How often should I weigh myself?
Sharing a story about why I don’t weigh myself anymore! From 57kg to 64kg!
To help you figure out how often OR if you should weigh yourself at all.
Very honest post here! Ahh am I even sharing this with the world, yes I am!
There was a time when I was to be honest, very obsessed with weighing myself.
Every morning I would wake up and bounce onto the scales to see if it had moved a measly pound down compared to the day before.
If it did then happy days, I would be very pleased with myself, almost like giving myself a pat on the back.
If it didn’t move or slightly increased well that set me up for a miserable mood for the whole day.
I would feel so discouraged and demotivated, lots of negative self talk going on too.
I was also struggling with a lot of constipation at the time which made me feel very bloated and also really heavy.
Then I started taking laxatives to help with easing my constipation. It did but unfortunately I kept on using them to help push the scale the way I wanted.
I guess I really liked the empty feeling it gave my stomach after using them. As strange as that sounds.
At this point in my life I was not overweight
Actually I was very slim but I had this thing in my head that I should be 57kg.
God I struggled with getting there. In fact, I couldn’t.
I don’t know what it was about this magic number but for some reason I told myself, that happiness was at this number, self acceptance was at this number and confidence was there too.
It seemed like my whole life and mood revolved around what that scale was telling me every morning. I was prepared to even jeopardize my health by taking laxatives to get there.
To be honest even though I was the slimmest I had ever been on the scale, I still didn’t feel confident and was still striving to lose more weight so that I could get to that particular goal weight.
Yeah I know, not a great relationship I had going on with myself and thankfully I have now turned away from it all.
I think my main reason of sharing this very private story. I have actually never told anyone. Now the whole world knows it because I really want women to stop thinking that the number on the scale has all the answers.
Being so fixated with what the scales says just has such a negative impact on you.
It can make you feel like you are not progressing, even when you are.
Make you feel rubbish about yourself when you shouldn’t.
Now when I say I am currently 64kg actually I don’t know that, this is a rough guess.
I don’t have scales at home anymore because for me I see my results and progression in many other ways.
Also now I have much more muscle mass because I do weight training which means I would weigh more than before.
More muscle = scale increases
In fact I am probably in the best shape now that I have ever been in BUT guess what if I was listening to the scales they would tell me otherwise.
See what I mean here?
Look at the whole picture too, if you are working your ass off all week, eating good food, exercising, being productive etc. Then why should you give yourself a hard time if the scale doesn’t move?
Nope! You totally shouldn’t. In fact you should be super proud of yourself as you are making an effort to change and you are going in the right direction.
PLUS the scale is never totally accurate especially if you jump on everyday. Water retention, hormones etc create fluctuations.
Keep the scales or not?
If this resonates with you, if you feel very fixated on the scale and what it says. If you are like me and doing silly things to get the scale to move then please step away from it. Actually chuck it in the bin where it belongs.
Focus each week on your goals, your habits and enjoy the process. Love yourself from day 1! Eat nutritious food because your body needs it and move to feel good.
Then trust me you will get to that place of happiness because it’s a feeling, not a number.
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