I listened to a podcast episode this week about goals. The speaker was talking about the components in achieving any goal you set for yourself. He did a great job of explaining each component and gave a concrete example of how you would apply each one.
His example was his goal of reaching “optimal health”. He defined optimal health by listing the numbers he wanted to reach regarding his blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, ability to stop taking medication (with physician approval) etc. He said that a “symptom” of good health was weight loss, but not necessarily a goal he wanted to achieve.
He then went on to explain other parts of what will give you goal achievement. One of these was “feedback”. He said that feedback was necessary to know where you are on your way to achieve your goal. Makes sense, but wouldn’t one feedback source be your weight? He didn’t mention weight at all though. He said that you need daily feedback… Wouldn’t stepping on the scale each day give you that?
You could just take your blood pressure every day I guess. But I think stepping on the scale for a few seconds is a lot easier and quicker. Don’t you?
Do I think taking your blood pressure regularly (weekly) is a good idea? Sure. Aren’t most American’s over weight? Unfortunately, yes. Don’t you think that these overweight American’s, monitoring their weight on the scale, get them on track to making better decisions about their health?
You bet your buns!
I KNOW that many people just try to avoid this feedback tool – the handy bathroom scale.
I did. No judgment here. Zero.
For YEARS I avoided the scale. As a teenager I would say to myself about my parent’s bathroom scale: “it’s so old that it’s probably broken, so why bother”. I would ignore/avoid the scale so that I didn’t have to face reality.
Now, there are other types of feedback, I mentioned a few above, but I would argue that you can get on the scale each day, without having a meltdown, if you see it move up. It’s hard not to think negative thoughts. But I am more motivated to make a change in my life when I get feedback from weighing myself every morning.
I’ve used a few of these thoughts on the mornings when the number on the scale is up a little:
My monthly cycle may be affecting my weight today.
I wonder if I drank enough water yesterday? I’ll be sure to drink at least 8 cups today.
I wonder if I ate something extra salty that caused this gain?
Is it time to adjust my protocol?
If you couldn’t tell before, I’m a newly converted advocate for weighing yourself each day. If there is a gain or a loss, I just want to be curious about why. It’s a tool to tell me what is or isn’t working.
Do you weigh yourself each day? Or do your let that number on the scale scare you, like I did?