Getting Rid Of My Weight Scale

August 23, 2009 | By | 19 Replies More
Bye Bye Scales

Bye Bye Scales

Yes, you heard right – a new aera begins, right here, right now! See, I have been seeing a doctor about every 4 weeks to discuss my attitude towards food, and when I was there a couple of days ago and told her that I literally stand on the scale AT LEAST 2 times a day (morning and night), she was quite shocked and gave me a challenge; she said to simply get rid of them! She said to actually throw them out, or give them away to somebody else (!!!), but as I have such a relationship with my scales I decided to just put them in the back corner of our big shed where will be hard to get to them. So, they are gone….

That means that I will not be able to update my weight loss ticker any more. I will just leave it at 77.5kg for the time being. I will also not be “slave” to the scales any more. I had heard that it is not good for weight loss to stand on the scales all the time, one should rather go by what they look and feel like. Maybe there is a point in that!

So, I have emptied my bathroom of any devices that will throw my excess eating back in my face, and will instead concentrate on following through with little changes in habit that I will set out to do! Because, another few things that my doctor said to me I should do were:

  • sit down for meal times with the children WITHOUT TV or any other distractions. Concentrate on being together and on what you eat.
  • Eat as slow as my slowest eater – my 7 year old son LOL! I told her that I will be eating cold most of the time then, because he takes like 20 or 30 minutes to eat, but she said to do it anyway. After all, the slower you eat the better chance does your brain have to register when you are full!
  • Drink water, drink water, and drink water.

I believe that you will have the best chances with a lasting weight loss if you do small changes to your habits over time. Best, one at a time. And once you have changed your first habit for good, tackle the next. I know you are probably thinking I am full of s**t, if that all would work I would be successful myself, but isn’t it like that – we know so well what we have to do to lose the weight, but we just can’t stick to it! Well, guess what, I am the same. So that’s why we should maybe do smallest changes one by one. And I do believe in all the weight loss tips I have given on this blog so far, and will tackle them along the way, too!

CIMG0581 - CopyI have put a couple of photos in this post so you can see exactly what I look like today. My 6yo daughter took them in our backyard, and whilst I think it doesn’t look all that bad from the front, the pictures she took sideways are horrible!!! I can’t believe I have a belly like that. YUK!!! For some reason, it never looks that bad when I look in the mirror…

Anyway, I am going to leave with all that today, and will keep you updated on my progress. I am starting with concentrating on drinking plenty of water, not weighing myself any more, and sitting down for mealtimes, eating slowly.

If I am successful with losing some weight I will post more pictures so you can see the difference. Ok?

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  1. Greg says:

    I don’t major weight problem, but I used to weigh myself twice a day also. Almost a year ago I moved overseas and have not weighed myself since. I lost a little weight after the move but I could guess to the pound what my weight is now.

    All the scales do is confirm what you already know.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      @Greg, I think you are right. But isn’t it just so addictive to know your exact weight all the time? I think it’s the emotion that comes with it that makes it so compelling – if you have lost a little you feel great, and of course you hope every time to see a little less, but if you see more it’s devastating.

  2. Sean says:

    I tried to throw mine out but just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

    LOL

    It seriously becomes addictive especially after a good workout.

    But how bad does it feel when you ‘starve’ yourself and have a hard workout and the scale seems to go UP in the evenings!!
    .-= Sean´s last blog ..My Grandfather and Diabetes =-.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      @Sean, I found it always made me feel good when it went down, and then I usually ate a little more again because “I had lost weight”, so it was really counterproductive! But now without I am scared that it will start going up and I won’t notice until you can really see it…

  3. Hey Petra,

    I’ve gotten rid of the “bathroom” scale but I still weight myself every morning on my Wii Fit board. Something about seeing the graphs and charts keep me coming back.

    I think your Doctor gave you some really sound advice. I should eat like my 6 year old, I swear she burns more calories during dinner (with all the bathroom breaks and dancing) than I do on the treadmill.

    Steve
    .-= Steve @ Healthy Weight Loss´s last blog ..7 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism =-.

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  5. nice weight loss tips. thanks

  6. graves says:

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  7. Mike says:

    I disagree, I think weighing myself has kept my weight down. As an example, my freshman year in college I gained 20 pounds by Christmas. I had not weighed that whole time. I had no idea that I had gained that much. Now I weigh most every day, and diet when I gain 10 pounds. (I eat healthy when not on diet also.) It is so much easier to lose 10 pounds than to lose 20 or 100 pounds.

    I think in terms of running average over a week, not my one time weight. I am a Quality Engineer, and I believe in control charts. To Measure is to manage.

    http://www.Ideal-Weight-Charts.com

  8. I got rid of my scale 5 years ago and I can tell that I began to lose weight after that. Probably because I was less stressed about my weight…

  9. Very nice weight loss tips,i tried it out and i loss my weight,i love the blog.

    Thanks

  10. That is really good advise, if you are obsessing over something it is much harder to deal with.

  11. Edirol R-09 says:

    I guess it’s one thing to obsess over something like jumping on the scale a gazillion times a day (and believe me, I know what it’s like to obsess – OCD patient here) as opposed to learning how to make the scale your best friend!

    If I am dieting and I know that I’m doing good by eating right, I look forward to getting on the scale every morning. Oh yeah – it’s that reward I get when I see the numbers going down to get me through the day. If you put it in your mind (because it’s true) that weighing yourself throughout the day gives you false readings, you will steer clear of that.
    Edirol R-09´s last blog post ..Edirol R-09 Review

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  14. Kylie K says:

    I’m not a fan of the scale. I don’t have one. I just go by how I feel and look. I feel much better about myself this way. And I enjoyed your blog! Thanks!

  15. Get rid of it. Monitor portions,sugar intake, and internal feedback, not scales. Pooey.

  16. Frank says:

    Great post Petra, weighing yourself is not a good measure of your weight loss progress because there is always a possibility that you might have lost some body fat but gained some quality muscle mass at the same time.
    Frank´s last blog post ..Kettlebell Workout Routines and Their Benefits.

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