have been the easiest (definitely not the fastest, but still the easiest) of all the thousands of pounds I've lost (and then regained) in my life. Without the guilt and obsessions, weight loss actually is kind of fun, and certainly not as miserable as I was taught to make it.

SmallSteps
02-08-2012, 02:19 PM
Great post kaplods!!

OnMyWayDown
02-08-2012, 06:42 PM
Seconded!

124chicksinger
02-08-2012, 07:00 PM
I try to stay off the scale. I vow to stay off the scale. I join challenges and challenge myself to stay off the scale. I'm successful for some while, generally a short while. Then, I feel......thinner. I step on and let the feeling overcome me....and it is rarely neutral. Its either horrendous...or glorious.

Right now, I'm in an off phase. Likely, I'm afraid I'm up rather than the same or down. I will give it as long as I can before I hop on again.

I don't know that I have any advice except to try to stay off it for just one day. Then take it day by day. Eventually, we need to know the number because that is the way we measure the progress, generally accepted way anyhow. Good luck and you are not alone.

oneshortday
02-11-2012, 12:58 AM
I just started this month, and I'm finding myself weighing several times a day. It's a bad habit to get into, I know, but it's hard. :( I feel like I won't know if I'm making progress if I don't, but then I obsess. I'm hoping to break the habit once I get into the 240's and finally assure myself that I REALLY AM losing weight and it's not just a fluke.

fyreflie24
02-11-2012, 12:03 PM
My nutritionist has forbidden me from stepping on a scale anywhere but in her office. I was freaked in the beginning but it's actually been very liberating! Now the big X factor here is that I don't have the behavior pattern I once had of eating crap after the weigh in and then 'recovering' the rest of the week... I do hate having to wait but in some ways the not knowing has made it a bit easier. We're all different. I was an obsessive morning weigher so I was very surprised at how I responded to this 'mandate' :)

suzukigurl
02-11-2012, 09:33 PM
I weigh myself every morning, I have two reasons for doing this!
#1 If I have lost weight it's a great way to start my day, do a little happy dance and it motivates me to stay on track.
#2 If I haven't lost or gain a little. I know I have to work extra hard that day and that motivates me to make good choices.
This is part of my new positive mind set, I need to face the reality of that day head on and not stress over what a scale may say in a week or two. I want to know what I am dealing with on a daily bases!

delyn
02-13-2012, 09:59 PM
I weigh myself first thing in the morning as well. At first I was only going to weigh in once or twice a week, but I think weighing in everyday helps keep me more accountable.

Even though the numbers aren't moving as fast as I would want, it gives me extra motivation to eat healthy & exercise so I can't see the numbers budge some.