Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Truth {Why I Hate Scales}

I have never been a fan of scales. I actually think that selling scales in stores like Target or Walmart should be illegal. I also know that muscle weighs more than fat...so why, if I was working hard and eating right, would I allow myself to get on a scale for it to only tell me the exact opposite of how I am feeling inside and how my clothes are fitting. IMO, the minute someone decides to start a "diet" and decides to buy a scale to keep track of said diet is the minute they set themselves up for failure. It's also why I don't agree with any "diet" program that requires you to weigh in before you get started. Any program that does that simply wants to prove that their product works by referring to that number on the scale. They really don't care how much weight you lose or how you lose it...they only care that the number goes down and in turn that proves their product is effective.

I think my hatred of scales came from having to weigh in at the Dr.'s throughout my pregnancy. First it's every 4 weeks, then it's every week. At one point I had them stop saying the number out loud because whatever number they would throw back at me would cause me to stress eat and gain another 5 pounds for my next visit. It was at that point in time that I decided I would never let a number on a scale define me again.

Instead of using a scale and obsessing over a number, I always went by how my clothes fit...I know that the rule is to always "dress for the body you have and not the body you want" as far as fashion goes, but for me, I decided that my clothes were going to be my "scale." I knew I wanted to fit back into my skinny jeans...so every week or two I would put on the jeans and see if they fit any better. I can report now that those skinny jeans still don't fit because now they are too big for me.

I've said this a million times before, but I would rather be able to do 50 burpees and then post a cool video on Instagram of me doing something on the TRX than post a picture of what my scale says. The minute you change your thinking and realize that health is much more important than how much you weigh is the minute you will flourish and succeed in your weight loss/lifestyle change journey. Don't let a number define you!

Sidenote - I have to apologize for the lack of blogging lately. There's a lot of things going on behind the scenes at Decidedly Delightful that have left me creatively tapped out. Hopefully the impending holiday season will stimulate my creativity and get me back to normal. Cy is also starting at daycare soon for a few days a week so I am hoping that having a little bit of time to myself will also allow me to focus more on this lovely little blog! I would like to thank everyone for their support...it means more to me than you will all ever know!