Weigh In Wedneday: No More Scale

Last week, I broke up with the scale.
I had been weighing myself daily (sometimes multiple times a day) and being mad every time.  Either the stupid thing would show me at 3 different weights within moments (and the only one that would matter to me was the largest number) or I wouldn’t be pleased enough with the results.
I was lamenting to my mom and Tyler about this, and he suggested I don’t weigh myself.  Maybe not ever, but at least for a while.
I’ve suggested this before, and even gone a few weeks without weighing….but I really think I mean it this time.
See, the next morning after we had this “break up with the scale talk” I read these things in my morning quiet time (I’m reading the Made to Crave 60 Day Devotional and some passages in Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word section on Overcoming Food-Related Strongholds.)
Made to Crave that morning was about pleasing God, not the scale.  It said this:
“Define your week by obedience, not by a number on the scale.The scale does help measure our progress, but it can’t tell us
everything. It can’t tell us if too much salt intake is making us retain
a pound or two of water. It can’t tell us if we actually lost a pound
of fat, but gained more muscle from weight training. And, it can’t tell
us what time of the month it is and give us automatic credit for the
extra two pounds or so that those glorious few days bring to us.
So, I had to stop and ask myself the following questions:
    • Did I overeat this week on any day? No.

 

  • Did I move more and exercise regularly? Yes.
  • Did I eat in secret or out of anger or frustration? No.
  • Did I feel that, at any time, I ran to food instead of to God? Nope.
  • Before I hopped on the scale, did I think I’d had a successful, God-pleasing week? Yep!”

 

Then, in Praying God’s Word, I was led through a prayer based on 2 Peter 2:19 “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”
If that isn’t confirmation to let go of the scale, I don’t know what is.  I hear you, Lord.
I had been “mastered” by the scale.  I thought freedom would come from seeing a number there.  But you know what?  That’s not what I want to define me.
I want to feel successful NOW.  I don’t want to wait to feel successful in 10/15/20 pounds. Because, you know what, I AM successful now.  I’ve gone from a size 16 to a size 10.  I can run a 5k.  I am training for a 10k and an indoor triathlon.  I am living a healthier life.  I am no longer pre-diabetic.  I am successful. I’m declaring myself a success now.  And that mindset is freeing.
I am also ditching a goal weight.  On my 30 Before 30 list, I used to have “Weigh 150” as a goal (the top goal!!).  Well, I’m deleting that and replacing it with another goal I’m working towards: Run a 10k.  Because who cares if I EVER weigh that magical number I pulled from the sky.  Sure, that number would be in the “healthy BMI range”  My doctor said that doesn’t matter.  Sure, that number would likely make me a size 6.  Who cares.  But that number won’t make me happy.
I am SO much more than that scale and the numbers on it.  And you know what I’m proclaiming today?  I’m at goal today.  The goal is to be healthy….and I believe I’m healthy.  My doctor called me “fit and healthy” at my last appointment.  I work out 5-7 days a week.  I eat pretty clean and moderate amounts.  I don’t drink lots of alcohol or soda.  I don’t smoke.  I don’t do drugs.  I treat my body pretty well.  And ditching that number on the scale makes this my life, not just a means to an end.
L- Summer 2010, R- today.  THIS is what success looks like.  Not a magic number on the scale.
I would love to “be finished” losing weight. But then what? I will never go back to the way I was.  I will always live like this (I hope).  So why is there a finite end of a goal weight?  Now there isn’t.
This is me.  Living MY life.  Being happy.  Not being a slave to the scale.  No longer crying in the shower because I hated what the scale said minutes before.  No longer mad that I didn’t reach a certain number at a certain time. No longer frustrated that my efforts “aren’t enough.” I’m enough.  This is my journey and my story and I’m rewriting it.
Scale, it’s not me…it’s you.  We’re over.  Good riddance.

Comments

  1. What a powerful post! I needed to hear this today. I actually have that book but have never opened it. I really love those questions. I need to copy those down and put them where I can see them.

  2. Just so you know you look smaller than a size 10. And you look great! I weight myself maybe weekly but most of the time it ends up being every 2 weeks instead!

  3. Love this. I gave up on Couch to 5k because I kept gaining weight and not seeing any results in my gut. I know I was getting stronger, but seeing those numbers can be so discouraging. Thanks for this post!

    • Yeah running is tough because it can be hard to lose weight when pushing yourself (not sure why…but I hear this alot!). I am preferring to think about the bigger picture, not just the scale.

  4. Good for you! I strruggle with the same issues: a certain number, a certain size, etc. You are right – there are weeks when I am perfect, and nothing happens. But in reality something is happening – I am getting healthier and doing it right! thanks!

  5. Girl, you are amazing and inspiring!! One of the things I love about our little gym community is seeing progress in everyone, and it motivates me to see how hard you work, and how well you do, while continuing to live your life! Keep it up, you look beautiful 🙂 and you know what, maybe I may have a sit-down talk with my scale too. I stand on that thing a few times a day myself…

    Once again, you’re awesome. Your husband must be so proud of the beautiful, intelligent, hardworking girl on his arm 🙂

    • Thanks so much girl! YOU are inspiring to ME! I love seeing people change their lives….one workout at a time. It’s so wonderful. And I told Tyler what you said…and he said he is proud. 🙂 Same goes to your man.

  6. Good for you!! I think a lot of girls have learned that the little number we see is not who we are. I am mega proud of you for this. Glad I am not alone!!!
    You will reach your goals. Just a number goal doesnt make much since to me. You will never have to put your weight on a resume, so why let it define who you are as a person and literally control everything!

    Love this blog. Such an inspiration! Hugs! 🙂

  7. I really needed to hear this today; I’ve been in the same routine. Weigh, weigh again just to make sure, weigh again because it went up .5 pounds from the first time, weigh after lunch, etc. and it is driving me bananas right now. When I look at those questions, though, I can answer all of them in the way that they should be answered. I, too, need to keep those. I know my body is healthier. Thanks and way to go; what a process it is.

    • There are so many other things in life that drive us crazy….why do we do it to ourselves? 🙂 Let it go, you’ll be much happier. The journey to healthy is SO much more rewarding than the journey to a number.

  8. Awesome!!! People can’t tell how much you weigh when you are with them! All people see is how you present yourself and the smile on your face!

  9. Good for you! Just last week, I decided to make the same decision to part ways with the constant weigh-ins. I’m used to weighing myself twice a day and it was just always so depressing, which it really shouldn’t have been since I’ve lost over 60 pounds! Just like you, I’ve set running goals and reached them and felt like that was good, but my #1 goal has ALWAYS been to reach 150 pounds. And, for the first time, I don’t care about that number anymore. I’m strength training and I’ve gained self-control in my eating and I just don’t NEED to be 150 pounds to prove to myself that I’ve “made it.”

    • YAY for you! No one can validate you except for YOU (not the scale, not that “magic” number.) I think taking control of that is so great! Way to go!

  10. Wow, looks like you have put in a lot of hard work! You look great!

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