Yes, you read that right! I stopped weighing myself in 2019, and I’ve never felt better about my health. Surprised? Let’s talk about why I no longer weigh myself and why a scale-free lifestyle might be the right choice for you, too!
Health is vital, and it is measured in many different ways. Our stamina and endurance levels tell us a lot about what our bodies are capable of doing. Health can be measured by patterns in our energy levels and the clarity of our skin. We can also make connections between fitness and mobility. Self-esteem is a significant factor that affects our health as well.
All these topics are more valid indicators of health than a number on a scale. Yet, we more often talk about pounds and ounces than we do anything else. This year, I began listening to my body instead of focusing on the numbers on the scale.
I hope that my journey helps and encourages you to holistically view your health.
1. My worth is not defined by the scale.
Our world encourages us to compare our bodies with ideal shapes and sizes. We have come a long way with body acceptance, but there’s still a lot of change to be made!
The most powerful change starts with me and you.
I am worthy in the body I show up in every day.
How does that affirmation make you feel? It’s a powerful thing to believe.
It’s damaging to tie your worth to something that fluctuates every day (or every hour!). You can never fully control your body’s inner workings. Which means you can never fully control the number on the scale!
No matter what the scale says, the PERSON you are is far more important. She deserves your love and attention. How she feels and what she needs is more powerful than what she weighs.
2. It’s not good for my mental health.
As mentioned above, the comparison game is always damaging. You will never get where you want to go by comparing yourself to others. Comparison will never help you love yourself more. It’s a dangerous trap that leads to anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
I know that weighing myself frequently is dangerous for my mental health. On bad weigh-in days, I am more tempted to binge eat. Negative thoughts begin invading. The number isn’t what I thought it would be. Why even try?
But, paying attention to the positive changes in my health makes me happy and excited. It’s easier for me to love my body when I focus on its capabilities, rather than its weight. See the difference?
3. My weight ≠ my health
Slender and healthy are two very different things. In reality, the number on the scale has very little to do with my actual health. This is because the body operates as a whole, so my whole health is a much broader picture than just my weight. Things like my energy levels, mobility, and stamina play a big part in my health.
Just because a person is smaller or bigger does not mean they are healthier than the next person. For a full picture of your health, I recommend speaking with a naturopathic doctor. Natural medicine doctors view the body as a whole organism. They use many factors to get a full picture of how healthy you are.
4. The scale is rarely wholly accurate
As I mentioned above, your weight fluctuates every hour. Not just every day. Every. Freaking. Hour. Water weight is a significant variable in your weight at any given moment. If you’ve been exercising, your muscles are likely weighed down by extra lactic acid. And then there’s your period, and ovulating, and hormones! What isn’t affecting your weight? All the more reason I stopped weighing myself!
Sometimes, the scale just isn’t accurate because it’s a faulty machine. You can put two scales next to each other, weigh yourself, and get two different numbers. In this case, it seems a bit silly to beat ourselves up about half a pound of weight.
“Always subtract 5 pounds when weighing yourself. A woman’s boobs and brain should never count against her.”Anonymous
5. Weighing Myself Robs My Joy
It’s hard to stay positive when you feel like you’ve failed. I know I am immediately disappointed if I don’t see the number I was expecting. When this happens, I do one of two things. I beat myself up and eat less, which is not beneficial for my self-esteem. Or, I give up and binge eat, which is not healthy for my mental or physical health.
When I allow the scale to determine my mood, it takes away from the exciting lifestyle changes I am making. I stopped weighing myself because it stopped me from believing that I could make changes in my life. The number never seemed to move the way I wanted it to.
Because of this, I felt powerless, and that’s a dangerous feeling. Belief is the most essential tool in becoming healthy. You have to believe in your body’s ability to change. If you don’t believe in your ability to change your story, you’ve already lost the battle.
When I stopped weighing myself, I started believing in myself again. My vibration was higher, so I had more energy. I started noticing how strong I was rather than how much I weighed. Seeing improvements in my body motivated me to push harder and eat healthier. What a mindset shift!
Progress Pictures Are Your Best Friend
You need some way to document your health journey for motivation and accountability. My suggestion? Progress pictures! Weekly pictures are a great way to chart your progress. They help you see changes that you didn’t even know were taking place!
On my hardest days, my progress pictures were what kept me going. They were a great visual for where I had been and how far I had come, rather than a meaningless number. By reviewing my progress pictures, I learned how to appreciate and love my body (imperfections and all!). Seeing my weaknesses become strengths made me fall in love with my own capabilities. I have so much gratitude for my health and fitness that I never had before.
Please know my decision to stop weighing myself is a preference that works best for me on my health journey. You must make the best decision for your body, mind, and health. I am here to support you and answer any further questions you might have.