There’s this object that I loathe. It is sometimes described as a torture device. An object that causes much anguish and torment. As much as I’ve hated it, I used to visit it at least once a day if not several times a day.
It shames me. It judges me. It can make me giddy with excitement or can cause me to have an emotional breakdown. It has made me feel useless, a failure, and even worthless.
Have you guessed it’s name?
Did you know the scale was first introduced to weigh general mass? No, not people in the sense we use it now…but building materials, trade objects, money, animal meat…The list goes on and on. Do you know what I want to go back in time and figure out? Who thought it was a good idea to personally step on a scale to see how much they weighed? When did a number on a scale, originally discovered out of curiosity, become a measurement of self-worth?
As I’ve been strolling down my own Health and Wellness journey (I say stroll because I started out skeptically and tentatively), I’ve come to realize there is so much more to how much you weigh than just how “fat” you are. Yes, muscle weighs more than fat, and it’s very important to remember that. But I’ve recently discovered weight will fluctuate daily, even hourly, depending on several factors:
Water Weight (did you know your body will hold on to excess water when it’s trying to dilute toxins??)
Last Poo (yep I went there…)
And that is just a few factors! When I was 9 months pregnant with Meliana, I would swell so much I’d easily gain 10lbs over the course of A SINGLE day. Even now, depending on my activity and eating habits, I’ll gain anywhere from 2-5lbs in ONE DAY. But in the morning? I’m usually back down, ready to start the day fresh. And if I’m not, IT’S OK. My worth is not a number.
My suggestion? Hide the scale. Only get it out MAYBE once a month to see what your trend is. If you’re fitting in a weekly exercise routine, and generally take care of yourself to try and improve your nutrition, your weight should be going down…checking it daily is just going to drive you nuts and send you on a roller coaster of emotions. Checking monthly will help you see if you’re trend is losing weight or gaining weight. Then you can make adjustments based on that trend.
Another idea? Get a measuring tape. Once every couple of months, take your measurements. Sometimes inches lost are not reflected on the scale. And just like the scale, don’t look at the specific numbers, look at the trend…if the numbers are getting bigger or smaller. If they are reflecting your goals or your eating habits.
I do know this one thing: I’ve got two beautiful girls. Right now, they don’t know anything about scales, about weight, about chunky thighs and jiggly skin. But they do know they are beautiful…that they are perfect just the way they are. I’m working on me: my nutrition, my exercise, my self-image and my attitude so that they can follow my example. I want them to make good food choices and also indulge every once in a while. I want them to exercise in a way that is fun to them, not to torture themselves because they “have” to. And I want them to always know how beautiful they are. That beauty is not dependent on pant size or scale number. But rather, on how they treat others around them and how they treat themselves.
So Mr. Scale, you no longer have a hold on me. My visits will be few and far between (if at all) and I don’t care what you have to say.
Lord, bless this busyness ~ Jenn
PS If you’d like more information on my personal weight loss journey through nutrition and supplements, drop a comment! I’d love to talk with you!
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