The minutiae of the bathroom scale
Everybody keeps asking me if I’ve lost weight and the answer is always I don’t know. Not out of some misplaced modesty or pride, but because I genuinely don’t know. We don’t own a scale. Well, not one that will weigh humans anyway.
I find the whole bathroom scale concept one of the most absurd of our culture. No wonder we’re so obsessed with weight as a society. Or is the bathroom scale convention simply a reflection of that obsession. How long has that been an accepted and even expected part of our culture? Did my great grandparents have a bathroom scale? Did their parents?
We obsess over weight despite knowing so many other factors could influence such a meaningless number. I could have gained more muscle and therefore, weigh more than before, or vice versa. It seems such an arbitrary measure. I mean, we know if we’ve gotten fat. We don’t need to check each morning for the minute details. If my clothes are tight, my relative size has changed. If I have to go get new clothes because they no longer fit, I might pause to consider a cause of this and decide if I should change one behavior or another. If my clothes still fit, then no need to think about it. But if that bathroom scale is staring at me….
I figure, as long as I'm eating food, not too much, mostly plants, I can ignore the minutiae and I'll be just fine.
Here's the healthy stuff we're harvesting for you this week:
Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Arugula: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound
Fresh baby ginger with tops: $6.95/pound
Aji Dulce peppers: $3/pint
Trinidad Perfume peppers: $3/pint
Shishito peppers: $3/pint
Ripe Sweet Italian Peppers (red, orange, and yellow): $4.50/pound
Ripe Sweet Bell Peppers (red and yellow): $4.50/pound
Butternut squash: $2.50/pound
Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon, a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each
Ghost chiles: $1 each
We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.