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The Scale is a Tool

Friday, July 21, 2017

Now I realize that in this modern age, calling something (or someone) a tool is NOT a nice thing. emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon
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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    TOOLS - SCALE, TAPE MEASURE.
    TOOLS - MIND
    TOOLS - SPARK PEOPLE, EXERCISE VIDEOS
    TOOLS - USE WHATEVER IT TAKES
    1385 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    "But the fact that I did a personal experiment really made these points hit home for me! ... And thanks to this experiment, the scale isn't a scary thing anymore, but simply a tool."

    And, with one experiment the scale has been stripped of its power. emoticon

    It's nothing but a piece of equipment used to collect a data point. Really. And, because you've successfully conducted your own experiment, you KNOW it. There's a big difference reading something versus knowing it through experience.

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    1392 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    Wow, I'm happy for you!
    Great experiment, great observatoins and analysis.
    emoticon
    1393 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    Welcome to the world of using data for information and planning.
    Spark provides nutritional data for us to use
    Many devices provide fitness data for us to use
    The scale provides another number to help us track how we're doing.

    Whether food, fitness or our weight, numbers are our friend and adjusting our attitude about them is key to success.
    1393 days ago
  • PAMBROWN62
    Good for you. I am not there yet so I'll stick with the weekly weigh ins, for now. I wish you continued success.
    1393 days ago
  • AOKDIET21
    Ok
    1393 days ago
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