At what point did the scale become the ultimate measure of your success or failure? Dependence upon the scale borders on almost reverence, for some. And it’s a situation that has some potentially negative consequences. The number on the scale is simple a measure of how much earth is dragging you down…or possibly how much it’s keeping you from accidentally getting hit by a rogue Cessna at 5000 feet.
But, for a lot of you, that number means more than anything. That number defines you. It becomes the thing that you use to describe yourself to yourself. It’s a badge…of honor or shame.
And it can often become the focal point of your life.
And that’s just plain wrong.
It’s just a number, and it’s not an accurate or meaningful number, either. It’s just a number.
So stop obsessing over it.
The scale tells you that you weigh a certain amount, that you have a certain amount of tissue, bone, and water inside of you. And that’s all it tells you. It has no idea how hard you’re working, how far you’ve come, how strong you are, or how badly you want that number to decrease.
It doesn’t care.
It isn’t your friend. It isn’t your identity. It shouldn’t be the center piece of your journey. If there’s ever been a more detrimental tool to focus on while trying to get healthy, I don’t know about it.
You should ignore the scale, because the scale doesn’t tell you anything important or relevant. Consider this, your weight will fluctuate anywhere from 3-7 pounds per day. If you step on the scale after you exercise vigorously, you’ll see the number decrease. And it doesn’t matter.
What really matters is how you look, how you feel, and how your clothes fit. And the scale cannot tell you any of those things. All the scale tells you is that gravity is still working (yay, Newton).
If your friends and family tell you that you look great or better or thinner, but the scale shows you the same number, you will choose the scale over the people who love you. Why?
If your clothes are looser, but the scale shows you a bigger number, you will choose the scale over your clothes. Why?
If you have lots of energy and finally start exercising after years of sedentary living, but the scale shows you the same number, you will choose the scale over your energy. Why?
If you no longer have type 2 diabetes, but the number has increased, you will choose the scale over your health. Why?
You can’t keep holding this ridiculous number in such high esteem. The scale lies, because it doesn’t tell you the whole truth.
And you just need to ignore it.
Or punch it in its stupid scale face.