After reading Part 1 and Part 2 of this “Leaving Your Scale Behind” series, hopefully. you’ve opened your mind up to the idea of throwing away, donating, smashing into a million pieces, or at least hiding your scale in your junk room (and don’t try and act like you don’t have one, we all do). If you still aren’t convinced about ditching the scale yet, I invite you to continue reading along; I’m willing to bet I can convince you with this picture of what your life could be like without the scale in your life.
For those of you who were inspired, maybe your scale hasn’t been used for weeks now. You may have urges just to see if you’ve lost any pounds, but you hold back because you know there are better ways to track progress. To keep track of the changes in your body, you’re keeping progress pictures, tape measurements, or maybe even skinfold measurements as an easy reference point and a way to keep yourself accountable to your goals.
You are using body wisdom to fuel yourself appropriately by staying in tune with your natural hunger cues. You aren’t having to worry about your daily weight fluctuation dictating how your day is going to go. You aren’t having to feel discouraged when you stayed on track all week and yet the scale says you weigh a pound or two heavier.
You don’t get jealous of your annoying coworker anymore when he or she brags about his or her weight loss success after only three days of eating low-carb. And it’s not only because you’re no longer hung up on your weight, but because you now know that they likely have just lost water weight from the lack of carbohydrates in their diet.
All around, you feel freer, less emotionally weighed down and constricted. Vibrancy has come back into your meals. Movement no longer feels like a chore, but instead like an exciting activity.
If any of you are experiencing this, congratulations! You’re well on your way to emotional, mental, and physical well-being. If you’ve just started, stick with it! Worthwhile change takes time and patience. And if you haven’t yet started, maybe today will be day 1 of a new chapter for you.
The picture I painted above is how you can choose to live your daily life, guilt-free and as balanced as possible. And yes, every day is a choice. You have a choice of whether you want to go about your wellness goals in an obsessive, restrictive way or in a free, intuitive way. Your body is smarter than you think it is- heck, all it wants to do is keep you alive and thriving.
Most importantly, you are more than your physical appearance, your weight, and your successes or struggles. Focus on what your body can do, rather than the number on the scale. You just may see results both inside and out!
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