I should probably mark this day on the calendar. For the first time in my entire life, there is no bathroom scale in the house. I donated the fancy new(ish) Easy@Home one and my ancient Tanita body fat scale to the thrift store today. I guess maybe this is when I should say, that's it! No more scale for me! But the shopping force is strong. :-) The new new one will be here in a few days from Amazon.
Here's what I want: a scale. That's all! No Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, body fat, BMI, bone density, or hydration. No charts and graphs, no iPhone app, no telling me what I weighed last time, no automatically uploading my data to iHealth, FitBit, and my workplace wellness provider faster than I can blink. I just want to step on it every couple of months, see a number, and step off without it electrocuting my fat or tweeting anything.
I considered not having a scale at all, but I don't have any particular problem with it. I get curious once in awhile, though that's becoming less and less often. Every day I eat to feel good mentally and physically. There is no number attached to that. If you put the number first, you're almost guaranteed NOT to feel good. The default reaction is to restrict or rebel based on what you see, even in subtle ways. I do believe it's possible to step on the scale and remain completely neutral, but that tends to come after developing the ability to question your thoughts. Then there's no catastrophic or celebratory storytelling. Whatever thought pops into your head upon seeing the number, you can go, "Is that true?" and move on with your day, treating yourself with care and kindness like you would have anyway.
On the eating front, my meat and potatoes trend continues. This week's combos: meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy, chicken thighs and loaded baked potatoes, and battered fish filets with tater tots. I do find it funny and ironic that this is how I maintain the fit body I could never manage to hold onto via skinless chicken breasts and protein shakes, or Lean Cuisines and Skinny Cows, or Zone Bars and cottage cheese. Satisfaction rules! When you're satisfied, everything becomes easier - appetite, portions, workouts, sleep, mindset, all of it.