That is the question! I am a scale addict. I have been known to weigh myself several times as day. Because, we all know that our weight fluctuations during the day and to accurately know how much I have lost/gained I need to weight at various points during to day and monitor the changes at those times.
I weaned myself off of multiple weighi-ins a day down to once a day. I've argued that if I don't weigh myself daily, I will gain weight. And history has proven such a fact because I don't want to get on the scale when I am gaining weight. See the logic?
I now weigh myself every 5 days or so. I just can't manage to go a full week. The problem is...
I feel great until I hit the scale. It's not that the scale isn't moving in the right direction. It is. It's just not jumping down the scale the way I feel like it is.
Let me explain. I am working out and loving how I feel afterwards. I am eating my 1866 calories or less. I am making my goal for the end of the year. So I should be happy with my scale readings. But I am not.
So, I forcing myself to stay off the scale. Not bad. I feel great. I am getting compliments. But I don't "know" how much I weigh. I am fearful that not knowing will mean I will gain weight. But I hate how I feel when I get on the scale. It ruins my day. When I began this journey last year a good friend of mine suggested that I put my scale away for 6 months. That I work out and eat right for those 6 months but not get on the scale. I tried. It lasted a week.
But I think I am ready now to try going scale free. Because I know if I follow the program I have set up for myself, I will see results. My goal requires losing less than 1 pound a week. So that scale is not going to jump each week. In 6 months I should lose approximately 20 pounds if I follow my program.
I feel good not going on the scale. I feel horrible when I get on it. So logic says stay off! But addictions do not follow logic. Every morning I have to talk myself into staying off the scale. That I feel good, that I exercise, that I journal what I eat and stay under my allocated calories.
So here's my plan. I weigh myself February 1st. I will have my daughter hide my scale from me until July 1st. I know that really is only 5 months, but I can't go until August. July is the middle of the summer and still time to burn some major calories if I need to. Plus, I am doing a tri on July 9th. It just all seems to go together. And in reality it will be July 3 or 4 before I can weigh in because we will be traveling back from NY on the 1st!
Wish me luck.