Post # 1
I hadn’t weighed myself for months, it was becoming an obsessive thing so I stopped doing it. I can tell how I’m going by the fit of my clothes. I didn’t want to base how I felt about myself on a number.
I used to be 55kg on a 174cm frame. Super skinny – naturally. I could eat what I wanted and wouldn’t gain weight. People used to tell me to eat, even though I did. All I wanted was to gain weight and look healthier And have people stop making fun of me. I even asked my doctor if there was something wrong with me, and he said that I have a lot of nervous energy which burns off a lot of what I eat. I guess as I’ve gotten older, I’ve chilled out and learned not to get worked up about things.
The other day when I was at the doctor’s, I had to book in for surgery and they needed to know my weight. I guessed it was around 65kg but hopped on their scales – 70kg! I was really surprised, because I don’t identify with that weight at all. I have never weighed that much before. Because I’m tall, I carry the weight well so I don’t really notice the extra weight (apart from not having a flat tummy, but so what!).
After I got past the initial surprise, I thought ‘whatever, scales!’. I also thought, I felt fine about myself before I got on the scales, so why would I let that number make me feel bad about myself?
It made me think – do you identify with the number you see on the scales?
Post # 3
I really wish the number on the scale didn’t matter to me…. but it does. I doesn’t make me feel negatively or bother me or interfere with my everyday thoughts.
I gained around 8-10 pounds over the last 6 months. However, I am still down about 20 pounds from where I was 5 years ago. I feel fine, my clothes still fit fine. And for those reasons it has become easier to care less about that silly little number. As long as I know I am eating pretty healthy and trying to remain active, I don’t let the scale identify me.
Post # 4
I’m working really hard on not letting the scale define me. I’d rather be slim and strong than light.
That said, I’m still slightly grumped when the scale goes up. I’m spending the enxt few months trying to get used to my new weight before losing any more weight or choosing to make some tactical gains.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I very much let the number o the scale affect me. It’s really bad.
Howeer… when I think back to times when I was thin or heavier, and thought about how happy I feel or how much self-worth I feel, it didn’t change. So I just need to keep that in mind. 🙂
Post # 6
Totally. For some reason, my body weight fluctuates daily, up to 2 lbs which always freaks me out because I know I’ve stuck religiously to the perma diet. It always go back down the next day.
But, 2 lbs seems like a huge fluctuation to me. To gain 2 lbs of actual fat, I’d have to eat 7000 calories.
I’ve spent months trying to go from 118 to 115 & as soon as I get to 115 , the fluctuations start. Grrrrr.
Post # 7
@Deejayelle: I don’t have a set of scales in my house. I don’t think I ever had since moving off to college. My weight has fluxuated slightly through college based on the amount of weight training I was doing with cheerleading. When I looked my absolute best, I was my heaviest in college. It was because I was weight training more than usual.
I know I’ve gained weight in the past few months since I had my Mirena inserted. I’m also bloated a lot, because of the Mirena, I think? I can’t wear my tight fitting clothes, but I think I could if I buckled down on my crunches.
DH has always told me weight is just a number. What matters more is how you feel about the way you look.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
Yes!!! I used to weigh myself obsessively and if I didn’t weight the same as I did the day before or less I’d feel ugly and fat. And now I stopped so i let myself go… I need my scale and honestly I miss my old habits ugh.
Post # 9
If I don’t weigh myself I go off track…so weighing in is a must 2x per week.
Post # 10
I only worry about the fit of my clothes. If they get tight to a point of being ill-fitting, that’s when I’ll start worrying…but the numbers on the scale mean very little.
I’ve also always been naturally very thin (hover around 110lbs at 5’8″) and I’ve noticed that when I work out I actually GAIN weight because I start to build some muscle! So I’ve written off scales for the time being. 🙂
Post # 11
@Deejayelle: It took me a long time to realize that the number on the scale does not matter! I don’t look my weight. I’m pretty toned. I’m much happier when I don’t weigh myself. I go by how my clothes fit 🙂
Post # 12
I couldn’t begin to guess what I weigh, I never touch scales. I am bigger, but I also have quite a bit of muscle, so I don’t really think about it. I just go by how I feel and how my clothes fit. I’m assuming I’ve lost weight as all my pants seem to be looser fitting now.
Post # 13
@Deejayelle: I don’t weigh myself at all. I judge by what I see in the mirror and how my clothing fit. I am tall and the number on the scale always shocks the person who weighs me at the doctor’s office….no it does not define me.
Post # 14
The scale doesn’t usually affect me, I should say more clearly that it hasn’t affected me at all during my life until now. I recently got on the scale during a gym health assessment and realized I’ve gained 20 lbs since I met my husband, and almost 20 since the wedding. I was originally about 130, went up to 140 and then dropped to 132 before the wedding, and now I’m 150. 150 felt like a whole new level to me, like a serious wake up call. Not to say that in general 150 is heavy or not, but for *me* it’s 20 lbs of pure extra fat, since even at 130 I’m on the slim side of average, by no means “too thin” or “skinny”.
And, even if I subscribed to the “it’s just a number” (which I do, generally), it’s just another piece of evidence that I’ve gone off-track, I already knew I’ve gained weight and have seen the changes in the mirror.
Post # 15
@sassy411: Most people fluctuate on a daily basis. It’s water and food going in and coming back out (plus sodium).
I weigh myself on a daily basis for record-keeping purposes but I try to focus on the positive and not get dragged down by any negatives.
Post # 16
Oh, good, a place to post about this!
After finals this year, I weighed myself because I looked…different. I weighed 123lbs. I’m 5′ 10′. I’m back up to about 126 lbs now but that was jarring.