Typically on Wednesdays, I weigh myself. It keeps me in check. Sometimes I’ll skip a week every so often, but generally, I am consistent with my weekly weigh ins.
Before I go into why weekly weigh-ins particularly work for me, I need to say this first: This is what works for me. If you have or have had an eating disorder and the scale is something you can not use, then DON’T. This is not a one-size-fits-all method to weight maintenance. It’s just something that I have found to work for me and I would like to share it with the general, healthy public. If scales and numbers are something you don’t like to read about, then skip this post please.
Consistency is Key
It started at the end of my sophomore year of college. I was 20 years old. I was always a generally thin person and never really was concerned of my weight. I figured, “I workout, I can eat anything and everything”. And I did!
Sorority Days = FOOD OVERLOAD
At this time I lived in a sorority house and had an abundance of food available to me. We had a cook who grocery shopped and cooked for us daily. It was great! But I was eating way to many brownies and took to many late night trips down to the kitchen (especially after a night of drinking).
That summer after college I had a doctor’s appointment. I was asked to step on the scale to get my weight. So I did. And the number 146lbs popped up. I had never seen that high of a number and the last time I had checked (probably a good year!) I was 138lbs. That was an 8lb difference and I was shocked. I didn’t feel heavier.
But then I began to look back at my year and realized all the changes I made, especially when it came to my diet and drinking habits. I was plain overdoing it and logically, that equals weight gain. I just didn’t think it could happen to me.
That summer, I lived in North Carolina with my mom (the glorious Summer of 2005). I was able to detox, for lack of a better term. No, I didn’t do anything crazy, but I literally detoxed from alcohol and too much junk food.
I was eating more fresh food and just more nutrients. I was working out and began hitting the weights (I believe heavy lifting really shaped my body for the better). My body was normalizing again. I lost the extra weight I had gained during my sophomore year and from there on out, my body weight stays right around 140lbs (+ or – 3lbs, as I do fluctuate during the month).
I was even able to still enjoy college for the next two years, but was just a bit more mindful of my eating habits.
Since then, I have always weighed myself at least weekly. Sometimes more, but really once or twice a week is all you need. Ever since picking up this habit, my weight is never a surprise when I step on the scale.
Reining Myself In
There are times when I step on the scale and I am either at the high end of my healthy weight or just outside of it. And it’s usually after a good few days of eating crappy.
Today is one of those times. I stepped on the scale and I am at my higher end (And I am not during that ‘time of the month’, so it’s not that!)
What does this mean? It means I have to rein myself in. And I admit, since Friday, I’ve been eating too much junky food. The food itself is not bad, but it’s the amount I’ve been eating and I know this.
Seeing the number on the scale is just more proof that I need to be more mindful of what I am eating. Within a day or two, my body will normalize. It was always does. But only because I am deciding to stop the pattern of overeating.
To be honest, I don’t feel any heavier (sometimes I can feel it), so I could have just decided not to weigh myself and this could keep going on. And this is how significant weight gain could happen. It’s when we ignore our bodies.
It Works for Me
Now, some of us can naturally regulate our body weight without a scale. I have gone more than a couple of weeks without weighing myself, so I know I probably could too. But I still like to use it simply as a tool and a reminder each week. I’m not a slave to it and it doesn’t dictate how I feel about myself. I am not in a sour mood today just because my weight is on the higher end of my happy weight. So this method works for me.
What are your thoughts on the scale?