Think back on it. If weighing yourself has been an ongoing activity in your life, or if it’s something you do frequently, what are the usual outcomes? Is it happiness? A sense of empowerment that follows? A flood of self love and appreciation? Probably not.
More often it’s probably followed by anxiety, dread, disappointment, disbelief. Even hopelessness.
Now, ask yourself:
- How many days have started this way for you?
- How many could-have-been bright and sunny days in your life were covered in clouds? Because of a number?
- And how many punishing diet behaviors did you pursue afterwards? That only made your weight struggles more difficult, even though you didn’t know it at the time?
- And, are you ready to try something different?
Why do we do it?
The scale doesn’t tell us if we’re healthy. It certainly doesn’t tell us if we’re at a healthy weight. Life is not about a number – weight, BMI, inches or otherwise. So, why do we let numbers dictate our self worth, rob us of joy, and steal our thunder?
Today is the first day of Healthy Weight Week activities. It’s “Let Go of Dieting” Day. So, today, don’t weigh yourself. Don’t think about the scale and the numbers. Focus on your body and what it needs and deserves. Let go of the diet. And try it again tomorrow.
Read our FitBriefing, Why Worrying About Your Weight Only Makes Things Worse to help you shift your focus from weight to health. And stay tuned for more blog posts this week that will help.