So I’m here to talk about the dreaded word: Scales.
Is there anything worse for a female to hear? Coming from someone who used to be the world’s worst yo-yo dieter, I was petrified of the scales. I had such an unhealthy relationship with this tiny dial on the scale that I would feel my heart race at the thought of the dreaded weigh-in day.
As always, my weigh-in day consisted of going to the loo and stripping my clothes off (because you never know, that bra might be weight me down! Crazy, I know…) and there I am. Stood on the scales in tears because heaven forbid I weighed 1lb more than I had the week before.
This cycle went on for years. I would weigh-in, feel great for a week or weigh-in and feel terrible which would result in binge eating my feelings because for some crazy reason, I felt that the number on that scale defined me as a person. I felt like I wore that number like a badge for everyone to see. I genuinely thought people wouldn’t like me if I was heavier and before I realise, In a split second, I’ve went from zero to self-sabotage.
After having my son Finn, I gained weight through the whole cycle of binge eating and I decided this year to get myself a nutrition coach who totally changed my mindset.
This year I have learnt that the scales really don’t mean a thing. There’s nothing to be frightened of, it’s just a daft number that nobody needs to know about! That number isn’t a representation of your worth, it isn’t a representation of your love and kindness. It’s absolutely nothing worth bothering about.
Now I’m not saying that means go and survive on junk food because Vivienne said the scales don’t matter. What I’m saying is look after yourself. Not just on the outside but on the inside and for me, the scales do more damage to me on the inside than the outside.
For me, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I either give something my everything or I don’t bother. So instead of focussing on scales, I switch my attention to other numbers. For me, it’s now the weight I’m lifting each week. I like to try and push myself and see how much more my body can do. Or if it’s cardio I’m doing, I get my music on full blast and try and push myself out of my comfort zone and go as fast as I can.
I choose to focus on the valuable numbers. The ones which will make me healthier and make me better. Not the ones which will pointlessly drive me insane!
So if there’s anything I can say, it’s this:
If you are on a weight loss journey, ditch the scales girl and go with progress pictures because the scales simply don’t mean a thing and are not worth obsessing over. Eat right, train well and you have nothing to worry about. The results will come in time.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a race.