Hi. My name is Katey and I’m an addict.
I’m addicted to my scale.
I know precisely how much I have weighed at every stage of my life, and how I judged my own value as a result.
How can I possibly know how to feel about myself if I don’t know how much I weigh?
This week, I did not do a good job of protecting my sense of self-worth. You see, I committed a grievous sin: I gained two pounds while on a brief family vacation.
Commence well-worn self-flagellation sequence.
Gaining 2 lbs ruined my whole Monday (Monday is always weigh-in day). “I know better! What do I expect when I let myself off the hook and eat BLTs and pizza while sipping cocktails?? Shame on me! Bad, bad Katey!”
I hope you think that such a reaction to 2 lbs is neurotic and that I’m being too hard on myself. It took me a couple of days, but that’s what I finally realized.
My clothes fit the same way. I’m as strong as I was before I stepped on the scale on Monday morning. You wouldn’t know that I gained any weight just by looking at me. In fact, this picture that I posted to my “About” page was taken on the vacation in question – about 36 hours before discovering the minor gain.
So, why did those two little pounds (that I know I can take off again) have the power to bring me down?? Does the girl in my “About” picture look like someone who should be beaten up for weight-related failure? Does that body deserve my shame? No. I need to put my foot down. That body is just fine, thank you. (Yes, I am talking to my own inner voice. Don’t judge me.)
I tell everyone who asks for my advice on fitness not to get too hung up on the scale. The hardest weeks in my 100 pound journey were the weeks when the scale wouldn’t budge. I’d be doing my best, working out, not cheating, and still that stupid scale would stay stubbornly stuck on the same number.
Those were the weeks that I considered quitting. “I just can’t do it! It’s too hard!”
When trying to lose weight, I weigh myself once a week. I get excited for Monday mornings. I can’t wait to see those numbers fall. This makes the emotional crash all the more painful when there is no loss. And, since entering ‘maintenance phase’, I’ve been weighing myself more than ever – almost daily. I want to be sure I’m maintaining. I want to catch any gains and turn them around as quickly as they appear.
But now, I think it’s time that I take my own advice. I need to stop worrying about the stupid numbers on the scale.
I need a detox.
So – here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to detox from the scale for a full month in an attempt to put a little distance between the scale and my emotional state. I’ll stick to my calorie-monitored diet and continue to exercise 6 days a week. I’ll monitor my weight with my clothes. If they start to feel snug, I’ll tighten things up for a while on the caloric side until my jeans fit well again.
I may need to ask my husband to hide the scale so I can’t cheat.
Just writing this has raised my heart rate.
Instant panic-sensation? Yeah. A detox is in order.
I’ll let you know if I break out in hives.
You’re first 5 days on, how’re you doing?
No hives yet – but it really does require a conscious effort to not stress about it TOO much. It makes me nervous not to know. But that’s precisely why I needed this challenge in the first place, right? 🙂
Sorry it took me so long to respond – I really appreciate your comments!