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Do you have a love / hate relationship with your scale? By love, I mean when it says what you want you do a happy dance and have a little pep in your step? What if that magic number you are looking to see is even off by a .1 of a pound do you become angered, frustrated, want to scrap the whole fitness idea, or have a pity party with your friend Papa John? 

I am going to throw out an idea, what if for one month you get off of your scale from that place in your bathroom?

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You might be reading this and thinking “How dare she suggest such a thing?” “What an awful idea!” If that is you – Is your hesitation in getting rid of your scale because this is how you judge your success? Do you let a number hold that much value on your day to day functioning and decision? If that is a yes, then hear me out- I will argue that this even more so drives home why the scale needs at least a temporary eviction notice for you to evaluate what is helpful.

It is completely plausible that you could be working out, eating great, but not seeing that number on the scale drop as you might like. But that does not mean what you are doing is not working. You could be eating right, exercising, and not see the scale drop more than 1-2 lbs. This does not mean you are a failure. This means you should first reevaluate how you determine your success in your journey to a healthy future.

Alternatives to weighing yourself

Pictures

Take before and after pictures. Day 1 and Day 30 – from the front, side, and back. Aim to take pictures in the morning and wear the same outfit for consistency.

Measurements

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Invest in a measuring tape and measure your thigh, chest, waist, and hips. You can take measurements on day 1, day 15, and day 30 for a beginning frame of reference.

How are your clothes fitting?

Are your favorite pants a little more loose in the waist or thighs? Is your top a little more loose in the midriff? Is it easier to zip up a skirt or dress?

Energy Level & Mood

Are you able to get up without hitting snooze multiple times? Able to have energy to play with your kids after work instead of crashing on the sofa and praying for bed time to come soon? Headed to the gym without any hesitation?

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Weight is not the only way to determine success. There is not a one size fit all approach to your relationship with your scale. Maybe that means throwing out the scale with this week’s trash, or hiding it in an unused room and bringing out monthly. But I would caution those who hop on every day and let their mindset, goals, and mood be altered by a number to rethink your priorities to one of the ideas above.

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17 thoughts on “Get off of your scale: You are more than your weight

  1. I love this post and the entire message. I have literally removed the scale from my bathroom and put it at the top of my closet where I can’t reach it so that I don’t weigh myself every day. I like to focus more on my clothing and my measurements. I know I’m at my healthiest when I feel good from the inside out!

  2. I love this post! I used to weigh myself EVERY DAY. I even had an app that would Bluetooth from my scale. It was not healthy for me. I deleted the app and stopped the daily weigh-ins. I’m still working on creating a more healthy body image but for me, stepping off the scale was the first step.

  3. I used to have such an unhealthy relationship with the scale. I now don’t have one. I realized that seeing any number, no matter how low, would never be enough for me so I just don’t keep one around the house. I luckily have really fast metabolism so I don’t gain weight very quickly at all. I should honestly just be focusing on being healthy, not my weight in general and hot having to worry about what my scale says has helped a lot! I love your idea of measuring energy though! That’s a much better alternative!

  4. I love this post and the message! I stopped wighting myself every day years ago and since then i feel great in my body! I use my denim jeans to know if i took some weigh or not

  5. This is SO important. And we are our own worst critics in this department, too. It’s great to have a reminder to not be so hard on ourselves – AND that there are other things more important!

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