“It cannot talk yet it speaks to you. Some days it makes you giddy with delight. Other days it puts you into a deep depression. It judges you on a superficial level. The thought of it is enough to worry even the most optimistic person. What am I talking about? The notorious bathroom scale.”
I’m not the only one who sees the scale as a judge, jury, and executioner. Today is weigh-in day. Another attempt at seeing weight loss progress. This week has been difficult so weight loss may have eluded me. Sitting before me is the standard by which I can accurately judge weight loss. I switched to the mobile digital scale. Now the scale lights up with my weight. There is no guessing, no fudging, just a digital readout to the half-pound.
Checking weight loss on a difficult week is difficult. I check my weight almost daily anyway so I have a good idea what it will say today. Yet unlike the extremes of the quote above, I just take the scale’s output in stride. It is what it is. If I overeat, I can’t expect the scale to applaud my lack of effort.
For some the scale can become an obsession. Some people will weigh more than once a day. Some people let the scale set their mood for the day. The scale takes control over their lives. For those people I would say, stop it.
The scale is just a measuring device to see if you are losing weight. If you aren’t, then do something about it. The scale really shouldn’t dictate your emotional wellbeing. It’s just a gadget that displays weight. You might have to remind it of that fact.