I know that when it comes to weight, staying off the scales is recommended. Weighing yourself constantly gets overwhelming and overbearing. Knowing how much you’re gaining or losing can throw off your mindset and throw you off your groove. You can easily become obsessed with your weight when you allow yourself to weigh in constantly.
I get that. I’ve been there, done that.
However, despite knowing what may happen if I weigh in consistently, I do it. And it helps.
1. If I know what I weigh at the beginning of the day, middle of the day, and end of the day, no matter when I weigh myself, I feel okay about it. There are usually no surprises when I weigh myself because I know the ups and downs of the day and usually have a pretty good idea of what I’ll weigh at any point during the day.
2. I have come to know my body better. Because I know what I weigh, I can feel when maybe I’ve eaten too much or when the hard exercise I’ve been putting in is finally paying off.
3. I’m less disappointed. Over a year ago, I gained about 15 pounds in a short amount of time. I’ve been working to get it off and keep it off since then and it wasn’t until I finally started weighing in consistently that I actually started to see improvement. Before, I’d lose some weight, weigh in, saw I was doing well, weigh in a couple weeks later only to find out that I had gained weight, and would give up trying for a while. Now, however, I don’t get as depressed when I see I’ve gained weight. I can take that increase and change it right around.
I know it’s a little unorthodox, however, it works great for me whether I’m losing weight or just trying to maintain my weight.