January 1st, I weighed myself. I decided I should lose five pounds. Every day in January I weighed myself faithfully every morning and every night. Why at night? (This is where the craziness begins.) If I weighed less than three pounds more than I did in the morning, I would take a sigh of relief. If I weighed more than three pounds over what I weighed in the morning, I would stress and try to drink tons of water before going to bed. I always allow for a two pound fluctuation in either direction, come morning.
When I wake up in the morning, right before I would weigh myself, sometimes I felt "lighter" and sometimes I felt "heavier". If, when I weighed myself, I was below the two pound "comfort zone", I was in a great mood all day and because of this, allowed myself to eat whatever the heck I wanted. If I was above the two pound "comfort zone", I would be in a not so good mood all day and because of this, allowed myself to eat whatever the heck I wanted. Isn't this completely whacked? Right?
Needless to say, come January 31st I had not lost (or gained) an ounce!
I put my scale away February 1st. I'm not going to get it out for 28 days.
I have two sizes in my closet. I know if I gain or lose a pound (or five) based on how those clothes fit me. I don't think I need a scale to tell me. But, part of me thinks that (SOME) people don't weigh themselves because they are afraid to see their weight. Kind of the "what I don't know won't hurt me" attitude.
This is the longest I have gone without weighing myself on a scale. I feel so much better, not worrying what the scale is going to say. But there is a part of me that is scared to death I am going to gain ten pounds and not know it. This, again, is crazy thinking. I can't gain ten pounds and not know it! Remember, I only have two sizes in my closet.
I'm not eating food based on reward for a lower number on the scale or punishment for a higher number on the scale. I am eating much more healthy than I had been. I'm more aware of what I put in my mouth.
How often do you weigh yourself? Daily? Weekly? Does it affect you in any sort of twisted or not-so-twisted way?
I need to know.