If you’ve ever gone on a journey to lose or gain some weight then you’ll know it can be all to easily become a compunction to step on the weighing scales every time you walk past it. Almost all of us have one in our house and we need to see if we’re making progress, right?
However, the weight on the scales is just ‘A’ number, it’s not “THE” number. It’s just a single marker of progress but it by no means tells the whole story.
Don’t get me wrong, the scales is a useful tool. However we can become too focused on the number that the scales is telling us which means we also become too focused on whether the scales has moved enough in the right direction or not. If we feel it has moved in the wrong direction it can lead to us becoming disheartened.
Some people might advise stepping on a scale daily and for some people this will work. Personally, I prefer weekly, and ideally stepping on the scale at the same time of day each time you are checking your progress. Why? Well, it can help to give a slightly more consistent piece of the picture. There are lots of different factors at play that will influence whether the scales is showing a higher or lower number than expected so keeping your progress checks to a regular schedule will help to eliminate some of them.
– Did you have a stressful day?
– Did you get a restful nights sleep?
– Did you eat later last night than usual? or maybe eat something different than you normally do?