*Your Scale Does Not Measure The Weight Of Your World*
This world is so number obsessive. We are all about how much money we make, how many hours we have to work, how many followers we have on Instagram, and so on. One of the biggest number obsessions that can be so detrimental to our health (along with all the others) is the number that we see on the scale. For some people, their importance in life, their worth is dependent on what the scale says every day they wake up. If that number is a pound or two heavier, their day is ruined. There is a rush of discouragement, a moment where you decide you would just rather give up then continue this game on the scale where the weight continually goes up and down each day.
What if we stopped looking at the number on the scale? What if we stopped letting it control us? What would life be like if we didn’t base our day on what the number looked like each morning? Would we choose our meals differently? Would we wear different clothes? Would we initiate more conversations with strangers? What would life be like on the other side of the scale?
In my honest opinion, I think life would be a whole lot happier if we stopped letting weight own our thoughts and relationship with food and people.
The number on the scale is what started my battle with food. I never remembered weighing myself until high school. I also never remembered weighing over a hundred pounds until high school. I remember talking with the girls on the dance team about how much we all weighed and realizing that I was actually heavier than I thought (which is how crazy our minds are because I was still soooo tiny but didn’t think so because of a silly number). I became number obsessive. Obsessed with the number of calories I consumed and the number I weighed every single day. What a miserable way of living, isn’t it?
Now I hardly get on a scale. Mostly for doctors appointments or when I want to see how dehydrated I may be after a long run in the dead heat. My life has been a whole lot happier now that a number on a scale does not control it. Now I don’t decide if I can have a cookie or some tacos because the scale told me I could. Praise the Lord that I was freed from the chains that disordered eating placed on me. Thank goodness I said a big NOPE to that scale. Life is good now. I am free and you can be too.
I know that for some people with certain comorbidities such as congestive heart failure or renal disease, weighing yourself is required so please continue to follow your doctor’s instructions. For the rest of us, who use the scale as a means to determine our health….STOP! Just try it out and see what happens. I can assure you that your weight will not start jumping up just because you stopped stepping on the self-esteem killer (aka the scale).
There is a lot of controversial research on weighing daily and whether it is actually beneficial. I know for some people it works and helps to hold them accountable and for others it triggers an obsession over a number rather than a goal for a healthy body.
Health is defined as more than a number on a scale or a BMI calculator. Health is also defined as a happy mind and healthy heart, lungs, and all other organs that make up our body. Your health can be determined by how much muscle tone you have (which may cause an increased number on the scale if you have more), the way your skin, hair, and nails look, and how your clothes are starting to fit you.
I think it is important to take a more MINDFUL approach when trying to lose weight or maintain your weight. This means eating when you are hungry and not because your scale told you that you lost five pounds so you can eat an extra slice of cake. This also means trying to be mindful of the way that your clothes fit and letting that be your way of knowing of your weight fluctuation. Check in with the scale every couple of months if you need to but try and stop the daily weigh ins. Give your mind a break and your body some more love. Just try it out and see what happens.
Enjoy life more. Step off the scale.