Are you feeling weighed down by the scale? Have you given it power over your emotions and your self esteem? If so, you aren't alone. The majority of the population owns a scale and a hefty percentage of those scale owners unknowingly are slaves to it. They hold their breath just waiting for the number to pop up. If the scale is down well then they declare that it's gonna be a good day! If the scale is up, well they decide that they might as well just go back to bed.
Okay look, I am just going to come out and say it. That stupid number on that scale does not depict who you are. However, you may be shocked to hear me say that on the flipside, I don't think they are the devil. That is however, if your relationship with them is a healthy one. The truth is, scales do help us determine to a certain extent how we are treating our bodies. That being said, there are a lot of factors that often aren't factored in. For instance, water weight, bone mass, muscle mass and so on.
One salty meal for me can pack on three pounds. PMS typically packs on a whopping five pounds. But you know what? I don't give it a second thought. I factor in sodium and PMS and I know when that number on the scale is a reflection of those. That being said, I do have a range that I feel healthiest in and I do try to stay within it most days. Now, I don't obsess over the number and my day is not depicted by it in any way but I also do like to have a general idea of where I am at.
If you have followed me for any period of time then you already know that I hate extremes. I don't think any particular food is "bad" and I don't think the scale is either. It all comes down to your mindset and your relationship with it. If it holds your emotions in it's grasp well then, maybe it's time to take a break from it for a while. If however, you can confidently step on that scale with the knowledge that your weight will fluctuate even for those with the healthiest of diets and most disciplined workout routines then I think it is okay to step on. I personally think that ignorance is not bliss. It is important to know where you stand because it can to a degree reflect your lifestyle and help keep you accountable.
So my advice is to tune into your body and think back to the healthiest weight you have ever been in your adult life and then place your goal weight within a reasonable range around that number. For instance (I am usually not one to discuss numbers but this time I'll make an exception) my "happy place" for little five foot two inches me is between 120-125 pounds. That is just where I feel my best, my most energetic and my most fit. I have weighed way less and I have weighed quite a few pounds more but for me, because I am so in tune to my body, I know that this is the range in which it likes to weigh. For me personally, when I stay within that range, my mood is stable, my cycle is more regular, my stamina and confidence is increased and I feel just overall healthier. Doing a weekly or daily checking to me is just a way to ensure that I do not venture too far from that range.
Some days my weight is closer to the bottom of that range and then sometimes after a "20" night or right before "Aunt Flo" decides to visit, it will be towards the top. Either way, as long as for the most part I stay in that range I try to not stress it. I love on my body, feed it and treat it well so whatever the scale says that day really does not shake my confidence or dampen my mood. The scale is a useful tool to be sure but it does not hold a power over me. Okay, so now enough about me. What about you? What is your relationship like with the scale? Have you determined your happiest and healthiest weight range yet? If not, maybe now is a good time to tune in and really think about it. The scale is not the enemy my friend but just like with anything, developing a healthy relationship with it is key! So if you do choose to weigh yourself, try and keep that in mind.