Monday, September 14, 2009

Weigh in on the scale...

What a perfect Monday post!

Who loves their scale? I mean I have a nice one, it's good quality and does the job very well...but do I love it?


As a matter of fact some days I hate it. This morning for instance, it wasn't really the bearer of good news. It told me what I already concluded the night before: that cupcakes and cream cheese chipped beef dip may not be the healthiest party food choices. C'est la vie!

But I also don't step on it everyday, I don't need a play by play of my ups and downs. I love the successes that I find when I step up on it. But somedays it does not relay success. But it has been with me, literally through thick and thin, and then a few too many pounds up over thin again.

A woman and her scale can have a very healthy relationship and here are a few tips on how to do that.

1) Don't weigh everyday. Our weight can fluctuate naturally as much as 4 to 5 pounds daily! If you are on a weight loss journey pick one day a week and step on the scale that day. The gains and losses you will see if you weigh yourself consistently will be more accurate, than if you weigh yourself before and after that big run or a day when you feel you did really well with your goals.

2) Be consistent. When you do weigh yourself, try and weigh in at the same time and in the same way. For instance when I do step on the scale, I do it first thing in the morning and usually in my birthday suit or pert near. When I am consistent in the time of day and way that I weigh in, I know I can trust the feedback the scale gives me, even if I don't like it!

3) Be forgiving. There are days when the number staring back at us on the scale is not what we want to see. EVERYONE has these days. Believe me, but when the number is up, it doesn't always mean the same thing. There is a chance you are retaining water, or maybe you are not feeling well, but haven't realized it yet. You could just be having an off day and it shows up on the scale. It doesn't always mean that the number is here to stay. Usually if I don't like what I see, I won't weigh myself for a while after adjusting my behavior. It helps me stay encouraged.

4) Be aware. The scale can be an indicator of something else wrong: a physical problem, a sad mood we are in or a really good nudge to have one less ice cream that week and two more apples. I recently stepped on the scale to find a 6lb. weight gain in two days. This was an indicator to me that something more was going on than the dessert I had the night before. And I was right, I went to the Dr. and discovered that something was indeed wrong. Maybe you are down and hurting and it shows up there, talk to a friend, find some support and be very aware of what is normal for your body so you can read the changes.

5) Be free. Despite the fact that it stares at me in the bathroom every morning, I only visit my scale once every week or two. Most days I allow my clothes to be the guide. If my pants are a bit too tight or a shirt feels snug, I will use the scale to monitor. Stepping up to take inventory and see where I stand. That way we can have a clear idea of the game plan: lay off the sweets and have one more glass of water if the number is a little high or turn up the workouts if it is too high of a change.

When do YOU weigh yourself?
Do you have a love hate relationship with the scale? Let's hear your Monday thoughts-- weigh in!

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