My love/hate relationship with the scale

August 7, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

1202w-scale-lI think many of you probably feel the same way about the scale as I do. When it’s good to you, you love it. But when the numbers betray all of your hard work (or so you think), you hate it. It’s funny how one little piece of electronics can hold such sway over my happiness.

I’m sure many of you are saying numbers don’t matter, don’t get obsessed. I agree, to an extent, that there should be more to happiness than the numbers on the scale. Other indicators for me include how my clothes fit, being able to do ten push-ups on my toes (instead of my knees) when I previously couldn’t. Little victories, like these, really contribute to my overall mental well-being. But at the end of the day, the numbers still matter.

When I was doing Weight Watchers, my day-before prep for the weigh-in was extensive (and stressful). I would find myself concocting crazy schemes to make the numbers go down, even if I hadn’t done the work to actually have it happen. On bad weeks, I hated going to weigh-ins. I’d do pre weigh-ins at home to manage my own expectations. I have to admit, I’m still kind of guilty. Since I’m tracking my weight on my own now, I only record it when it’s down. Isn’t that terrible?

There’s just something about the scale and the numbers on it that telegraph to me success or failure.

What’s your take? What’s your love/hate relationship with the scale? Let us hear from you. Comment here, email and tweet @Cooking_Light using #SocialDiet.


  1. Kat

    For me, its taken years to really grasp that Its not about the scale, just as its not about food. They’re “stand ins” for other issues related to anxiety, self and mood. Try to ask yourself, whats going on? when you next feel need to overeat or restrict whatever the reason. I think the answer is inside my head, not on the outside.

    December 18, 2013 at 6:04 am
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