I Sometimes Do It Five Times A day
I weigh myself a lot. More than a normal person should. In fact weighing myself five times a day probably disqualifies me as normal. To put it in perspective for you, many wellness experts say you should only weigh yourself once a week as your weight will certainly fluctuate from day to day (let alone hour to hour).
My weigh-ins serve different purposes which are entirely contextual. The first one is what I call the official weigh-in and it occurs when I wake up, but before breakfast (and – too much information alert – before any voiding). In following this regime I can better track dangerous trends such as weekend overeating and drinking. I also weigh myself after every meal if I’m at home, so that I will have empirical proof of whether I really ate, for example, a pound of steak at dinner. I always weigh myself after a workout, with full knowledge that any reduction is almost certainly water loss, because it is extremely satisfying to see the immediate (although misleading) lower numbers.
I’m sure that my frank admission raises many questions: I will do my best to anticipate the queries. Yes – I strip down entirely, every single time (for continuity sake, and not vanity, I assure you). Yes – I do reset the scale every time. I have been known to kneel down to ensure that the needle is as close to the zero as possible. Yes – I make sure that the scale is in the exact same position every time (because, who knows, the floor might be slanted). Yes – I will immediately re-weigh myself if I get a result I don’t like, and yes, I have been known to shift my weight onto my left leg in order to shave off a pound or two if the re-weighing result is still unsatisfactory.
A wiser man might be inclined to get rid of his scale, in the circumstances. But I am not that man. Instead I purchased a new Withings scale which not only measures weight, but also fat%, BMI, resting heart rate and air quality. It then sends that information to an app on my phone which records individual readings and plots charts to show trends. Having access to such data is a double edged sword for a person like me. On the one hand it feeds my ritualistic obsession. However, on the other hand, given my family history of heart disease on both my maternal and paternal side, the information is a crucial tool for preventative medicine. And in keeping with the Tonic spirit, there is nothing more natural than maintaining good health through eating and exercise.
For some great information about cardiohealth I suggest you read Bryce Wylde’s article on busting heart myths (p.22) and Suzanna Ivanovics’ article on hypertension (p.20). Joel Thuna and Claude Gallant discuss whether you can be both fat and healthy (p.45). Marni Wasserman writes on healthy aphrodisiac foods (p.35) and Liz White writes about finding integrity in a loving relationship (p.39). As always, if you want to discuss anything about Tonic, please feel free to contact me at Jamie@tonictoronto.com