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<rant title="I hate the scale">

It makes everyone focus on the wrong thing, myself included.  Losing weight isn't the goal for any of us!  Losing FAT is the goal. 

I have to fight the monster putting ludicrous numbers in my head every time I step on the godforsaken thing. 

I get trapped making excuses for what caused a fluctuation.

I council others to worry more about how their clothes fit than the number on the scale and then wake up the next day hoping just as much for a drop on the machine as I hope to fit into the "tight" jeans in the closet, and some days even moreso.  The machine makes me a hypocrite!

It makes tall women feel ashamed of their healthy weight, just because it's larger than a shorter woman's number.

It's my easiest measure of victory, and motivation to work harder after a bad weekend, but sometimes reading about people's fear of "bulking up" and not caring about the inches only the number on the scale, reminds me of all the hate in this love hate relationship...

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You're dam right there, I think watching those scales is sooo unhealthy sometimes. if your clothes are looser and you're feeling fitter then keep it up and good for you. Also people quite often gain a bit of muscle from doing more exercise which is heavier than fat. Anyway I'm on your side on this one for sure.

OMG me too.  I hate the **** scale.  Almost every week I go through this cycle (due to the number on the scale) Friday: Happy, Saturday: Decent, Sunday: Decent, Moday: TOTAL DEPRESSION, Tuesday: Depressed, Wednesday: Looking better, Thursday: Happy and repeat.

I'm toying with the idea of hiding my scale and doing only a weekly weigh in to avoid these ups and downs with my mood.  The only thing though, is when I see a significant loss on the scale that is one of the biggest motivators.  It's a double edge sword.

I agree with all you guys....for awhile I didn't weigh myself except for every couple of weeks...but now I'm weighing in once a week...and the last time I gained, but I had lost inches...I was so depressed, I ATE!  REALLY?  THAT WAS STUPID!

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i am sooo with you. 
there was times i would get so upset from the number on the scales that i would actually stop counting calories and give up.. and it could totally ruin my whole day if i've gained even less than a pound :(  

I agree! Very funny to read it from Someone else- happy Monday, ecstatic Tuesday, moderate Wednesday, doom and gloom Thursday, check the batteries Friday, wonder if gravity changed Saturday, depths of despair Sunday and back to Monday! Use to be OCD with cleaning now it's trying to assess the clear mood swings my scales are having! Scales can't truly measure the real you!
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Also agreed! I start to cringe now everytime I hear the scale isnt moving but I've lost 2 inches. Uh, screw the scale you are just fine! Down with the scale! 

I'm going to resist temptation and weigh in once a week.  I went 8 years without weighing myself... Think I can cut it down to 52 times a year. Update! 15 pounds in two weeks!

I disagree, i am actually pretty happy with my size. Maybe a little too big, however i am very heavy for my size and that puts so much stress on joints and knees. I am training for a marathon and the knees are the only thing that stop me at around 15 miles now. So weight does matter in the long run for your body.

^ yes, to some extent weight does matter; however, weighing yourself daily is not an effective measure of weight loss -- and unless you have the extreme mental fortitude to put up with the daily fluctuations, weighing yourself daily is almost always a lesson in frustration.  Particularly if you are someone who works out daily and then weighs...

The Scale Lies is a pretty good article written by some ACE trainer -- but the science is good.

Original Post by snoopy123123:

I disagree, i am actually pretty happy with my size. Maybe a little too big, however i am very heavy for my size and that puts so much stress on joints and knees. I am training for a marathon and the knees are the only thing that stop me at around 15 miles now. So weight does matter in the long run for your body.

I think you're missing the point of my post.  I'm upset about how easy it is to fall into a numbers game on the scale, especially when your body is changing its composition, despite the fact that you know you're eating less than you burn and your clothes are fitting looser, and every other sign points to what your end goal is.

It's hard to stay motivated when the scale's been sitting at the same spot for a month, even though your clothes really are looser.  That's not the way it should be, but for some strange reason we're hard wired to care more about the number than all the other things that we're doing well.

That is why I hate the scale.  I still weigh everyday, looking to break that last "low" I had.  I'm not bothered by fluctuation.  But I hate that my motivation comes from seeing that number drop rather than all the other things combined.

I know women who hate the scale so much  they won't allow their doctor to tell them what they weight. Two other friends refuse to get on the scale at the doctor's office.  Weighing them makes their BP go up.  I, personally, won't get on a scale until I know I've lost weight.  People will tell me I've lost and I can tell   by the fit of my clothing.  Once that happens I weigh myself every now and then.  By the way, one friend, who doesn't use a scale has lost a lot of weight. I'd guess 50+ pounds.

I am RIGHT there with you!  

I'm relatively short at 5'4", and most of my friends are between 5'7" and 5'11".  When they start talking about weight, I clam up.  I don't like telling them what I weight, because I'm short with a small build, so when they hear my weight it's always "OMG, you're sooooo lucky!  I wish I weighed that!"  I roll my eyes at my taller friends and point out that they'd have to just be skeletons to weigh that at their height!

I'm a huge advocate of it being about your fitness, not your weight, and I hear you about all that sounding like empty words when you step on the scale and see higher numbers - when all you hear day in and day out is that the number matter, it's hard to ignore that and not obsess over it.

I recommend to people who obsess about the scale to get a body fat percentage scale, not a regular scale and to ignore BMI completely.  I like to use the example that when I was at my heaviest weight I actually looked my best, because I was in weight training at the time.  The next time I reached that weight was after years of sedentary work, and let me tell you that even though the numbers were identical, I was fatter the second time around!

The worst thing people can do is weigh themselves more than once a week, and should do so even less if their just maintaining weight!  Easy to say, hard to do.  What I found helped was that I log on CC my weight on my weight day ONLY.  If I do cheat and step on the scale in between, I remind myself that this weight "doesn't count."  It is affected by meals I ate, bathroom trips, amount drank, clothes I'm inevitably wearing, etc, etc.  Hard at first, it actually helped me want to step on the scale LESS during the week, because my actual weight day was nearly always a more positive number than my in-week sneak peeks.  And with the percentage scales, seeing that actual fat percentage number drop is the truly rewarding part!

My scale is a dirty whore and is treated as such. ;)

My scale is a terrorist that actively takes my weight hostage and refuses to release it on a daily basis. The following is lifted directly from my Facebook page from mid-May:

"Did you know that emotions carry physical weight? Let me explain...

Earlier in the week, I weighed in and was down 3 pounds. That's a lot more than I expected, so I reweighed to be sure. The scale then showed I hadn't lost anything. A second reweighing showed the same result. So, I went to complain to hubby about our crappy inaccurate scale (Come on, it should be capable of giving a correct weight the first time. That's its job). Anyway, I came back in, made sure the scale was firmly within a single tile on the floor and weighed again. Down 1 pound. Reweighed to check for accuracy...still down 1 pound.

Moral of the story: Excitement weighs 3 pounds, disappointment weighs 2 pounds and I need to buy a scale that isn't quite so emotional."

Original Post by coach_k:

^ yes, to some extent weight does matter; however, weighing yourself daily is not an effective measure of weight loss -- and unless you have the extreme mental fortitude to put up with the daily fluctuations, weighing yourself daily is almost always a lesson in frustration.  Particularly if you are someone who works out daily and then weighs...

The Scale Lies is a pretty good article written by some ACE trainer -- but the science is good.

I still weigh myself daily, but I've learned not to care what it says. I like to give my trend line as many data points to work with as possible. I tried weighing weekly, but I didn't feel like I was inputting enough data to get a clear picture of what the trend was really doing - especially if the day before the weigh-in happened to be a case study in how not to eat.

I should hide the scale though because hubby's morning rants (especially now that he's started working out again) over the fluctuations are getting to be a bit much. ;)

I just ditched my scale recently! I don't think it's healthy for a 16 year old girl to weigh 4 times a day...
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