Blissfully ignorant of the number

My scale has been dead for a couple of weeks now and I truth be told, I really don’t have any desire to replace it. After it died, my husband mentioned how we should just get a new one. I nodded my head, “yeah sure honey” and went on my merry way. Yesterday I found the dead button battery placed strategically on the counter next to my makeup bag – his not so subtle way of *reminding* me that the scale is still dead. He is big on the scale because he just recently lost ten pounds by doing nothing other than thinking about it ( I hate him), so he likes to jump on the scale and congratulate himself on his big achievement. I, on the other hand, am quite happy with out the number beast. I’m not worrying about what the current number is and if I get curious, I whip out the handy dandy tape measure and wrap it around my waist. According to the fabric number goddess, I have lost ½ an inch in the last couple of weeks, so I am pleased. And really, the scale doesn’t usually tell me anything that I don’t already know. I can feel when I am up or when I am down in pounds, so the scale is only a confirmation of what I know.
I am a little afraid that if I don’t replace the scale, I might just get a little too comfy not knowing the numbers. I am really big into the *ignorance is bliss* thing, and if I don’t keep a handle on things, I could get just plain BIG. I will probably replace it eventually, but I’m in no hurry.

How dependant are you all on your scales?

  One thought on “Blissfully ignorant of the number

  1. lme
    February 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I weigh myself daily right now. I didn’t weigh myself for almost a year, and in that time, I gained 20 pounds. I’m one of those people who needs a reminder (or some kind of regular reckoning/accountability). During that time of not weighing, I knew I was putting some weight on (I could tell by the way my clothes fit). I had no idea how much until I weighed myself. For some reason, I’m able to pretty much fit in most of my clothes while in a fairly broad weight range. I’m wearing the same things now at 164 that I was wearing at 184.5. They fit better now for sure, but I could still wear them when I was heavier. I wear a lot of skirts and dresses though. Those are much more forgiving than pants.

    When I get to goal, I’ll probably see how it goes with weighing once a week.

  2. February 5, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I’m a total scale whore.

    But you don’t have to be! There’s no reason whatsoever you can’t use your tape measure as your guide. Or your clothes. It has to be something, though, or else you can’t keep track of your success (or lack of success, which means you gotta get moving). The scale is really unreliable sometimes and if you get emotionally attached to it, it can be a very bad thing.

    Can you put it somewhere for hubby to weigh where you don’t have to see it? I hate how men can lose so quickly. But whatever, that’s like ONE thing they have on us. Women rock. 😉

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  4. February 6, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I stayed away from the scale for most of 2007 and lost nothing only gained 15 pounds. So now, I try to weight first thing every morning, no matter what.

    But like Laura said, that doesn’t mean you need to. A tape measure doesn’t lie either.

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