You might be a prisoner to the scale if:

1. You weigh yourself every day and it drives you nuts

Your bodyweight can fluctuate up to five pounds or even more in one day. So it’s entirely possible to weigh five pounds more right now than you did yesterday, or even this morning. You didn’t get fat overnight; you just did human things that cause your weight to fluctuate, like eat, drink, and go to the bathroom. This can really mess with you, especially if you have your sights set on losing a few pounds. Because 7am, “Yes! I lost three pounds!” … and then later that day you’re up four pounds. It’s easy to see why this’d be a total mind f***.

2. You obsess about the number on the scale

Answer this question honestly: How much of your brain space does thinking about your weight take up? Then decide if it’s worth it. If you weigh yourself every day, you’re probably obsessing. If your state of mind is dependent upon what number you see on the scale, you’re probably obsessing. 

3. You’re using the wrong tool

The scale gives you ONE piece of information - how much force exists between your body and planet Earth. That’s it. It doesn’t give you any information about your health or your worth. Are you making the number mean something more than it actually represents? 

4. You’re attached to some random number

If you have a goal bodyweight, why did you pick that number? Chances are there’s an emotional attachment. Maybe that’s what you weighed in your 20s, or before the baby, or when you wore those jeans, or when you think you looked good. Maybe it’s just a number that you picked randomly because it sounds good, or that’s what your friend weighs and she looks good. Is it smart to strive for some random number? And if you reach it, how much will it suck to try and maintain it? 

5. You’re scared to stop weighing yourself

If you can’t imagine your life without the scale, I’m coming over right now with a baseball bat to cheer you on while you go “Office Space” on that thing. 

With all that being said, the scale can be useful in rare instances. If someone’s extremely overweight, the scale’s a good indicator of progress, and can be a positive motivator. And if you only weigh yourself every few months just to check in, that might be totally fine. But again, you probably don’t need a scale to tell you your weight’s getting out of control. You could just look in the mirror.

There might be freedom in abandoning the scale. There might be relief.