That really is the question!
I'm one of the rare people here on this board who have avoided weighing on a regular basis. After being held hostage by a number on the scale for previous weight loss attempts, I find it a relief to not stress out with the daily fluctuations that you sometimes see on a regular weigh in. I'm curious to know my weight, but the curiosity doesn't consume me.
I was hoping to not weigh in again until July 18, my one-year mark. However, my company is starting a weight loss challenge next week for nearly 3 months, and I am thinking about participating. Participating means weighing in next week and in late July/early August, with weekly weigh ins not required (but weekly weigh ins give you a chance to win a prize).
On the "pro" side of weighing in, I do well when I challenge myself, so I could feel renewed by a new challenge. I also have a birthday next week and a two week vacation to Europe in late May and early June, so I might be slightly less likely to binge or totally lose control like I have done on other vacations. Being in a contest might make me feel more accountable while I'm gone. It probably wouldn't hurt to know whether I'm losing weight too fast, as I suspect I am.
On the "con" side, I don't really benefit much for weighing in. No big prize, no incentive to do well. I have done fine on motivation without the help of a scale. And I am so worried that my weight loss journey will start to become focused on the scale rather than my improved health and appearance. I don't want to become depressed if I have lost less than expected - that was the trigger for failure last time.
So should I weigh in or just keep living in ignorant bliss?