Quitting the Bathroom Scale – One Month Test

Tomorrow is Monday. When people are starting a diet, or a weight loss program, or whatever the fitness campaign might be, they start it on a Monday and they approach the dreaded bathroom scale.

About to stand on the bathroom scale

For the last two years I’ve kept a scale in my bathroom and probably step on it every single morning. How crazy is that? I’m not sure if it’s out of habit, or curiosity, or insecurity, or what it might be, but tomorrow I’m stopping. I’m putting the scale away and not stepping on it for a month, just to see what happens.

In the past, if I’ve stepped on the scale and saw that the numbers were a little lower, I subconsciously sabotaged myself and started eating more or treating myself, which would of course end up with the  numbers going back up. So, what if I don’t weigh myself, so I can’t sabotage myself, and instead just base everything on how I feel, how my jeans fit, how my body is functioning, etc.?

We all know the scale sucks. Your weight can fluctuate a few pounds each day, simply based on water weight, your cycle, etc., and it’s ridiculous if I let myself fret for a few days only to see it return to normal a few days later. Seems like a waste of my energy and emotions. Not to mention, the scale doesn’t take into account how much fat you’ve lost or muscle you’ve gained, so while you could be losing fat & replacing it with muscle, that annoying number on the scale might not budge and make you feel like throwing in the towel, subsequently ending the good thing you have going.

So I’m going to just test this out, and see how it goes. I have a feeling not much will change weight-wise, but I will have stopped fretting about a stupid little number.

Has anyone else done something similar?


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