(Closed) Do you identify with the number you see on the scales? **trigger warning**

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
9105 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@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.

Darling Husband has always told me weight is just a number. What matters more is how you feel about the way you look.

Post # 8
3076 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

If I don’t weigh myself I go off track…so weighing in is a must 2x per week.

Post # 10
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

@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
629 posts
Busy bee

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
1749 posts
Bumble bee

@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
1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

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