Ditch the scale, and you’ll begin to experience a more positive relationship with your body.
I used to weigh myself multiple times a week in hopes that a couple of days of “good” eating and hitting the gym had paid off and a few pounds had melted away.
But nearly every time that I stepped on the scale, it left me feeling disappointed in myself, like I failed, and like I wasn’t good enough.
The worst part was that those feelings of disappointment, failure, and inadequacy almost always led me to the kitchen so that I could cope with my feelings with comfort foods. After feeling temporarily comforted by my favorite “bad” foods, I instantly had regret and shame. So I would vow to get back on track and start a new diet plan or jump back onto the one I had recently failed at.
In the weight loss industry, the scale is everything. It’s the measure of your success. It’s the number people share along with before and after photos. We use it to reassure ourselves that we’re staying on track.
But what if your measure of success had nothing to do with the number on the scale?
When I meet with health coaching clients for their last session, I always create a list of all of the successes they’ve had during their one-on-one program. The lists are always long and filled with things like – you began cooking at home more and no longer eat fast food multiple times a week or you’ve said that you’re sleeping better and have more energy throughout the day or you gained the confidence to try a fitness class at your gym or you noticed that your skin looks healthier or you realized that a pair of jeans that once felt uncomfortable now feel great. I could go on and on.
The change in their body weight is never a part of that list. Here’s why…
When I stopped weighing myself, so many things changed. I started to like my body more because I wasn’t allowing it’s value to be gauged by a number. I also began to eat foods because they made me feel good rather than because I thought they would help me lose weight. I started to notice all of the small successes I was having that changed the way I felt, like creating a bedtime routine so that I would sleep better or drinking lemon water every morning to get my digestion going.
Not weighing myself was also one of the things that helped me to stop dieting, binge eating, and experience so much shame around what I ate.
When you stop relying on the scale to measure your success, you will:
- Begin to listen to your body more.
- Let go of negative feelings about your body.
- Break free from emotional eating that’s caused by your feelings about your weight.
- Start to measure your health by non-number results like how well you sleep, how much energy you have, how great your skin looks, or how comfortable in your body you feel.
- Like you body more.
Here’s the other thing about that number on the scale – it’s not an accurate measure of your health. And keep in mind that the number on the scale isn’t telling you the whole story. As a woman, your weight fluctuates consistently based on the phase of your cycle that you’re in. Your weight can change based on how hydrated you are or based on your digestion.
“The scale can only tell you what you weigh; not who you are.” Steve Maraboli.
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