Getting On the Wagon and Off the Scale [The Wagon – Part 2]
Welcome back to getting back on the wagon series. This is the second installment of the series and it will be building on the first part where we talk about making your first small change.
The second part of my getting back on the wagon journey is to ditch the scale. I wrote about how the scale was able to derail what was two weeks of good healthy choice. I was taken back by the number, and realized it hadn’t budged in the two weeks of eating in, and in turn made me feel like I had accomplished nothing.
I had accomplished something, I had accomplished eating better for two weeks and saving money and learning to cook better. But because I had expectations and they were dashed by the scales, I didn’t feel like it made any difference and fell off the wagon again.
I took a step back and looked at what I was telling myself. I was telling my self the only thing that mattered was the number on the scale.
I wasn’t telling myself good job for staying in a cooking your little heart out.
I wasn’t telling myself good job and two weeks of better digestion and clearing up and looking healthier.
How is the scale holding me back?
I was just telling myself that all that mattered was my weight.
I don’t want to focus on that. I find that I don’t until I step on the scale. So I made the choice to stop derailing myself. I made the choice to step off the scale for some time, while I’m getting back to a healthy, consistent lifestyle again.
Different Relationships with the Scale
Don’t get me wrong, not every single person has a bad relationship with the scale. In fact, there are studies that show stepping on the scale while losing large amounts of weight can help keep you on track, and help you evaluate if what you are doing is working.
But in my case, I have recognized that the scale might actually be hurting me and often make me forget why I started this journey in the first place.
I want real health.
So until I can stop putting my worth and health into just a number, I have decided to step off the scale.
Evaluating Your Relationship with the Scale
How do you feel when you step on the scale? Is it making you feel good, or bad? Do you feel that a number determines health, and only that determines happiness?
Let me know in the comments if you have the same problem with the scale and if you have anything in your life that makes you feel like that.
Step 1: Set a small achievable goal – eating out only 1 time a week
Step 2: Step off the scale
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