Battle of the Scales
Friday, July 18, 2014
Just a couple thoughts about those scales. Scales are great for showing a weight loss but they can be so disappointing and even ruin a perfectly good day.
Today I woke feeling good - good about the choices I've been making with eating and working out. I know I'm doing all the right things and I can feel it in my body. I thought about weighing myself but decided against it because if the scales didn't confirm what I was feeling I would be disappointed and then have to deal with those feelings.
I would rather feel good knowing I'm accomplishing my goals then feel bad because a certain number didn't come up on those scales.
The scales have their place as an indicator but my body is a better measuring stick. How am I eating? How are my work-outs going? Can I feel how my body is responding to the healthy food I'm eating and the work-outs that I'm doing? Yes, I actually can feel my body responding to all the good and healthy things I am doing. My body was made for specific things and because I'm doing all of those things it is responding. I feel strong, I feel thinner, I feel healthy, my skin is more vibrant and I'm more alert. It's working. The scales can't tell me any of those things - only my body can tell me those things and that really is what I should be "listening" to -my body. It is the best indicator of what is going on. The number on the scales will naturally reflect what I'm doing eventually but it shouldn't be the goal - it should just be a small device I consult once or twice a week and sometimes not even that often.
And being honest with myself is important. If a number on those scales has the potential of bringing me down if it's not just the right number then I need to stay away from them. It is only a number - that's a reality. But when that number can have the power to change my mood, make me eat the wrong foods because "It doesn't matter anyway," or decide to skip a work-out then it's time to put those scales in their place - which is NO place at all!