Today when I woke up I decided to hop on the scale. Despite being on a journey to lose weight, I don’t do it every morning anymore, but I do check in every other day or so just out of habit.
But I want to tell you why I don’t pay attention to the number.
This morning I hopped on the scale and it said 214.0 lbs. Considering that I weighed in at 211.8 at my last weigh in on Sunday, that should be disappointing, right?
But I hopped on another scale. It said 210.6 lbs. Well woohoo! I just lost a pound or even 3 + pounds! Right? Not exactly.
I stepped on another scale (yes, we currently have 3 because we just do but I would NOT recommend it) and it said 212.6 pounds. Well, that’s in the middle and probably the most accurate number since it’s MY scale and mine is the best. But I still don’t really care.
Here’s my point: numbers on scales aren’t reliable. They can’t be your only measure for success.
Although I don’t post about it often I have a lot of success measurements, from the fit of clothes to my measurements to the number of reps I can do an exercise to the energy I have. I don’t rely only on the scale, despite the fact that it’s all I report to you each week. It’s a quick barometer of progress but I don’t put much stock into it because it has many factors that affect it.
Are you retaining water? The scale won’t be friendly.
Are you weighing at a different time of day? The scale won’t say what you like.
Are you weighing on a different scale? The scale might not show a good number.
The scale is useful to measure progress over time, much like all the other measurements. But a daily measurement? It doesn’t work that way. You can be up 3 lbs one day and then down the next. Taking the weight once a week shows a more accurate picture of what is happening with your body (which is why Weight Watchers and every other diet does weekly weigh ins) but it’s still not the whole picture.
Every day you weigh in it could be off from the “real” number. And worse – you can step on three different scales and weigh three different weights.
I honestly don’t know why people still place so much importance on weight when we know it works like this. I see so many people out there blogging about how sad their weigh in was and it seems like their day can be ruined by a bad showing on the scale. Why? I don’t want anything to determine how I feel each day… especially not a scale. I weigh myself, note the number or forget it, and move on. I do the healthy stuff because it makes me and my body feel better.
And you should too. Don’t pay attention to the scale because you know it’s not the only thing that measure success. In my opinion it is the LEAST reliable. It’s something that can easily change in the course of a few hours and therefore not to be taken as gospel truth. If you haven’t started taking your measurements or have other ways to show success, then start now. Don’t rely on the unreliable scale.