What is the #1 worst tool for weight loss? Some of you may say the oven, others the fast food drive through or the well intentioned neighbors who bring you treats.
But none of those are NEARLY as damaging as the scale can be. That bathroom scale just sits there with an invitation… “stand on me… I DARE you!” and you can’t resist. You have to know right now what it will tell you next, and that will determine whether you have a good day, or a bad day. Not only that, it will tell you what you can and can’t eat that day, keeping you in a perpetual state of confusion.
I used to have daily conversations with my scale… and those conversations determined the rest of my day. If the scale told me it was a good day, it was. I felt optimistic, I believed my clothes fit better, and I worried less about how others saw me. I would also feel more relaxed about my eating, eat more treats than I really even wanted thinking, “it’s ok, I’m on the right path anyway”. But if the scale told me it was a bad day, I believed it too. I felt sad, depressed, self conscious. I would also be “super strict” about my eating and deprive myself. This just set me up for failure in the future, and I would unconsciously and uncontrollably overeat the next time I ran out of self control or had a “good” day.
Now, years later and many clients later, I realized what happened in that crucial moment for me. Once I could no longer judge myself based on a number on a digital display, I was able to take the energy that would have been spent dealing with artificial emotions (both negative and positive) and apply it towards my awareness. This is awareness of what I was eating, how I was treating my body, and what my body was asking for… without judgement of whether or not it would change that arbitrary number.