Screw the Scale

Womans feet going on weighting scale

The last time I stepped on the scale was last Tuesday, May 15th, a little after midnight.

Yep, midnight.

I’d just gotten home from a road trip to Colorado with my three kids and I hadn’t weighed myself for about five days. I wanted to see how much damage, if any, I’d done over the weekend. I didn’t like what it said. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.

I went to bed and didn’t think too much more about it. I’ve come far enough that I don’t let numbers on the scale get me down. BUT the fact remains that I’ve weighed myself at least once a day for as long as I can remember. I know it’s just one measure of my progress, but I’ve let it be the primary measure for far too long. When I woke up the next morning, I started wondering if I was sabotaging my own progress by weighing so often, so I decided to stop weighing for a while. A long while. I put the scale away and put it thoughts of how much I weigh of my mind.

So far, I’ve found it easier to adhere to my nutrition this past week. I’m eating chicken, brown rice, and other nutritious foods because I like them, I like how they make me feel, and I like how they fuel my workouts…not because I think they’ll help me drop a few pounds.

One week without stepping on the scale may not seem like a long time to you, but as a chronic weigher, it feels like an eternity to me! But you know what? I feel liberated!
I’m sure I’ll go back to it at some point, but for this summer, I think I’ll leave it alone. It can have a summer break. 🙂

Do you have a habit that may not be serving you well? Consider all the things you do each day and see if they’re helping you reach your goal or if you need to let it go and try something different. I thought weighing was helping me, but now I know it wasn’t. Don’t be afraid to let go of some of the things you do so that you can grow and develop into a stronger, more confident woman. Sometimes we have to let go of the good to go for the great.

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