I am a rock star no matter what the scale says!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I weigh myself like it's going out of style. Twice a day for sure but sometimes more than that. It's sad really. I've asked the bf to hide that mean piece of junk so that I am forced to do it once a week but he does and I find it (he sucks at finding good hiding spots). He always looks at me and shakes his head but now he refuses to hide it anymore cuz really there is no point.
Why does a person put so much self worth in one small square of metal or glass (or a combination of both)?!
A higher number means defeat or failure. No matter if we worked our butts off the previous week and ate like gods (or goddess's) so that the chances of a fat gain are nil. Muscle weighing more than fat and all that jazz still means we failed the whole week.
Cuz that makes sense
Beat myself up some more please.
Something seems very wrong with that.
What if we stop relying on the scale? What if we see our bmi and shrug our shoulders and stop letting that number matter? Outrageous you say? Why?
Don't put any emphasis on the number. (What?!) Instead what if you go day by day and think about how you feel that day especially after a day of good eating and exercise and let your BODY tell you how you feel instead of some number on a scale.
What if our milestones aren't the 25 lbs/50lbs/100lbs we lost but instead the fact that we picked up a grilled chicken salad from Dairy Queen instead of a burger and fries and a coke or even that we put chips into a bowl instead of sitting on the couch and eating the whole damned bag. What if our milestone is going shopping and finding out your usual size is now too big. Or we sit down to watch a movie on netflix and end up on the floor doing some crunches while the movie is on. I think our milestones should be something we accomplish without even thinking about it that we would have never done before. What if our maintenance comes when we can look in the mirror and smile at how amazing we look and when we wake up with energy every single day and eating properly and working out are as big a part of life as breathing is.
A lot of us would beat the holy crap out of ourselves for even having chips but wait a minute. Yes you had chips but think of how many calories you used to shove in your face every day before you started tracking? Yes it put you over your new range. But before you never had a range did you? So why are you beating yourself up for this one bowl (or piece of chocolate or w/e it was you felt compelled to eat). If you think you're going to go through the whole rest of your life now that you're on your journey without ever touching something you used to eat out of control before you're lying to yourself and should probably stop it right now.
Don't get me wrong. I'm still going to celebrate losing 25 lbs or 50 or 100 but if I weigh myself tomorrow and I'm up half a pound or a pound or w/e the number might be I can't let this dictate how my mood will be for the rest of the day. I know that I'm eating at least half the calories of what I used to eat.. maybe even more than half. I know poor choices are going to happen from time to time because I refuse to give up completely things like cake and pizza and chips. But instead of eating half a cake I'll take that piece and enjoy it and instead of eating a whole pizza I will have a slice or maybe two.
Listen to your body. There's no reason to wake up feeling good about your changes to step on a scale and feel bad because of the number. This journey has to be about YOU and not about a piece of metal that flashes a number at you.