This is, I hope, the first, last, and only post I write about weight.
I’ve heard that owning a scale is a bad idea. I haven’t heard any concrete reasons why it’s a bad idea, but I gather that there is something about owning a scale that causes people to obsess over their weight, or maybe they think using the fit of their clothes is a better measure for whether they are losing/gaining too much, or possibly they think that without the scale they are simply free of that number.
Is this the truth? Am I missing something? I’ve had in-home access to a scale nearly my entire life and I haven’t had any of those problems. At least not exactly. Actually, now that I think about it, it was when I didn’t have access to a scale that things got a little bit out of control. True, there were other factors that contributed to the gain of more than a dozen pounds in a few short months, but I can’t help but think that if I’d had a scale, I wouldn’t have let it get to the “more than a dozen” point. Being able to step on a scale whenever I fear I might be headed down that road again keeps me from heading down that road again. I kind of feel that it keeps me from obsessing over my weight because I can step on the scale, know what it is, know where I stand, and act accordingly.
That goes for both sides of the issue: if I see that I’ve gained a couple of pounds, I change my eating habits. If I see that I’ve lost a couple of pounds, I change my eating habits (even though part of me wants to find out how low I can go). I have a family history of weight issues/eating disorders and it would be easy for me, I think, to say, “The thinner the better.” But being able to keep track of my weight keeps me honest with myself: thinner is not always better, maintaining a healthy weight is more important than fitting into a size 0.
I have no scheduled weigh in time. I don’t step on the scale daily, or weekly, and perhaps not even monthly — except when I’m pregnant. I’m not someone who gains weight easily and I’m not really someone who loses weight easily. (Easier than most, possibly, but it hardly just melts off — unless I’m breastfeeding, or training, or breastfeeding and training.) My body seems to like being at a certain weight, and it just so happens that the weight it likes to be at is a weight I feel good about. Sometimes my mind forgets that and starts playing tricks on me. It tells me that my clothes fit more snugly than usual and such. And then I start to get anxious. Maybe a little sad. I worry. I become distracted. (More than usual, I mean.) And that is when having a scale comes in handy. I can quickly and easily calm my troubled mind simply by stepping on it.
Plus it is super convenient when you have to make sure none of your luggage weighs more than 50 pounds before you head off to the airport.
Or maybe I’m totally off-base. What are your thoughts about having a scale in your home? Good idea? Bad idea?