The War of the Weigh In
By Michelle Gagnon – So Good At Life friend and contributor
Why are we so obsessed with that number? That weight we had in our early 20’s; what the scale read pre-baby; or that insane stress-related weight we reached after that horrible break up! God we looked great, didn’t we? But how did we feel? I know my 42 year old body could kick my 22 year old butt! And my pre-baby body lived on fast food, Zima, and cigarettes. And that break up? Ugh…it nearly killed me from the inside. I may have looked “great” but I felt awful. Let’s really reflect on how we felt when we were the goal weight we are setting for ourselves now, because I’m not sure we really felt that “great”???
I’ve felt the best when I didn’t rely on the scale to judge my health. In August of 2015, I got rid of my scale. Like, I dramatically threw it away. Lucky for me, trash day is on Monday, which is the day I start every new beginning, so into the recycling bin it went…gone forever! Ahhhh….now it couldn’t call my name anymore, I was free! This one simple task lifted the addiction to constantly “weigh in” to validate my good behavior. I believe the most important part of this journey is how we feel about it while we’re experiencing it. When you are focusing on your weight every day or week, you miss out on all the positive feelings eating well and being active can offer. I also feel that weighing in is tricky because water, muscle, and various other things can contribute to that number on the scale thereby distorting your gauge of progress. Not knowing what the scale would read meant that when I ate really good stuff and was consistently active, I could just feel amazing. When I put the scale into that equation and saw that I only lost .2 lbs. it crushed my spirit and completely discouraged me. So why do it? Why gauge your progress on a number? I currently weigh the same as I did right after I had my first baby and I weigh about 40 lbs more than I did when I was 22. I am 100% okay with that. You know why? I’ll tell you why, because weight is superficial. It’s not always a real measure of our health. Our bodies come in all different shapes and sizes and unfortunately the media gives us this false idea that we need to look thin and athletic to be considered healthy. This is not necessarily accurate. True health and beauty is felt on the inside first and then reflected toward the world; It’s feeling confident and good about ourselves because we are living our lives to our true potential. No number on a scale can do that.
Self love is key to letting go of the number. We are all beautiful in our own ways and what some may consider flaws, I see as a the map of a full life. Gauge your progress on how you feel. Eat food that is real. Invest money in a quality bed, comfy sheets, and a nice pillow. Get outside every single day. Walk, hike, bike, just breathe in the air and let the sun hit your skin. Do this and not only will you see and feel results…but you will have won the war of the weigh in and become So Good At Life!