Now I realize that in this modern age, calling something (or someone) a tool is NOT a nice thing.
However, I had seen some suggestions from my last blog about weighing in every day to see the trend of my weight, and not rely on a once a week reading. Knowing how much power the scale can have over me (ecstatic when I see a "good" number, sad when I see a "bad" number), I had my doubts as to whether I could actually step on the scale every day, and if I could learn anything from the experience.
Intrigued, I decided to conduct an experiment. By making it an experiment, I could be objective about the data, and not have any emotional connection to the number on the scale. For the past 2 weeks I have been weighing in every day and recording the data. This has given me some interesting insights:
1) The scale really is just a tool! It provides data that can be analyzed. Thanks to this experiment it has lost its power over my emotions regarding my weight.
2) Weight is a fluctuating thing. It NEVER (at least for me) stays exactly the same day after day. While the numbers fluctuate, it is indeed the trend of the numbers that makes a difference.
3) There are many things that can influence the number on the scale. Salty foods, low water intake, lower amounts of exercise/activity and even inflammation from an injury can make that number higher. By adjusting the factors I can control, I can influence the trend in my favor and maintain my weight more evenly.
Looking back over what I've just written, I see that my insights aren't anything new. In fact, I know that I have read some of these things in the articles on Spark People. But the fact that I did a personal experiment really made these points hit home for me! I'm not sure I'll remain a die hard daily weigh-in person, but I now know that I have a tool which can help me keep my weight within a happy range. And thanks to this experiment, the scale isn't a scary thing anymore, but simply a tool.