Wed, Apr 9, 2008
I am embarrassed to admit that I allow a silly display on a SCALE to
dictate **how** I feel about myself on any given day.
Nonetheless, I must ask for fact vs fiction regarding THE
WEIGH-IN NUMBER on a scale:
1) Is it beneficial to weigh every day or just once a week?
2) Is there any truth to getting a more accurate weight reading in the
morning? or at least striving to weigh in at the same time of day for
3) Is it okay to skip the scale all-together?
Seriously Considering throwing the Scale Outside the nearest High-Rise,
Weighed-Down in VA
I try and pick emails (you know, from the millions the MizFit receives daily. She’s second only to Jillian on that account.) which I think ask questions that many people have. This one? DEFINITELY wins by a landslide.
Ive received the same email—written myriad ways— from a number of you.
Before I answer lemmie give a brief disclaimer: the MizFit could ramble about this
shit compelling topic forever. For hours.
It would be a facetime of the week and run night & day.
All that to say that what follows is merely scratching the surface and only my opinion.
now let’s get to the good stuff.
First? Everyone in Virginia run and duck for cover as I do believe (hope? dare to dream?) that by the end of this post there’ll be a scale whizzing out a high-rise window.
Im not a fan of the scale.
Pretty much period. Sure it’s great to hop on them once a year during your annual physical but—in the MizFit’s mind—that really should be it.
However, since Im aware that 99% of the population disagrees with me, let’s at least set a few boundaries with the hunk of metal which can rule our lives if we give it too much power.
Rule Number One: If you care to call yerself a MizFit I command you never, EVER *EVER* to weigh yourself daily. Talk about a mind
fuck game. If our goal is to be kind to ourselves and set ourselves up for success this surely is not the path.
Eat 3 cannisters of Chipper brand beef jerky *and* a whole mess of sliced deli turkey? * The scale is definitely going to be up a few pounds the next morning.
Spend a long, hot, fun day in the sun and not drink enough fluids? Your dehydration could definitely reflect itself on the scale in pounds lost.
If you choose to weight yourself regularly, weighed-down in virginia, Id suggest you pick one set day & time a week and stick to that schedule.
This segues nicely to your second question about the accurate weight reading in the morning (MizFit is now about to snag yer scale and hurl it out the highrise *for* you but I digress…). Many recommend you weight first thing in the morning (post-peeing if you wanna be extra sure you’re empty!) as, since you havent eaten in a while, you will receive a true “read” or weight.
Me? I really dont think that it matters. I guess you can make the effort to always weigh either at the end of the day or first thing in the morning—-but MizFit doesnt roll with the scale like that.
Alas, there is no dramatic reason why I dont weigh myself either (I know. there’s no hope for a turbulent MizFit memoir which could then be turned into a Lifetime movie starring Mischa Barton) .
For me it is *all* about how the clothes fit.
It’s as simple as are my favorite jeans too tight (Im making up an example here. we all know that the MizFit doesnt shed her Nike trail running shorts unless coerced)?
I must have gained a few & it’s time to re-examine my activity level or my diet.
I wrote an article recently where I suggested that women pick a particular piece of clothing as their check-in piece (this was geared toward people who had shed a great deal of weight and were beginning to maintain), skip the scale, and try the article of clothing on once a week instead.
If I could tell you what to do, emailer, Id suggest going that route. Find a pair of pants/skirt/shorts you either fit into or aspire to wear and rename THAT as your scale.
I promise you while it might be frustrating on the days the item doesnt fit —-it will be no where near as self-esteem bashing as the hunk of metal bearing a meaningless number.
Thats just my .02 though—-MizFits? What do you think?
*this is just an example. this would never be your fearless leader.