Owning a scale can be a fraught endeavor. Having it right there every time you use the bathroom can make it easy to overuse and become “addicted,” but not owning one at all can lead to being oblivious about changes in your body until they are much farther along than you realized.
I’ve been on both sides of the table. It was during a period that I didn’t have a scale handy that I managed to gain 15 pounds. I shrugged off my ill-fitting clothes and lack of energy as having something to do with the new climate I had just moved to. But once I did get a scale, I found myself weighing in often and being much too affected by the number for my own good.
Right now, I feel like I’m at a good place: I have a scale, but I don’t use it very often – maybe a couple of times a month, just so things don’t get out of hand like they did that one time. And I do feel like there’s a right way to use the scale – both physically (i.e. having good posture) and mentally (i.e. keeping the number in perspective).
Read on to find out how to make sure you’re using your scale as a helpful tool – and not giving it power it doesn’t deserve.
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