So…I’ve been thinking a lot about my last post and the meltdown that created it. I’ve been letting the number on the scale control my life for a long, long time and I’m tired of it. I never considered myself as a someone who was ruled by the scale, but if I’m being honest, I am a loyal subject to Queen Scale and have pledged to listen to her and her only when it comes to my weight. My moods, my self esteem, my body image….they’ve all bowed down to the infinite wisdom of her Holy Number.

But you know what? I don’t think her Number is infinitely wise after all. I’ve thought about it some more and instead of weighing in once a month, I’d like to do a little experiment.

What would happen if I didn’t weigh in…at all?

If I wasn’t living under the influence of The Number, would I do things differently? Would I think about things in a different light? Right now, everything I do is under the microscope of “how many pounds have I lost (or gained)” and I really want more than that for myself. If I have a good healthy week and it doesn’t reflect on the scale, I get upset (or frustrated, or pissed off, or sad). If I eat like crap and it doesn’t reflect on the scale, I feel like I got away with something. I rarely stop and consider “how do I FEEEEEEEEL??????”

So here’s my experiment: I want to see how/if I would change if I didn’t weigh myself. For a whole year.

Yes, that’s right. One whole year scale-free.

Would I approach working out differently? Would I eat better just for the sake of eating better? How would I feel if I did things without consulting the Almighty Number first?

Would I talk more kindly to myself? Would I stop putting off things that I want to do now instead of “when I weigh xyz”? I want to know how I’ll approach life without worrying about the number on the scale.

Now, I know that I need some way to measure progress, so here’s what I’m going to do:

  • take body measurements every 3 months
  • use my Fitbit to work my way up to 10,000 steps per day
  • track the amount of push ups I can do once a month
  • track how long I can hold a plank once a month

I think those are some positive numbers to work for, don’t you?

The last time I stepped on the scale was Monday, July 15th, so I’m already ten days in. I think this will be interesting to see how it plays out. If for some reason I cave and decide to weigh myself, I’ll post it here honestly. This experiment isn’t just about staying off the scale, it’s about living without the number. It’s about living well.

Let the No Scale Experiment begin! 🙂

9 thoughts on “Experimental

  1. I think this is worth a try, if for nothing more than to break the hold that the almighty scale has over you. It’s been nearly two years since I’ve weighed myself, and I don’t regret the decision to put the scale away. Good luck with this!

  2. This will be an interesting experiment. I did not allow the scale (or anyone else) to dictate to me what I thought of myself for many years before I ever lost the weight. I didn’t lose weight, but I think it was very valuable that I thought well of myself when I started to lose.

    I don’t think you should measure–that might become a substitute for the scale. But then, I’ve never been a measurer.

    What do you think about some healthy food goals? Or are you okay with that already?

    1. Oh I definitely need some food goals, I’m still working on that. As far as the measuring goes, once a month would be too much, but I think every 3 months would be far enough apart that it wouldn’t affect me like the scale does. You bring up a good point about it being a substitute for the scale though – I’ll have to ponder that one a bit. 🙂

  3. I like it! Your “other than the number” measurement ideas are so smart… These are the numbers that matter anyway, right? I’m going to seriously consider this…

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