The Scale: Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

I must admit that I was once a victim of the scale. I would weigh myself 1-4 times a day! I would be happier if my weight went down and depressed if it went up, even just a few pounds. Does this sound like you? How does one silly little gadget have so much power over our lives and happiness?

A few years ago I made a big leap and decided to put my scale away in the closet so that I wouldn't be tempted to step on it in the bathroom. It was VERY difficult at first. I would take it out of the closet at least 3 times a week and step on it. It took me awhile to be able to forget about the scale but once I did I was SO much happier. We still don't have a scale in our house and to this day the only time I get weighed is at the doctor's office or at my husband's gym where I weigh myself using the InBody machine every 6 or more weeks. 

This was a picture that the singer, Pink, posted on Instagram awhile back. I thought it was so empowering and motivating for all women. She looks incredible, am I right?!

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The caption read, “Would you believe I’m 160 pounds and 5’3”? By ‘regular standards’ that makes me obese,” she wrote. “I know I’m not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don’t feel obese. The only thing I’m feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies!”

Weight is just a number. There can be so many factors that attribute to weight gain or loss. If you pee a little bit, the number goes down on the scale. If it is that time of the month for us women, the number goes up on the scale. So why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to be "the perfect weight" when there is NO perfect weight? If it were up to me, I would ban all scales and replace them with these scales from the Kellogg's commercials.

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Let's get one thing straight, ditching the scale DOES NOT mean ditching our health. I think that eliminating a scale makes you more in tune with your body. Not always basing your health on a number makes you become more aware and intuitive to what you put in your body. 

My challenge for you is to put that scale away in a closet. You don't have to throw it away just yet. Just put it away for a few days, than maybe a week, than maybe a month and see how you feel. Do you find that you are eating more intuitively? That you are listening to your body a little more? Do you find that you are happier? I would love to hear from anyone that has done this or is willing to do it. Comment on this post or on my Facebook wall and let me know how you it goes! 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Lisa Kenny

Lisa@LisaCatherineCoaching.com

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com