It’s Not Me It’s You: The Journey to Breaking Up with Your Scale
We’ve grown in different directions. You’re just not good for me anymore. You upset me, you hurt my feelings, and you don’t care how hard I work to push you in the direction I want. So as of today, we’re done. It’s over. I am saying goodbye to my bathroom scale.
I am sure some of you are wondering why I would do such a thing. We’ll its pretty simple. For a long time, two years almost, I weighed every day. Religiously. Rise, pee, and weigh. And it made me happy. Visibly watching the numbers go down over the course of roughly 120 something pounds encouraged me. It motivated me. I had a few rough plateaus, days of tears and lost hope. But somehow I always found a way to overcome it. This plateau however has been the most difficult to break, or so I thought. Maybe I haven’t really been plateaued. Perhaps it was just the scale who doesn’t want to budge.
At the beginning of this journey I had a significant amount of weight to lose. Now, I have about 25/30 pounds I would like to shed but my body composition is far different from what it once was. Over the last two months I have shed a couple inches, PR’d some lifts (significantly) and I can tell a difference in the way my clothing fits. Sounds to me like I am headed in the right direction…until I weigh. “I gained 7 pounds!!!!! WTH???” Yep, that was my exact thoughts as I burst into tears and battled the urge to devour any junk food in sight! How could I go from feeling amazing, excited over the fact that my tight jeans are a little loose in the waist to feeling like a complete whale of a failure?
After rationalizing with myself I had a few thoughts. What does it matter what that scale says? Do I feel better? Am I eating healthier? Is my performance improving? If yes, then screw the scale! I am not walking around with my weight tattooed across my forehead. Sure there is room for improvement, there always is. But I choose not to let that number define my self-confidence any longer. Instead I will track my progress through body measurements and performance. I am worth more than a number on a scale and so are you!