The Unfortunate Demise of the Scale

January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Well….

I have a confession to make

Somewhere around last month

When I was looking to hit

That 200 Pounds Lost mark

But hadn’t quite gotten there yet

 

Before I came to the conclusion

That God is in control

And it was OK that I hadn’t reached my goal yet

 

Before I had a revelation

That the scale did not have it out for me

And that maybe I just needed some patience

And before I realized that there might be a lesson to learn in waiting

Instead of needing instant gratification from the scale

 

Well….

Before all THAT happened

Something else happened

 

It was back on that day when I woke up

Stepped on the scale

And it told me I had gained 2 pounds

And that’s when it happened

 

I know….I know…

It was totally immature

Not at all the kind of thing

I’m all that proud of

But here it is…

 

I got mad

Angry

IRATE

And I kicked the scale across the room

Straight into the wall

 

And then

Without hesitation

I scooped it up in my arms

Strolled right out the front door

In my nightgown and everything

Without even taking time to put on my slippers

Barefoot and my hair unbrushed

And walked it all the way out the street

Because it was trash day

And my trash can had already been rolled out to the mailbox

 

With boiling rage

I shoved it into the garbage

And stomped back into the house

Where I promptly was faced

With Charlotte

Standing in the living room

With a stunned look on her face

 

She’s my early riser

She had heard it all

So I stood there

Barefoot

In my nightgown

With my unbrushed hair

Suddenly aware

Woken up out of a trance

 

And then she spoke

“Mama”

“Yes?”

What are you doing?”

“Well Charlotte…..You see….”

Blank stare….

“I was just throwing away the scale”

“It didn’t tell you what you wanted to hear…huh?”

“Nope”

“Can I have some oatmeal?”

Phew….

And just like that the scale conversation was over

Or so I thought

 

Because an hour later, her siblings were awake

And as she greeted them good morning

She added

“Mama threw out the scale”

To which Annabelle replied

“She threw out a whale??”

 

“NO!!”, Charlotte yelled back

“Not a whale! The scale!”

 

ooooooo....” CJ said from across the room

“You called mama a whale!!…You’re going to be in trouubbbllleee!!!!”

 

Charlotte was exasperated now with their lack of understanding

“I did NOT call Mama a whale!!! I SAID she threw out the SCALE!”

 

And now they were on board

 

“OH the scale!!!”

Why’d you do that Mama?” CJ asked

But before I could reply

Charlotte interjected…..

 

“What do you think?

“She finally got sick of its attitude”

 

 

HA!

How’s THAT for the perfect reply?

That’s EXACTLY how I feel

On numerous occasions

The scale has attitude!!

SERIOUS attitude

And I’m just about sick and tired of it

 

Because for 17 months

I’ve been stepping on and off this scale

And in all this time

There is one thing I’ve learned about it

And it’s this

The scale is moody

It’s sometimes unreliable

And it doesn’t always tell the truth

 

You see, there are times

Where you do all the right things

And the scale doesn’t move

It’s as if the scale refuses

To tell the whole story

 

But there are other times too

Where I KNOW

I have NOT done what I was supposed to do

I know I’ve been pushing it

Slacking off

And then the scale shows a loss of 2 pounds

How can THAT be??

 

The scale is a crazy beast

It really is

It’s like a bad friend

Sometimes there for you

Sometimes not

Sometimes kind

Sometimes rude

What do you do with this ridiculous relationship?

 

Well if you’re me

You toss it

Throw it away

And then 3 days later

You have to go buy a new one

 

Because here’s the reality

The scale isn’t your friend

Not really

But it’s also not your enemy

 

The scale doesn’t tell the whole story

Because it was never supposed to

We are the ones that decided to promote it

To judge and jury

 

And the scale never applied for that job

In fact the scale

Is probably the one with the inferiority complex

Because here we are

Expecting it to know all things

To reflect all things

And to ALWAYS

Tell us what we want to hear

Or risk getting whacked!

 

The scale probably thinks to itself

Who are these crazy people??

Why do they put so much pressure on me?

Why do they expect me to know everything??

 

The scale was never meant to be the judge

It doesn’t have that kind of knowledge

It can only tell you one thing

A Number

And that number doesn’t always reflect

The day you just had

 

Sometimes the work you do on Monday

Won’t turn up on the scale until Friday

Or sometimes

The Friday after that

 

I’m not a scientist

I don’t know the details

I just know this

If you do what you’re supposed to do

If you follow your food plan

If you exercise

Then you WILL lose weight

You just will

 

Maybe not when you want

Maybe not immediately

Maybe not even consistently

But it will happen

 

And here’s the thing

The scale

Isn’t the liar

It’s just limited in what it can do

 

If I get mad at the scale

For not reflecting my hard work

Then I am overestimating the power of the scale

Because the scale is useful

It is important

And it does have it’s place

But it is NOT the Wizard of Oz

It is not behind some curtain

Pulling the strings

WE ARE

 

We are the ones in charge

We are the ones in control

We are the ones with the power

NOT THE SCALE

 

If you log your food

And log your exercise

And you know you’re on track

Then the scale won’t need to tell you that

Because you’ll already know

 

My scale is off at the dump right about now

Where it can meet those who came before it

Because sadly I must admit

That this isn’t the first time I’ve thrown out a scale

 

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with that thing for years

And I believe

This is the third time I’ve thrown one out

 

But sometimes

You just have to break up with your scale

And when you’re ready

When you can handle it

You get a new one

 

Maybe you’ll find

Like I did

That the new one

TALKS

 

So far it only says “Hello”

But I have a feeling

That ย it will learn one more word

Before we’re finished

And it will probably be

GOODBYE

 

Because there’s little doubt in my mind

That this scale

Will meet the same demise

One day

 

When you embark on a serious weight loss journey

You’re going to have your ups and downs

You may scream and cry

And find yourself

Acting like a fool one early morning

Kicking the darn thing across the room

And stomping outside in your nightgown

To chuck it in the trash

 

But know this

You’re probably not alone

Rumor has it

Quite a few people

Have taken issue with the scale

 

It’s just part of the process

But we’ll get there one day

And the scale will be there

To give us the good news

 

We just have to remember

That regardless of what it says

It will never define our hearts

It will never define our journey

And it will never

Own us

 

Because there is One whose opinion of me

Far exceeds that of the scale

And He says

ย 

“Well done” ย (Matthew 25:23)

 

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Caron January 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

I totally agree that scales are maddening! I’ve never finished one off but I’ve been sorely tempted. On the other hand, I once threw an alarm clock across the room and destroyed it. That was when I was in my 20’s. Sigh.
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Lori Henry January 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I so needed this post this morning. I got on the scale and also wanted to throw it out. The scales lie. They don’t always tell us the truth. Thank you for your inspirational posts. I look forward to reading them everyday. God bless!

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jennxaz January 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I hate how the scale rules my mood for the day…I let it affect my attitude way too much.

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Courtney January 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Wonderfully honest post as always! I keep my scale slid under the dresser in my bedroom. It’s kind of the perfect place for it, because on a good day I happily slide it under the dresser and say goodbye to it until tomorrow. BUT on a bad day I get to give it a very satisfying violent shove underneath the dresser where we can safely avoid eye contact for the next 24 hours. ; )
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Linda Sherwood January 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Courtney, I keep my scale in the exact same place and do the same thing! LOL!
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MandaPanda January 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I’m still a slave to the scale, at least emotionally. I’m not addicted to it. I didn’t weigh myself for the last 3 months because I was in denial and didn’t want to see it. Now I’m back to being a weekly weigher because daily fluctuations affect me too much. I don’t like how hit can determine my moon. Just today, I’m in a great mood because it reflected a loss but just like today, if it were to reflect a gain, I’d be depressed. *sigh* Still much to learn on that front.
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Jack Sh*t January 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I would never throw away a perfectly good scale that had just happened to give a bad daily weigh-in: http://jackfit.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-dont-want-to-talk-about-it.html
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Lady Amanda January 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I actually think it is good to replace them every once in a while anyway because I have found that after a while they are no longer accurate anyway. After they have been stumbled over- bumped- the kids have jumped on them, etc. I had a scale that I thought was accurate and then I went to the store and used one that was sitting out and found that it was over a 2 pound difference- I bought a new one and came home and weighed on them and sure enough the old was was wrong. I even went and got weights from the basement and put the weights on there to make sure and it verified that the old one was wrong. So I think a new scale every now and then is good anyway. And I agree- it is mega frustrating when you work your buns off and it shows a gain. It is like the scale is possessed by the devil. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tess January 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I’m not sure if your post today was meant to be funny, but I’m still laughing!! I’m laughing because I know EXACTLY what you mean, I know EXACTLY how you felt, and I know EXACTLY what you did. I can picture it in my head because I’ve done it, too! ๐Ÿ˜€ You have a good attitude about it all though. But thanks for the laugh, my friend!!

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16blessingsmom January 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I didn’t own a scale for years and years, although I probably should have. I just didn’t want to know. It was hard enough to get weighed at the dr.’s office, why did I want to go through that pain at home too? When I started my New Lifestyle aka DIET, I didn’t have a scale yet. Then I discovered my daughter-in-law had one, and when I got on it and saw it dropping, I was addicted! I am tempted to murder it periodically….it plays this trick on me: I get on it and voila!! I am ten pounds lighter! As much as I delight in looking at that nice number, I know there is just a glitch in the scale, and when I weigh again in a few minutes I will be back up there again, but honestly, I stand there and just look at that lovely number. I love your blog, and am so proud of you! You are such a boost for me to hang in there and fight this good fight!

Thank you!
Della

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Margaret January 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Ha! I never thought of beating up the scale! (Ain’t such a bad idea, either.)

I think that in the process of losing weight we forget who we are in Him. Certainly, we aren’t that number on the scale. But you already know that.

Considering that we spend the years being obese beating our selves up over it, I suppose it’s easy to understand why we’d get so hung up on the number. Remembering that we will eventually get there doesn’t always help, either, but the fact is that we have changed our lifestyles, and each day is the first day of the rest of our lives…and it shouldn’t begin with checking our numbers. There are so many better ways to start a day, yes?
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Sheila January 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Love this post!!! You are so right, only WE give it the power, it holds nothing. Well written Holly!
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Tracy aka My Tiny Tank January 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Holly you thrill me. Love it. You see my scale and I don’t see eye to eye. So we only get together every once in a while. You are right of you do the work the scale will eventually tell you. It’s kind of like my 8 year old. He will eventually tell me that it was he who spilled orange juice on the floor. So I try to give my scale time to catch up with my efforts. You can’t expect it to be as diligent and ontime as you.
Hooray for you!! One thing I know for sure is if you do the work the scale will eventually show results. My scale is very stubborn. Take care.
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cdbloo01 January 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Very well put!!!!!

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Michelle Hodge January 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm

For the last 3-4 years I’ve tried to look at the scale as a learning tool to see how my body reacts to different foods and exercise and such. When I look at it in the right light, I don’t get mad at it. However, that’s not always easy to do! Thanks for the reminder that it doesn’t know the whole story!!
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The Snowball January 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm

You have come so far that the number from time to time on the scale should not be a measure of your success, just a tool to help it (especially if you have been building muscle). I do understand the frustration however and I along with the other readers appreciate your posting about it. Hope you feel better afterwards.

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Michele Moore January 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

What a terrific and empowering post! Thanks for that. And I love your sense of humor. Our kids (and for me, now my grandkids) have ways of keeping us humble, don’t they? Gotta love ’em.
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Angela January 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

OK, this did make me laugh. I could just see you stomping out to the garbage can with the scales and tossing it into the can! It is true, the scales is a horrible little machine and yet, we give it so much power over us. We allow that awful little machine to get us so wound up we forget all those important things you listed, stay on your food plan and stay on your exercise plan and you will lose the weight.

Congratulations to you on your loss …(only we fluffly people can be congratulated on a loss)! Good luck on future losses!!

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TZ January 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

OMGosh…you are so right! I have been right there with you!.. the scale and I have a love hate relationship! and I so needed to read those words…that if you do the right thing, eventually you’ll lose the weight…thanks!

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Linda Kuil January 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

That was some funny stuff Holly! The only way you would have painted a better picture if you said you had rollers in your hair!!
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Tiffany January 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

Congrats on your weight loss! I enjoyed listening to your interview this week. Your entry reminds me of the Special K commercials where the scale shows the positive attributes of a person: stong, smart ect…wish the scale did that.
I saw a post of someone who does Crossfit and they have a picture of a scale and they have written on it to remind themselves of who they are and their focus. The link is below.

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G Cottle January 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

So mad to read about the mean posts people have sent you. Are you kidding?! As always, you come away from these obstacles stronger and with a wiser prospective. Holly, you’re such a blessing.

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Tammy January 11, 2013 at 4:57 am

Oh, I love it. You are too funny and oh so smart. Way to go Holly!
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Dagny January 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

In the early days, we need the scale to be our navigator, to determine if we’re on the right course. It can be so difficult to find the right food and the right amount of daily exercise to finally get ourselves into a calorie deficit we can live with and find success.

I actually gained weight while writing my book when I became quite sedentary! After several years away, I’m back to using the scale to get my weight back down where it should be.

The scale can be a tool or it can be your enemy. It only has as much power as you give it.
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