Is Weighing Yourself Every Day a Bad Habit?

Health Check 3

scaleYou and me, we have to have a heart-to-heart. Don't freak out -- but it's about weight. I know, I KNOW you don't like to talk about it. Heck, does ANY woman? But we all deal with it. Weight. Pounds. Weighing too much. Weighing too little. And of course, the dreaded scale.

I have a confession for you all: I weigh myself every day. Every morning I wake up, use the bathroom, and out of habit, I step onto my small scale in the corner of my small New York City apartment, and I hope for a solid number. Some people may think that I'm a little obsessive compulsive -- but I'm here to tell you that it's OK. I promise.

Let's talk specifics, shall we?

Recently I went through a four-month period (otherwise known as winter) where I never weighed myself. Looking back now, I can't even remember WHERE my scale was in my apartment during that time. I was living my life without any limitations. Going out to luxurious dinners, grabbing a caramel macchiato before work instead of my usual black coffee, and opting for frozen yogurt on my walk back from the subway at LEAST three days a week because, well, it was there.

After my four-month hiatus of hitting the scale, I finally stepped on and was WOW-ed. I knew I had gained weight, but deep down inside, I was hoping by some miracle of god it wasn't what it was. After shedding that winter weight by making MANY healthier day-to-day decisions, I'm back to my usual. Now, weighing myself every day keeps me accountable.

Now, I know what you're thinking. What happens when you're three or four pounds more than usual? Suicidal thoughts? No. Not at all. It's not like I see a high number on my scale in the morning and then refuse to eat throughout the day. It's not like I WON'T go out to dinner because I know my scale exists. I know that's not realistic. After I take the half-inch step up and see that number, I come to terms with the result. If I need to get right back on that healthy horse, so be it. That's what I deserve. That's what I want for my life. 

Believe me -- if I thought weighing myself in the morning was detrimental to my mental state, I wouldn't do it. But I see nothing wrong with keeping myself on track.

Do you weigh yourself often? Do you think it does more damage than good?


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