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Toss Your Scale. Seriously.

  1. Ocean Bream says:

    I never weigh myself, but looking at my body in the mirror has the same effect. I have been working out well for two weeks but these past three days I have relapsed hard and ate all the junk I could get my hands on. But I suppose an aspect of this journey is the relapse. As long as you pick yourself up and take care of yourself and don’t beat yourself up about it. This was a very informative and helpful post 🙂

  2. Lynore DeSimone says:

    May I share this post?

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  3. Sabrina says:

    Are you in my head? The first 5 paragraphs are pretty much exactly what’s going on with me right now. I don’t own a scale myself (because I recognized long ago that having a scale in my own home brought me nothing but negative self-judgement), but just this weekend I stepped on a scale in a friend’s bathroom. While I’m not at my highest weight ever, I’m nearing the tippy-top of my typical, non-pregnancy or postpartum weight range. Outside of my 3 pregnancies and postpartum periods, I haven’t seen this weight in about 20 years. I had been feeling really great– I’d started back at running again, had finally gotten a handle on my post-election self-medicating with wine and sweets, and was generally feeling healthier and more present in my body. Now I’m having to give myself a stern talking to about why I am not going to engage in restrictive eating behaviors, because there’s no going back. I’m done with dieting. And yet I still feel worse about myself than I did before I stepped on that scale. Grr.

  4. This is pretty much my life…but I’m not quite ready to let go. That said, I DO feel MUCH better when I eat clean food, exercise, and get enough sleep (this morning’s insomnia aside.) I’m still watching portions though – not quite ready to let go of the string and let my balloon soar.

    • GlenysO says:

      What is “clean” food?

      • Generally unprocessed or minimally processed stuff. Things with ingredients that are pretty much how they’re found in nature…I hear some folks go by the five-ingredient rule but that leaves out some high-quality soups and stuff….I’m not insane about it but I try.

  5. I’m not sure if other people make this connection, but because the first thing that happens to me at the doctor’s office is that I am weighed, I assume that weight and health are connected, even when I know they are not. Also, I feel like I have to know that number before they do so I can look appropriately disappointed in myself when the scale stops and they write that number down.

    • GlenysO says:

      One way around this is to be refuse to be weighed!

      • But….but then what happens? They make it seem like I HAVE to be weighed, especially for insurance reasons.

        • GlenysO says:

          Yes they do, don’t they :-). You don’t have to be subjected to any medical procedures (including being weighed) that you don’t want. In one presentation at the BEDA conference last year, a doctor said a little known fact is that if you tell them to put “refused” they will still get the appropriate reimbursement from insurance (this is in the US, at least). All electronic medical records should have that “refused” option (mine at work does). Don’t let them bully you either – it’s YOUR health care. I refuse all the time whether they like it or not.

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