I used to be that girl that stepped on the scale multiple times a day hoping to see the number drop. Now when I step on the scale, I have zero fucks about what the number is because I've come to the realization that it's just a damn number.
It's so common for us to be fixated on what the scale says and we let it define our progress and even our worth. So today I want to share with you 4 reasons why you need to break up with your scale. I promise this break up will be worth it ;)
1. There are other and better ways to measure progress
Believe it or not, but the scale is not the best way to measure progress because there are so many other factors that go into play. For instance, I've had clients lose body fat but the number on the scale stays the same or even goes up from gaining lean muscle. Instead of using the scale, I would find other ways to measure progress like:
- How your clothes fit
- Take updated progress photos monthly
- How you're feeling
- Focusing on actions you've improved on, like eating more nutrient dense foods or working out consistently
- Your energy levels
- What your skin looks like
2. Weight fluctuation is normal
Weight fluctuates daily, sometimes even hourly. It can change based upon what you're eating, if you used the restroom, water weight and even hormonal changes. It's completely normal for the scale to move a couple pounds up or down which is another reason it is not the best indicator of progress.
3. It can encourage bad habits
Sometimes solely focusing on hitting a certain number can encourage restrictive dieting and other unhealthy habits. We let the number dictate rather or not we are making progress or if we need to up our game. It's more important to be in tune with how your body is feeling and being proud of yourself for all the improvements you have been making like eating more vegetables or working consistently.
4. It's just a number
Last but not least, your worth is not dependent upon the scale. It's just a number and you are so much more than that. It's so common to say, "Once I lose weight then I can start dating, then I can be happy or then I can wear those clothes." We need to eliminate the hate talk and fill it with words like 'I am strong,' 'I am healthy,' 'I accept myself right now in this moment,' and/or 'I deserve to be loved'. You are not your body. and you have so much more to offer to the world.