Recently, I visited my doctor. On the way into the exam room, in the hallway, we (his nurse and I) passed the menacing scales of injustice.
She said, in an authoritarian tone I might add, “Hop on the scale.”
To which I replied, “No!”
She responded, “You have to.”
I said, “No. Really, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do.”
The doctor got involved.
“Truthfully, doc,” I said, “I think we, as a nation, are a bit crazy when it comes to the number on the scale. I’ve been wearing the same size pants for 12 years now. There have been no drastic weight gains or weight losses.
“Plus… You want me to weigh myself fully dressed, in the middle of the day, after my big midday meal? Are you kidding me?”
Do I sound crazy? Well, the scales of injustice have a way of bringing out the crazy in some people, including me. Even though I’ve maintained a 50 pound weight loss for a dozen years, I’m still a bit nut-so when it comes to the number on the scale.
When I got home, I recounted the story to my friends and family. We had a good laugh, after which, I decided to follow my own wise advice. So, I pulled my favorite book off the bookshelves; the one I wrote, and re-read the chapter on The Scales of Injustice.
Here, an excerpt from the best permanent fat removal book, ever!
Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal.
What does the scale measure?
Do you know what the scales really measure – scientifically that is? Every object in the universe with mass attracts every other object with mass. (Some more massive than others!) Therefore, there is a pull – a force – an attraction (even better) between you and the Earth.
Your bathroom scale measures that force of attraction and that force is called your weight! If you look at it in those terms, it takes the emphasis off fat and puts it on gravitational pull. Nowhere in scientific date – that I could find – does it state that the scale measures hideous fat. It is only a number, and I realized that I didn’t have to be in a twist over the attraction between the Earth and me. After all, I am happy to be considered attractive.
Let’s promise here and now that we’re not going to get fixated on the numbers. The turtle wins this race and numbers fluctuate with the wind. Seriously, even the weather can make you retain water!
Nevertheless, statistics show that people who weigh themselves regularly not only lose weight faster, but keep it off longer. How often should we weigh-in and what is the best way to weigh-in?
If you are like me – the kind of person who allows the number on the scale to dictate the mood of the day, then only weigh yourself once a week and on a day when no one is depending upon you in any way (do not dispense life advice or operate heavy equipment).
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Janice Taylor, Life & Happiness Coach, Author, Artist, Positarian
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