With Mindful Eating comes a variety of other areas relating to our lives, that are to be explored. Many times I write about the simple act of eating, but I often ponder the countless links between our beliefs of food, our bodies and spirituality.
Today I bring up a question we all are confronted with, often, or rarely, but surely.
Should you weigh yourself?
There are a few popular approaches when it comes to stepping onto the scale to check how much you weigh.
Some people say it is a good source of accountability for maintaining their weight. These people likely weigh themselves daily, or every week, or so. They tend to know their weight at most, if not all, times.
Others say that the scale is meaningless and to throw it out. They say they rely on how their clothing fits instead of their weight. These people might know roughly how much they weigh, but they don’t make a habit out of reminding themselves based on a conviction that their weight really doesn’t really.
And, there are others, who haven’t decided one way or the other what to do with their scale (or if they should get a scale). They get anxious just thinking about stepping on it, and they get anxious just thinking about throwing it out. Mostly, these people are just anxious.
It’s interesting to note how people approach their scale and how much power they give it.
A generalization is that those people who weigh themselves daily care alot, or more likely, too much, about how much they weigh. They are known to be happy when they see lower numbers on the scale and upset when they see higher numbers (assuming they are maintaining or trying to lose weight). Their whole day might very well be a reflection of the number they saw on the scale earlier that morning. They might eat more or less based on their weight. They might think they are a better or worse person depending on the number they see.
But this is only a generalization. There exists many people who are in the habit of weighing themselves regularly who are not in the bit least tempted to base their success, happiness, or morality on what the scale reads. They may make adjustments in what they eat based on how much they weigh, but it only goes as far as that. They don’t view themselves differently or expect others to view them differently if their weight goes up or down.
In the same way, it would be a generalization to say that the people who rely on their clothing as the indicator of their weight, were of a balanced approach and to be used as worthy role models (as popularly taught). They may not routinely weigh themselves, but they may be caught up in habitual self acceptance or self hatred based on their body size (how their clothing fits on it) on any given day. They have the same mindset as the person who relies on a magic number on the scale only it is directed at a number on their wardrobe tag.
The truth is, no matter what you do with your scale, or if you have one at all, it really doesn’t matter.
There is alot of advice about the scale, these days. People get very passionate about the topic. They may say to step on it daily to keep yourself motivated (to either maintain, lose or gain weight) or get it out of your house immediately because your weight is only your gravitational force to planet Earth (interesting point).
The important thing to remember about scales and using or not using them, is that it is your choice.
If you want to weigh yourself, you can. If you don’t, you don’t have to. If you want to remain anxious about the whole idea, so be it.
Know that no matter what the scale reads, it is your choice with how you will respond. No matter how your clothes fit, you get to decide how you will feel about yourself and your day. And if you decide to remain undecided, you get to choose how you will deal with not knowing.
So, do what works for you. Use your scale, or not, or never decide. It is my opinion that your weight has nothing to do with anything noteworthy about today, but again, that is up for you to decide.
What do you think about this? Do you think it matters how much you weigh? How much others weigh? Do you have a better day when you weigh a specific number or does it not mean very much to you?
Leave a comment to share your opinion!
Image from Smart Alex.