Life in General

Don’t Step on the Scale

I am one of those people that immediately (after using the bathroom) weighs themselves every morning. In fact, I usually periodically weigh myself throughout the day. I know this is ridiculous and a big no-no since your weight fluctuates, but I just have an urge to step on the scale. Usually I feel horrible afterwards but sometimes, on those rare occasions when my weight drops a pound or two, I get ecstatic.

But this week it’s going to be different. I have vowed not to step on the scale until this coming Monday. And while I do still have the strong urge, I haven’t weighed myself since Saturday morning! Instead of focusing on a number this week, I’m going to focus on trying to make the right choices (no, I don’t need to grab a snack just because I’m bored) and exercising a bit more.

The exercising is difficult for me at the moment because I have just been feeling extremely tired. It’s not uncommon for me to be tired since I have iron deficiency anemia (had it since I was born, my body cannot hold on to iron like it should so I have like no iron in my body at all, which means I am always tired and could become jaundice and require a blood transfusion), but this past month it seems like I am even more tired than normal. No matter how much sleep I get, I am just worn out. But I’m trying to push through the tiredness and up the amount of movement I do during the day.

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    August 5, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I have the same strong urge to weigh-in every single day. I don’t know why, but I just don’t feel “me” if I don’t know my exact weight for the start of that day. It’s hard to explain. It’s great that you’re going to try to avoid the scale altogether for a whole week! If it doesn’t work and you still feel the strong urge, try weighing-in every other day and then every three days…you may have to work up to the whole week without a weigh-in (I know I would…).

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    August 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I think this is a brilliant idea, as long as you are doing other things that will help, like what you said about focusing on other healthy things. Otherwise not stepping on the scale can do the opposite. But as long as you’re aware and consciously thinking about what goes in your mouth,  no problem! Good for you!!

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    August 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Oh what a good idea! Weighing yourself every day makes you become obsessive, and you take into account the natural fluctuations that happen much more than you need to. Weighing in at the end of the week will give you a much more realistic figure, and hopefully inspire you! I don’t own a set of scales, I’d become obsessed with them! Anaemia is such a struggle though, especially as you said, because of the energy it takes from you! Take care!

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    August 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I have personally stopped weighing myself completely — I hadn’t lost any weight according to the scales 2-3 months ago, but I went down two dress sizes since removing carbs from my diet. So your weight really tells you NOTHING about what’s going on in your body. You have to learn to listen to it — it will tell you what it wants!

    As for the anemia — B12 supplements with folic acid + iron are a LIFE SAVER for me. <3

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