It’s not drama. It’s just math.
I used to have a hate/hate relationship with the scale. It began at age 8 when I weighed at least 20 pounds more than all of my friends. Stepping on the dreaded scale at the doctor’s office. Stepping on the scale when I joined not only Weight Watchers but all the countless diets that followed. Stepping on it daily at home. I can’t remember a time in my childhood where the scale did not define my self worth. When the numbers were low, I felt great. When the numbers climbed up, it would ruin my week and lead to days, weeks, and sometimes months of overeating. It’s amazing how much power a small piece of electronics had over my life. And this continued for decades.
But, after 30 years of allowing the scale determine how my week was going to be, I had an epiphany. The scale is just a tool. An extremely useful tool, yes— best used to monitor your weight loss progress and help you reach your REALISTIC goals—but still, just a tool. One extremely valuable and realistic goal is to take the drama out of weighing in and allowing the scale to function appropriately in your life. The scale is a tool to measure your progress not your mood!
I challenge you to think about the scale and weighing in differently than you have in the past. In life, there is math and there is drama. Math is exact. 2 plus 2 equals 4. Drama is the disportionate power we often assign to events in our life. Drama never helps us; it only harms us. The scale is math. It gives us a number. The drama we create around it is unnecessary and unproductive. Think numbers when stepping on the scale and reclaim your self esteem!
How do you turn your weekly weigh-ins into math rather than drama? Commit to weighing in weekly. Make sure that your goal weight is realistic and not too low. Know that the scale will fluctuate and sometimes a lot from week to week. You may be up five pounds. You may be down five pounds. You may stay the same for awhile. That’s ok. What you are looking for is the scale to eventually move down towards your realistic goal weight. It may take months. It may take years. But if you follow the LOSEitWRITE program, you will get to your goal weight. And the scale is a great way to monitor your progress.
Relating to the number on the scale in a healthy fashion (after years of empowerment) is not easy. You’ve got to learn to recognize all the drama that goes on in your head. The danger lies in your thought that you will never lose weight and your plan isn’t working. Somehow that leads to feelings of failure. Stop beating yourself up! You’ve got to learn to identify all the drama that you are creating with your thoughts. You’ve got to tell yourself that weighing in is just giving you feedback; it is NOT a reflection of your self worth. Practice this over and over until you find yourself recognizing the scale as just another tool to track your progress. You’ve got to major in math, not drama. Save the drama for the Real Housewives and the Kardashians. Stick to math on the scale. And step on it. Once a week. You in?