I always love the beginning of the month. It’s a great time to start new challenges and goals full of renewed motivation and inspiration. I need May to be that month for me. May will be my month to get back on track with so many things. In order to give myself a different approach to the weight loss side of things, I have decided that this month will be “No-Weigh May.” Yes, it means exactly what you think it does.
I will not be stepping on a scale to check my weight the ENTIRE month of May!
Madness, I know but just hear me out. There is a method to my madness, I promise.
Confession time: I am one of those people who is ruled by the scale. That stupid little blue digital number that blinks at me whenever I step on that cold glass square on my bathroom floor has the power to make me feel like I am on top of the world. Unfortunately, it also has the power to destroy my willpower, make me feel ugly, fat and not so sexy, and send me into a downward spiral that ends with a binge and the guilt that comes with it. Nothing and no one should have this power over me, and yet the stupid $35 device that sits on my bathroom floor can either make or break me.
My solution? Get rid of it!
I’m sure many of you out there have experienced the influence of the scale on your mood. Have you ever woken up feeling incredibly lean and thin, so you head to the bathroom with joy to jump on the scale only to find that that number really hasn’t dropped like you feel it should have? Yeah…me too. It can be a very discouraging thing, and while checking your weight is an important element tracking the progress of your weight loss journey, it is not the only way to track progress.
Some of the other ways you might notice progress could be
- Your clothes fit a little better
- Discovering muscle definition in places you didn’t have it before
- Having more energy
- Feeling satisfied with healthy food choices
- Finding it easy to stay on track with counting Points Plus or calories
- Body measurements taken with a measuring tape
- People notice your body changing
- YOU notice your body changing
I mean, really, the list could go on and on. While the scale is one way to track progress, as long as you stay in the game, you don’t need to use it all the time. Our body weight can fluctuate several pounds on a daily or hourly basis depending on what you’re doing. You know that giant bottle of water you are so proud you consumed first thing in the morning? I suggest not getting on the scale anytime after you do that, as the number won’t be what you want to see. Expecting your period sometime in the next 3 days? Go out to eat at a restaurant last night? There’s a reason that Weight Watchers only has you weighing in once a week. There are so many elements that can bring your weight up and your spirit down, but just because you’re bloated because Aunt Flow is on the way and she bumps you up a 1.5 lbs doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong and should get discouraged. The scale has the tendency to rule so many lives, including my own.
I don’t want to be ruled by anything or anyone, let alone an inanimate object, so I’ve created No-Weigh May to help me let go of the scale and focus on all of the other awesome things about myself and my progress.
All the scale will tell me is my current numeric relationship with gravity. The scale doesn’t tell me:
- How loved I am by my husband, family and friends
- How smart I am
- That I am fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s eyes
- That I have the power to choose happiness on a daily basis
- That I’m talented
- My purpose
- My strength
- My life goals
- That I’m getting stronger
Fill in the blanks with whatever awesomeness about yourself that the scale doesn’t tell you. This month, I will be focusing on those. I will be tracking progress in other ways and I will be keeping my feet off of the scale. I am so much more than a number on a scale, and so are you!
- I will get the scale off of the bathroom floor so I’m not tempted to just “check in” and see how I’m doing.
- It’s time to get serious about tracking again. I am going back to being a stickler about tracking my Points, and I can rest assured that as long as I stay within my numbers, the scale will be going in the right direction, even if I don’t step on it.
- Focus on fitness this month. I feel better and have more energy when I workout. I want to focus on how working out makes me feel rather than using it to make the number on the scale go down. I’ve accepted the challenge of 100 miles in May, so with my eyes not on the scale, I can channel that worry and focus into other fitness goals
- I will have to weigh in as a Weight Watchers employee, but I will wait until the end of the month and step on the scale backwards so I don’t see the number.
- With the lack of stress, worry and disappointment that comes with a bad weigh day I hope to find more genuine happiness and an overall better mood, which well help me greatly with other things that are coming my way this month.
- On June 1st I will break the scale out of hiding, step on and with all of the focus I put on every other element of my health and wellness this month, in theory, the number should reflect my progress, proving to myself once and for all that I do not need the scale to tell me I am doing things right.
That’s the plan. It’s simple really. Stay on track and rest assured knowing I won’t be ruining my day by stepping on the scale after a good day only to see the number fail to reflect it.
It’s time to end the scale’s rule! Join me this month for “No-Weigh May” and free yourself from scale slavery too 🙂