I just finished reading MizFit's "The Power of the Scale" and accompanying comments. Good discussion! An earlier discussion on that topic led me to shift my weekly reporting focus from how much weight I'd lost to how I'd done with my health goals. It felt good to make the change.
One commenter, Tricia, said the scale was currently serving as a compass for her: "...I need it to help me to head in the direction I want to go. When I get there I think that may not so much be the case, but now it is." I really liked that analogy, and I feel the same way about it. That said, I do weigh in daily but track weekly in my health log. In a way, having other tools is pretty helpful...for me, the scale number pales in obsession-worthiness to a blood glucose level. And the monthly tape measure can be comforting that there's other good progress when the scale is standing still.
But the post got me thinking: do I actually have a secret obsession with the scale? How would I feel if I only stepped on it once a week? On the one hand, I remember from my WW days that the weekly weigh-in was fraught with much angst/anticipation. Would I be giving the scale more power? Or would the anxiety just prove that I'm too dependent? (Do I have the uncanny ability to overanalyze things? ;-) On the other, knowing I wasn’t going to have that particular bit of datum every day might inspire me to be more careful with my food & moving habits.
How often do you weigh in? How does that frequency affect your habits?