I totally believe that a scale is a good tool to use if you want to lose weight. It will tell you if you’re doing the right things to stay on track, and help you measure your progress. But, it’s ONLY a tool. When we give it more power than it deserves we tend to lose focus on what’s truly important in our wellness journey.
I can relate. In my 20s, I was focused entirely too much on the scale. I let it dictate how I felt about myself on any given day, and I was not focused on being healthy. I was focused SOLELY on that number and had given that one silly item way too much power. Now that I’m older and hopefully a bit wiser, my relationship with the scale is much healthier. I use it a few times a week to make sure I’m still in my “maintenance zone” and focus my daily behaviors on what I need to do to stay there. It’s a mental game as much as it is a physical one.
Are you too dependent on the scale?
Are you becoming too focused on the scale? Here are five signs you may need to re-think how you use it:
- You use it more often than once a day. If you skip a day, you feel anxious.
- When you have a “good” scale day you reward yourself by eating things you normally wouldn’t.
- When you have a “bad” scale day you restrict, even though your body is craving nourishment.
- It is your main (or only) measurement tool of progress.
- You allow it to have an impact on how you feel about yourself on any particular day.
Tap Into Your WHY Power
When you start your wellness journey, you’ll quickly realize that in order to be successful you have to focus on more than just weight loss. Often, it starts with tapping into WHY you want to lose weight. The most common reasons I hear about are to look better, to have more energy, and to combat or prevent health problems. What is YOUR main motivator right now? Then, take those reasons and ask yourself, “What would achieving those things do to enhance my life?” That’s your WHY power. The more you can tap into that daily, the more intrinsically motivated you’ll become. Let it fuel your fire.
Once you really dial into your WHY power, you can focus on the behaviors necessary to achieve your goals. What will you need to practice to become the sort of person that is healthier, stronger or more confident? Remember, losing weight is simply a byproduct of healthy behavior practiced consistently. When we focus on the behaviors and why we’re really doing them, we can use them to our advantage. The WHY power that got you started is exponentially more powerful than you WILL power.