My random happy thoughts are all over the place. I’m exercising my gratitude and happiness muscles by saying aloud the things that I enjoy, like, find happiness in…
Today’s random happy thoughts turn to an unlikely recipient — my bathroom scale.
Oh yes, how many of us “fluffy” women have that underlying hatred and dread when we think of this simple instrument. Just one word (number) from this thing will send us into a fit of despair, tears, self-loathing, fear, and downright feelings of failure when we step on its 12×12 surface every morning.
I don’t know about you, but every scale I’ve ever owned has been evil.
Recently I replaced Old Scale with New Scale. Old Scale had this bad habit of inconsistency. It never showed the same reading twice, so there was no way to gauge my weight accurately. I could step on Old Scale three times in a row and it would give me three different readings as varied as 10lbs apart. Finally I got to the point of weighing myself 5 times and taking the average of the two closest measurements.
I was OK with Old Scale even though it was a hassle to get a straight answer out of it.
Then one day, while strolling the aisles of Costco, I spotted New Scale. New Scale was stainless steel, sleek, and on sale for $15. Sign me up! All was hugs and kisses in the store.
And then we arrived home.
After unwrapping New Scale, I found that it had one really annoying habit. New Scale told me the unabashed truth. No sugar-coating, no waffling back and forth between a set of numbers, no holding back…New Scale was not my friend. While Old Scale told me lies, New Scale let me know in no uncertain terms what Old Scale secretly lead me to believe…some 7 pounds didn’t disappear into a black hole, 7 pounds were still hanging out with me, I didn’t weigh what I thought I did. I was 7 pounds heavier than I was giving myself credit for.
It was a blow to the ego, for sure.
I still logged the correct new weight in LoseIt.com, and all of a sudden my goal graph went from looking like a downward slope to a smiley face grin. Yes, even LoseIt was laughing at me. Obviously, New Scale and LoseIt are in collusion…
Taking the attitude, “I’ll show you!”, I adjusted my sails, and got busy. Today I’m proud to announce that New Scale and I are no longer enemies. And my 7 unwanted friends are gone. I can honestly (and accurately) post my weight on LoseIt and continue skiing on my downward ski slope…with a few moguls thrown in now and again.