So, I am contemplating not replacing the batteries right now in my scale. How can that be you ask as I embark on Moving More, Eating Less of which the goal is to lose weight? I have now seen the advice given twice that you should turn off the scale, throw it out even. So, I started thinking, perhaps there is some validity to these recommendations. If I am honest with myself, I know about what the scale will indicate once I get on it. I know when I have had a good week or a bad one. And, what do I do when I see that number on there? I justify it. If it is a good number, I do a happy dance and celebrate—with food. If it is a bad number, I get peeved and turn to—you guessed it, food. So, there is a cycle in weighing myself and both options put me at the same conclusion. I think I read somewhere recently that insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result. Do I expect to behave differently with the scale this year just because I am refreshing my good habits? No.
Perhaps it is time to try a different approach.
I am going scale less each day. However, I do plan to tune in to my body daily. How do I feel? Does my body feel good? Do I feel healthy? And, what are my clothes telling me? Really, the point of losing weight is not about the number on the scale…it is about how I feel when I get there and how I choose to approach and live my life.
Given that I joined weight watchers at the first of the year, I am going to weigh in weekly and be intentional about my reaction to the scale. It is just a number not a definition of who I am.
So, here is to a different version of measuring success. I am eager to see how this goes.