Lets be honest here, how disappointing and discouraging is the scale? You’ve been busting your butt, feeling amazing, eating all the green stuff and working out but you hop on the scale just to find a number you did NOT expect. It turns out the number didn’t even budge or it went up from the last time you weighed yourself making you feel like you have made 0 progress even though it feels like you have.
Yup I know exactly how that feels, the scale ruled my life at one point. It was the only tool I used to measure my progress when I first started out my fitness journey and years after that as well. Any other benefit I was getting from eating healthy did not matter to me. Weight was the only thing, and I figured that if I lose enough weight I will be happy and healthy. Well……I was in for a rude awakening.
I would weigh myself multiple times a day, every day, and would stress out and get anxiety if the number wasn’t where I wanted to be. I did tons of cardio, ate not even close to the amount of food that I was supposed to be eating and pushed myself to the point of exhaustion. JUST because I wanted to see a specific number on the scale and thought it would define my happiness and how I felt about myself. Looking at the sale everyday can be extremely addicting and I understand 100% how easy it is to get caught up in it. When I was OBSESSED with losing weight, I kept telling myself, “okay I’ll be happier at this number, and I’ll feel better when I lose ___ pounds… on and on.” Did that ever happen? Uhhhhhhh NO!!!!! Every time I would get down another couple pounds I just wanted more and more and felt more and more restricted and like I was missing out on life. I was not living a balanced lifestyle and I sure didn’t love or respect my body. Thinking back to this now I think a lot of these events lead up to my anxiety disorder. When you don’t fuel your mind and body properly, things go wrong!!
Let me tell you, that number on the scale does NOT define you, your health, your beauty or your happiness. It doesn’t define your progress in any way, shape or form. Not even close because it is such an irrelevant number. You are worth so much more then that. Please, please pleeeease do not let a number on the scale change your perspective on yourself and how amazing you really are. Don’t let it tear your confidence and self-esteem down. I know its easier said then done, it has taken me years to grasp that concept and actually fully love myself for the way I am. But its so damn important for your mental and physical health. Nobody deserves to live a life in restriction, self-sabotage and unhappiness into order to weigh a certain amount. When I was at my lowest weight all I did was run and do crunches, missed out on desserts, dinners, family get togethers, felt anxious and fatigued all the time. It made me realize that a low number on the scale really won’t make me happy, and I was missing out on life because of it.
So why should you not go by the scale? It doesn’t give you any reference regarding how you feel on the inside, or mentally. You could be thin and be at your goal weight, but if your drowning in sadness and darkness on the inside, not enjoying your life and obsessing over calories and exercise, is it really worth it? Also, it doesn’t take into account body composition or your muscle mass. The last time I weighed myself I was 165. Before that number would scare the living shit out of me, but now when I focus on how I feel and where my mental health is at, the number is LITERALLY irrelevant.
If I were to go by the scale or the BMI scale, I would probably be classified as overweight which I know I’m not. Which just proves the scale doesn’t matter! I wake up everyday heavier then I was years ago, but I really could care less. I’m the happiest I have ever been and also the healthiest. I have more muscle, more confidence and I love my body. Most importantly I have a good balance. I don’t restrict, I exercise lots and eat lots of nutrient dense, food but also eat pizza, pasta and ice cream when I feel like it. I enjoy my life and feel amazing. Am I perfect? Absolutely not but I don’t let a number on the scale define who I am or my happiness, what I eat, how much I exercise or any of that. I don’t count calories or obsess when I go out to eat or have big family dinners/breakfasts. I don’t get in an extra gym session or workout to punish myself for eating poorly the previous day or eat less. I listen to my body and my mind, and do what feels good.
Take a break from the scale, take a step back and think about whats more important. A number, or living a healthy, happy, fulfilling life? The two are totally separate and shouldn’t dictate the way you live life. You owe it to yourself to live life to the fullest. Eating healthy and exercising is important but it should not be your WHOLE life. There are so many other beautiful things life has to offer and I don’t want you to miss out on any of it because your scared of moving the number on the scale. Focus on how you feel. Check in with yourself. If you feel energized, radiant, healthy, satisfied, then why should you let a number on the scale get you down and make you feel bad about yourself? You shouldn’t! So get off the scale and start enjoying your life.