I personally have a love/hate relationship with the scale. In other words, I try to stay off the thing.
The scale does absolutely nothing for me. I would rather judge my health by how “clean” I’ve been eating, how much exercise I’ve done, and the way I feel about myself.
I can tell after being bad for a couple of days how bloated I am, or how pissed off I get when I don’t exercise for a little while. It’s not the Sarah that it should be. I’ve gotten myself into some healthy habits and that’s AWESOME!
I can remember when I used to spend my days riding dirt roads with 12 packs of beer, eating an appetizer and a full meal every time I sat down. It wasn’t a successful night unless we frequented the Krystal drive-thru. I basically was a heart attack waiting to happen. I don’t remember eating vegetables, I smoked pack after pack of cigarettes, and drank countless beers.
One day, something just snapped. I realized how gross and horribly disgusting I felt and decided to do something about it! Since I was in the middle of a weight loss journey (and still am), I was getting on the scale a good bit. But when the numbers wouldn’t go down, I got SO discouraged. I was a goner by then, I felt that none of my hard work was paying off and I would get off track for a few days until I was ill as a hornet to everybody I knew. Then I realized how bad I NEEDED to workout and what a habit it had now become for me. I realized how I NEEDED to get my vegetables in, and that fried, fast food just wasn’t going to cut it for me.
I HATE the scale when those numbers don’t change. But the way I feel when I’ve eaten right and exercised makes up for it. And that’s why I don’t get on there anymore. It’s just not worth it to me. I would rather judge myself by the way I’m feeling. That’s why, when I’ve been off track for a few days, I hop right back on. It normally takes me about two days until I’m back feeling like myself again, but that’s okay. You live and you learn.
I would so much rather be focused on balance than on some number!
If the scale brings you down as much as it did me, just stay off of it. It’s not worth it! Judge your weight loss success by how much better your clothes fit! It’s a struggle. One that millions of Americans deal with every day, but you learn what works best for you and then follow that. Don’t be discouraged by stupid little numbers!!