I’ve been in the groove of posting new workouts on Wednesdays. It’s something I plan to continue, but no new moves today. I enjoyed a new-to-me workout yesterday, but Miss Tina deserves the credit for the swingin’ sweat sesh. I completed five rounds of this CrossFit workout, followed by a quick dumbbell set. Holy moly — 225 kettlebell swings and 100 push-ups make for sore arms!
Instead of focusing on weights today (tonight/tomorrow), I have a different weight on my mind… my weight.
A couple of weeks ago, I checked in on my 2013 Aspirations. While I’ve accomplished some, ditching the scale, is one I have yet to make progress with… zero, zilch. There have been periods since January where I didn’t date the scale as frequently; we’d see each other every week or so. The number fluctuations were minimal, normal is more like it: strong thighs made from barbell thrusters and toned triceps stood on the electronic measuring tool.
Then, with a decrease in intense exercise, I began to notice “lighter” numbers. I was pleased with it, too, as I didn’t feel it was an intentional effort. The smaller number triggered more frequent dates with the scale. It felt “too good” to be true.
Here I am – vulnerably making public – that I’m stuck in a bad relationship I want out of. If only I could tell myself that that darn number is not symbolic of my worth, that my real boyfriend will love me 0.8lbs. heavier on Thursday and 1.2lbs. lighter on Friday. If only I could convince myself that my capabilities are not determined by my gravitational pull; that my potential and talents are valid regardless of what size jeans I wear. If only I could assure my anxiety that carefree days are possible without a morning weigh in.
I’ve had enough of this twisted relationship. I know I’m not the only one who has tried to “kick the can” and quit said unhealthy habit. So, for me and for you (if you need it), I have a few tips to help break-up with the bathroom scale.
1. Get the scale out of site (out of mind)… better yet, throw it away! For some, the best method may be to quit cold turkey. Have someone hide the scale from you, or if you really want good riddance, chuck it in the trash/donate it.
2. Schedule scale “dates”. If #1 is too daunting, set a goal for yourself to only use the scale on specific days. Depending on your relationship, set a date for every other day; then, once per week… then twice a month, until maybe you get to the point of a healthier once a month visit. Perhaps, eventually, the only sight of the scale will be at the doctor’s office, once per year!
3. Change your routine. For me, weigh-ins are first thing in the a.m., stark naked. When my relationship “gets rough”, it becomes routine; one tip is to change up your routine, so it doesn’t evoke the habit. Do a five-minute workout or yoga sequence instead — your body deserves the TLC.
4. Focus on fit. How do your clothes fit? Is the scale showing a slightly larger number, yet your slimmer waistline requires a belt these days? Feeling confident in your wardrobe should be the goal, as should feeling proud that you ran longer or faster, or that you were able to lift heavier weight than you did a month ago.
5. Keep a journal. It’s common knowledge that the number on the scale is a poor measure of health. Rather than giving power to the scale on how you feel for the remainder of the day, keep a journal of your physical and emotional feelings — was I tired, energetic, happy, bloated, sore from that workout, etc.? Don’t let a stupid measuring device determine the happiness of each innocent day.
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What kind of relationship do you have with the scale?
What are your tips for ending an unhealthy relationship?