The scale is not my friend . . .
Never really has been and probably never will be. More often than not, it stares back at me with a number that never seems to be in my favor, no matter how hard I work out, how healthy I eat, how much water I drink, or how many times I go to the bathroom. And during those times, I get defeated, usually quit and wonder will I ever get back to X number (it has changed over the years – currently, the ideal end goal is 140).
When Ana, Lori & I decided to become accountability buddies for our new healthy lifestyles and agreed we would share our scale pictures not once, but twice a week, I have to admit I felt a little panicky. I was thinking, “I know what I weigh, why can’t I just tell you?” Hell, for the past few years, I don’t even get on the scale at my annual gynecologist appointments anymore. When they say ok, well, how much do you weigh, I’ve been saying, “too much”. So, to have to show a picture of my scale with my toes around a number that makes me cringe to 2 of my close friends who I know will support me on this journey no matter what is a little nerve-wracking, to say the least.
Up until now, I have been encouraged that the scale isn’t the only indicator of being more healthy and to not obsess about not losing every time you step on it. The way your clothes fit, a normal blood pressure reading, better sleep are all good indicators of being more fit in mind and body – well, then if I’m getting better in all those areas, why is the scale still screaming at me, you’re fat???? It’s just a number, right? Wrong!
The positive thing about getting on the scale 2x a week and then texting a pic to Ana and Lori is that we all are trying to make friends with our scales so we can figure out what we can do to change the number on the enemy at our feet & get to the numbers we want to see.
While the scale will never be my friend, I’m hoping to get to a point where I actually don’t mind stepping on it and even smile when I step off!
What’s your relationship with the scale? Do you avoid it or weigh yourself all the time?
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Robin is 56 and her nest is newly empty. She has a daughter in college and is a paralegal by day. She lives in South Florida with her husband and dog.