How do you feel when you see the number on the scale? How does it affect your mood and behaviors? That's the key thing to consider. There may be times when it's helpful to back away. Personally, I've gone from obsessive weighing and body checking that could ruin my whole day and undermine my eating for the rest of the week, to feeling like I wasn't allowed to get on a scale at all, back around to weighing being a total non-issue. I weigh whenever I feel like it, though generally I forget or don't care. My weight doesn't change the way I feel about myself or how I'll approach food that day. I arrived at that point by continuing to weigh myself until I was so mind numbingly bored with it that I lost interest. Usually, when I try to change a habit with an, "Ok, starting today no more!" it goes really wrong. LOL My method of habit change is to keep doing the thing until I don't want to or don't care, always giving myself the option to still do it if I really want to. No rules, streaks, start dates or anything like that. That works for me. I'm sure others find going cold turkey on certain things to be transformative.
I would start by asking those first two questions, then thinking about how you would like your scale/body/food relationship to look, then some steps toward that. Maybe you weigh less often, or cultivate a more neutral or positive mindset around it, or really separate the numbers from your behaviors. That was big for me. I'm going to take great care of myself, listen to my body, and eat for satisfaction, pleasure, and wellness. If the scale is up, that's what I'll do. If it's down, same thing. If it's the same, hey, satisfaction pleasure, and wellness still drive my food choices. The trouble happened when I'd see a number, tell a crazy story, and take a stupid action. LOL Like, if I weigh this I'll be nice to myself and eat intuitively, but if I gain, I'll restrict, and if I lose, I'll self-sabotage. No, no, no... But it was that line of thinking that caused chaos, not the scale or the number.
I still weigh myself nearly every day. *sigh*. I tried separating from it, but the not-knowing makes me more angst-filled. Plus it’s interesting to see how it reacts to a high-salt day, my menstrual cycle, and so on. I had a crazy week activity-wise nearly two weeks ago, and my weight didn’t budge. It made me realize how batty dieting makes people, because here you are, putting all this effort into less food and more activity, and the scale doesn’t move the way you want it to. Which goes to show how batshit crazy dieting is. But I’d like to do less body-checking (which weighing is) - I’m just not ready to take the leap yet, I suppose.
I’m still scared of the scale. I haven’t weighed in months. The last time I weighed, it still triggered the negative thoughts about myself. I’m ok when I don’t know my number, so I don’t have the urge to step on the scale.