Why the Scale Obsession?
It is STUPID to be on the scale all the time. There are SO MUCH better ways to measure your progress. Quit making yourselves crazy with the scale, ESPECIALLY early out.
I will go so far as to say that if you are hooked on getting on the scale multiple times per week, you have a psychological issue. Knock. it. off. Look at OTHER ways of seeing progress. See how much further you can walk, how much easier you can bend. What can you do with your kids that you couldn't a couple weeks or months ago? What kinds of clothes can you wear now (non-stretch jeans, anyone?) that were out of the question not so long ago? What meds have you dumped?
STOP THE SCALE OBSESSION!
Intellectually, I KNOW that it is STUPID to be on the scale all the time and I KNOW I should be using other markers to measure...but I'm having trouble determining what those might be. After years of the numbers moving up, I'm just craving the "quick fix" of them moving down. I guess it's time to hide the scale...
Pick out one top and one bottom that fit you more or less correctly at the point where you started your preop diet if you had one. Otherwise go from the day of surgery. Try them on once a month and note the changes in fit.
Set goals that have nothing to do with any kind of measuring or weighing. These might be fitness goals, a bucket list of things to accomplish that you couldn't do before surgery, or anything that you have to work for.
a number on a wheel. If it was good, I was good. If it wasn't what I wanted (i.e., "bad") then
I was, by extension, "Bad".
When I began my WLS journey, I decided to not let this happen anymore. That's why I try
to encourage our fellow-journeyers to stay off the scale, to weigh only at their doctor's offices.
It's amazing how much this feels like freedom; not being under a constant scrutiny all the
I don't have a scale in my house to this day. I track myself by clothing fit.
I hope others are able to do this as well.
Thanks for this reminder and I hope others will take the advice for what it is, GOOD ADVICE!!!!
The last time I weighed ---at the doc's!---I was UP four pounds. The VERY SAME DAY, I went home and put on a garment that used to be tight---and it was LOOSE.
(The DS rocks!)
on 8/9/11 12:59 am
I am still loving life with my sleeve! Been maintaining at or below goal for over 4 years!
"People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within." - Ramona L. Anderson