Before I begin, let me introduce the other three bloggers. Check out snippets from their posts below. They are:
Nurit from 1 Family. Friendly. Food
Sunny from That Extra 20 Pounds
Giyen from Bacon is my enemy
I think my relationship with the scale began about eight years ago when I started going to Weight Watcher meetings. If you have never been to a meeting, each week you go, get weighed in, and then go to the meetings which are on various aspects of nutrition. The first few months, I did fabulous. I lost weight every week and the leader would remark, "Oh! You had a good week!". After about 4 months though, I hit a plateau. It was so hard to go week after week and gain and lose the same 2 lbs. The leader was always supportive, but in my head I would be thinking, "Ugh! Bad week!"
I got pregnant soon after and went to monthly weigh in's at my obstetrician's office. I regarded the scale with apathy since one is supposed to gain weight while pregnant. After my son was born, I still regarded the scale with apathy since I assumed the weight would come off easily with breast feeding. (It did not)
When my second son was 2, my relationship with the scale started again. I knew my "baby weight" had not come off. To top it off, I had a feeling I was slowly gaining weight as my size 18 pants were starting to get a little snug. I decided to bite the bullet and buy a scale.
What I saw, I intuitively knew, but seeing that number was so disheartening. "How could I ever lose that much weight?" I asked myself. It was during this time that I found the book French Women Don't Get Fat. In it, the author Mireille Guiliano, recommends only occasional weigh ins as the way your clothes fit and feel make a much sexier approach to gauging weight loss. While this was appealing, the American in me wanted concrete numbers and so I weighed myself weekly and lost 34 lbs. in about 6 months. Then, I again hit a plateau.
All of a sudden, my weekly weigh ins weren't as fun anymore. Of course, it was slightly different now as I could see that I was maintaining my 34 lb. weight loss and that is extremely commendable in my mind. The weekly weigh in became less about patting myself on the back and more about maintaining peace of mind that I was not letting the weight creep back on.
With the start of Weight Loss Weekly though, I have been paying more attention to my diet, and have broken through my plateau. I am again losing weight. I knew intuitively that I was losing weight because my jeans that had become a tad snug over the holidays were suddenly feeling very loose. Now, I wanted the pat on the back at the weekly weigh in.
This past Friday, I stepped on the scale and had lost two pounds. I was disappointed. Crazy huh? But my clothes had been feeling so loose, I thought I had lost more. Why did I focus on that instead of celebrating the two pounds lost? I don't know. I think for me, the scale distracts from my day to day, meal to meal resolve to eat healthier by reminding me of benchmarks rather than the journey. I have a harder time finding an equilibrium when I step on the scale after say, a few pieces of pizza, and see I have gained water weight, rather than just realizing I overdid it with the pizza and compensate by eating lighter the next day. The equilibrium isn't what I focus on achieving when I weigh myself, it's the failure of having the pizza.
To be frank, I don't know what my relationship with the scale is. I know it does have it's place, but if it distracts me from my goals of eating healthier, perhaps I should take it out of my bathroom and hide it in the closet only to be used once a month? Maybe never? Could I give it up? I'll let you know.
Weight Loss Weekly appears every Monday on my site. It is a collaboration between me and three other bloggers struggling to lose weight like me. Snippets from their Weight Loss Weekly posts as well as links to their blogs are below. Check them out! We all discuss the same question so it's interesting to hear different perspectives.
My fellow Weight Loss Weekly bloggers are Nurit, Sunny and Giyen. Check out their posts below!
Nurit from 1 family. friendly. food:
"Truth is I don’t have any special relationships with the scale. I don’t love it or hate it. I just don’t use it very often and I pretty much ignore it. I did take it out of the closet and moved it next to my side of the bed, but I rarely use it. Why is that?" Click 1family. friendly. food. to find out.
Giyen from Bacon is My Enemy:
Giyen from Bacon is My Enemy:
"If bacon is my enemy, the scale is my nemesis." Read more here.
Sunny from That Extra 20 Pounds:
"I must say...I love the scale! Is that weird?" more at That Extra 20 Pounds