I know, I know. I talk about the scale a lot. I’m not quite as obsessed with it as I used to be. Since I started doing so much weight training I am seeing how the scale is less and less important. I’ve always heard about how much one’s weight can flutuate throughout the course of a day. So I decided to put that to the test and record my weight various times throughout the day.
It was ridiculous, I admit. But it was interesting to me to see just how unreliable that stupid scale really is. Here are my results and my very tongue-in-cheek attempt at “rationalizing” the fluctuations.
7:30 188.2 pounds. First thing after getting out of bed, before using the bathroom, with my pajamas still on. Two pounds up from last week. Great. I can’t say I don’t know why–baby shower fondant cake is the devil.
7:35 186.2 pounds. After using the bathroom, pajamas off. Seriously? Two pounds and all I did was use the bathroom and take off my clothes? Back to my weight from last week–thanks bladder and colon!
10:15 188 pounds. At the gym, after Interval class and running a mile, clothes and shoes on. I always weigh about 2-3 pounds heavier at the gym. Of course, I don’t take my clothes off there either.
1:00 189 pounds. Upstairs at home, after lunch, clothes and shoes on.
1:09 189.6 pounds Downstairs at home, same scale, same clothes and shoes on. So, I gained 0.6 ounces in nine minutes just by walking up and then down the stairs.
4:25 190.2 pounds After a mile walk, clothes and shoes still on. Weight is climbing up despite eating healthy foods and getting lots of exercise today. And there’s that stupid 190 number again. I’m so sick of seeing that dumb number.
6:12 190 pounds. Before supper, clothes and shoes on. Whew. I’m sure my bladder was to thank for this 0.2 ounce loss!
6:16 187 pounds. Before shower, no clothes. Do my clothes really weigh 3 pounds?
6:22 187.6 pounds After shower, no clothes. Maybe because my hair was wet? I knew I should’ve cut this hair off.
12:40 a.m. 189 Before bed, pajamas on.
And finally, 8:30 a.m. the next day 186.8 Whew. Almost back to last week’s weight.
So in 24 hours time my weight fluctuated from a morning low of 186.2 to a high of 190.2 and then back down to 186.8 the next morning. Four pounds difference!
Don’t let this post fool you…I really have not been as focused on the scale over the last two months as I was previously. I’m beginning to wonder if I really need it anymore. It has been a good tool for me to use as a guideline but I’m much more attuned to my body now. I know when I’m not eating clean or eating too many calories. I know when I’m slacking on working out. I can tell a difference in my clothes with just a few pounds. So do I really need the scale?
I’ve always used the scale as my crutch. It told me if I was on the right track or if I needed to step it up a notch. I’m wondering if I can trust myself and my body enough to stay on track (and know when I’m slipping up) if I pack the scale away? Maybe I should just try it for a month. I am proud to say that it does not hold nearly the amount of power that it used to. My clothes are getting smaller, I’m happier, I’m stronger and I’m seeing positive changes in my body so that really should be enough.
|These guns don’t care about the number on that scale! 😉|
Do you weigh yourself? If so, how often? Talk to me, people! I want to know your thoughts on weighing in!