Friday, May 24, 2013

Scale or Size

I admit it.  I am a slave to my scale.  The number I see when I step on every morning (or evening) can dictate how I feel about myself.  I know it is silly.  There is SO much more to being healthy than a specific number on a scale, but it is just habit.

I was listening to a radio program yesterday and they were encouraging listeners to NOT use their scales at all when trying to diet/change their bodies. Instead, go by dress sizes, goaling to lose 2 dress sizes in 3 months, for example.

I am about 6 pounds heavier than I was a year ago and my diet and exercise have not changed that much.  All of my clothes still fit, though.  I even tried on my summer shorts and swimming suits and, despite a little extra tummy flab, I feel like I look about the same.

So, for the next month I am going to try to not weigh myself.  To measure inches and go by how my clothes feel.

Interested in taking your measurements?  Here are some major areas to measure and guidelines:

Waist:  look in the mirror and measure the smallest part of your torso.
Tummy:  even with your belly button.
Waist:  the thickest part of your lower torso/pelvis.  Yo' money maker ;)
Thighs: the halfway point between your hip bone and knee.
Arm:  the halfway point between the top of your shoulder and elbow.

Take measurements no more than once a month.  It can be just as frustrating as weighing yourself if you take inches everyday or every week.  BUT measuring my inches is so encouraging for me when I am feeling like I am not doing so great.
Make sure you write it down.  You may think you will remember, but you won't.
Every 1/4 inch counts, don't round up or down.

How about you?

Are you a slave to the scale?
Do you even care how much you weigh or do you also go with how you feel?
How much do you think I weigh?  J/K.  But seriously...


  1. dude. this post resonates home with me so much. i'm not one to just link to my own posts, but when you mentioned how weighing would decide the fate of your day, i was nodding along. so i wanted to share with you an old post of mine.

    good luck with not weighing! the last time i weighed was a few weeks ago because i was at the gyno. but before that it had been months since i had weighed myself. after you break yourself fro the scale, it's so liberating.

    1. Deanna,
      Thank you for sharing and stopping by! Also for your honest post.

  2. Last summer I was the worst slave to my scale I would weigh my self every morning! However I recently started using measurements and weekly or biweekly pictures which helps you see the difference a lot better than on the scale.
    Good luck with the not weighing yourself I know its a hard habit to kick I even fall back in to it some days.


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