Saturday, 4 July 2009

Cold-turkey on the scales

I'm missing the scales already. I'm developing paranoia, that just because I haven't checked my weight for the last 2 mornings, it's piling back on, sneaking back onto my body. And I think that's exactly why I need to step away from them. After all, when I'm on holiday or staying with friends I do just fine without them.

So - why have I made this move to stop stepping on the scales every morning? I'm getting obsessed with them. Not in a the scales didn't say what I wanted this morning and it's ruined my whole day kind of way, just in a getting a bit stressed when the don't move kind of way, which ends up making me start second-guessing all my food and exercise habits. I over-analyse, and then I complicate things. I tweak something here. I tweak something there. And then I get annoyed when the scales still don't move the way I want them to. I'm just making the whole thing way to complicated.

It's simple. If I average sensible eating over a period of time, and consistently throw some exercise in to the mix - then eventually my body will respond. Inches will disappear, pounds will melt away, choirs of angels will sing and all will be right with the world.

However, it ain't going to be quick, it won't conform to whatever timetable I've got in my head, and it probably won't come off the bits I specifically want it to first, because that's how life works. Patience, my young paduin learner. I need to learn some patience. And standing on the scales every morning, focussing intently on some fluctuating number, is not going to help that. At all.

3 comments:

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Everyone loves instant gratification, but this is one instance when you need to realize that you're in it for the long haul.

Hopping on and scale every day works for a few people, but I think it's more discouraging for most. You're right... do the right things and your body will respond.

Eventually, the scale will even respond.

Think big picture. Look long term.

You've got this.

anne h said...

I never weigh except for every random now and then. I tend to put too much emphasis on it. I can tell better by how my clothes fit.

Tina xx said...

I think your right to do that if that helps. Well done for having the strength to do it !!
I also am a serial weigher....lol
I stand on them every morning, just for confirmation in my own mind that Im not gaining. It works for me. I would get too paranoid if I didnt have them x