Oh hey there! How’s it going? It’s been for-e-ver since I’ve written a semi serious post, and I think it’s a tad overdue. Believe it or not, I do think about things other than food sometimes, and when those moments occur I write them down under my “blog ideas” note in my phone. ‘Why I Ditched the Scale’ has been in my notes for awhile now, and it’s about time I..we..chat about it.
What does the scale measure exactly? I know it measures weight, but for so many people it’s a reflection of their:
& overall happiness
But why? How can a certain number make you feel weak, unaccomplished, and not good enough, while 5 lbs lighter than that number will make you feel the exact opposite. Why would you ever let a scale dictate those things?
I’ve found that truthfully, that number doesn’t matter. I mean it does to some extent, but it shouldn’t really. It definitely shouldn’t let you dictate how you’re going to feel on a particular day. Many people step on the scale every morning just to “check” their weight, but if the number isn’t what they hoped it would be, their entire day is ruined. I also feel this way about calories, which I already wrote about in this post. Calories aren’t everything, and neither is the number on the scale.
How you FEEL should dictate almost everything. I haven’t weighed myself for the past two years. Before writing this post I decided to weigh myself and, not surprisingly, my weight is almost exactly the same. Many people’s weight fluctuates between 5, 10 or even 15 lbs on a semi regular basis. There is no point—N-O point—in stressing out about it.
Tuning into your body cues is WAY more important than letting the scale dictate how you should feel about yourself. If your body is hungry, feed it..
[Editor’s note: as I wrote this, I realized I was hungry, so I got up and made myself some roasted chickpeas]
..If your body feels like a lump of slush, lay off the sugar, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise! I’m really big on listening to your body in all aspects, including cravings. If you are craving cheesecake—like, actual cheesecake—go get yourself a piece of cheesecake! I’m not saying you should do this every day or every week, but sometimes, you just need a damn piece of actual cheesecake rather than a sugar free, average tasting alternative.
If your body aches, let it rest. If you’ve been feeling tired and lazy for days in a row, go on a run or a walk or take a new fitness class at the gym. THOSE are the things that matter. How you feel on the outside will absolutely dictate how you feel on the inside and vice versa. Letting a number determine those things probably won’t get you where you want to be in terms of happiness and long-term success. At least it didn’t for me.
I’m not saying it’s easy, but I think it’s definitely worth it.
No questions, just your thoughts!