“I hate the scale. It makes everyone focus on the wrong thing, myself included. Losing weight isn’t the goal for any of us! Losing FAT is the goal. I have to fight the monster putting ludicrous numbers in my head every time I step on the godforsaken thing. I get trapped making excuses for what caused a fluctuation.”
I did a search on “I hate the scale.” I have plenty of material for my Saturday scale rants and raves. Yes, it is Saturday and time to step on the scale. The person whose quote I took above says that losing weight isn’t the goal, but losing fat is the goal. Well, correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t losing fat losing weight?
Now I will say there are times I seriously dislike the scale. Hate is a strong word. I know the scale is just doing its job. Sometimes it doesn’t do it to my satisfaction. My scale does show me if I’m losing fat. In fact, some time ago my weight remained the same but the fat percentage went down. On the spreadsheet that meant my LBM (lean body mass) went up and my fat went down and they equaled out on weight.
A couple of things I disagree with here rant. The scale is not “godforsaken.” God is just as concerned about my weight as I am. He designed the body. He knows I would feel better and be healthier if that scale showed a lower weight. It’s also best not to try to second-guess the scale. Just take it for what it says.
We do have a tendency to seek excuses when the scale fails to move down or worse, move up. We will think of what we ate and say we had too much sodium so the body is holding water. Or we will say we should have worked harder this week on our exercise.
Do your best, step on the scale, allow it to measure your weight. Don’t allow it to control your day. It’s just a measurement. Don’t hate the scale. It’s just doing its job.