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Living without my scale means less stress, but requires more focus

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By Lisa Spodak (ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com)
Provided by WorldNow

Year without a scale:  Week 3

It's been three weeks since I publicly gave up weighing myself for a year.  And I'm a little embarrassed, though not devastatingly so, to admit that I've already "cheated" a few times.

I haven't been able to synch up with my friend who graciously offered to keep the scale for me, so it's still in my apartment.  I slid it all the way under my bureau and back by the wall so it's out of sight, but it's not completely out of mind. 

So, while I'm a little disappointed in myself that I couldn't stay off it completely, I'm also proud that I've weighed myself a total of six times.  Six times over three weeks instead of six times over a single day!

It's actually been helpful to weigh myself a few times, because it confirmed that I do have a pretty good sense of how I'm doing and what the consequences of what I eat turn out to be on my body.  Of the six times I weighed myself, I was able to predict my weight within a pound every time except once. 

While I would love to report that my unplanned weigh-ins reassured me that I'm steadily losing weight and have inspired me to be confident that I'll continue to do so, I've actually simply been maintaining.  But this is okay, too.  For a few months now, I've been mostly maintaining anyway, but stressing out over it with my multiple weigh-ins.  At least now, I've banished most of the stress with the same end result.  And, most importantly, I'm not gaining!

In a slightly unexpected way, skipping the scale has made me more accountable rather than less so.  I find myself paying more attention to what I eat and the decisions I make from meal to meal because I'm not using the scale as a gauge to tell me how I'm doing.  I can't eat whatever I want and then tell myself it's okay because I happened to have a "good" weigh-in.  The only thing that will help me predict my results and judge my progress will be being honest with myself regarding calories-in and calories-out. 

I got a lot of feedback on my plan when I posted it, both from readers here and from some of my friends.  And I'd like to reiterate that my giving up my scale is not an act of frustration meaning I'm giving up my goal to still lose weight.  It's more akin to removing a distraction that was keeping me from focusing on how I feel and how I look instead of numbers on a scale.

Did you have a chance to answer my poll yet?  If not, take a look and tell us… how often do you weigh yourself? 

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  • How often do you weigh yourself?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Multiple times a day
    11%
    52 votes
    Once a day
    50%
    261 votes
    Every few days
    8%
    42 votes
    Once a week
    7%
    39 votes
    Once a month
    2%
    12 votes
    Periodically, in no particular pattern
    5%
    27 votes
    When I go to the gym
    1%
    7 votes
    Only at the doctor's office
    3%
    18 votes
    Never
    13%
    67 votes
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