I have a confession to make. I fell off the healthy eating wagon. My life and my schedule were upended and, without the security of that structure, I returned to bad habits. I even cancelled appointments with my nutritionist to avoid having to face her and the scale.
But… I picked myself up, put my big girl pants back on (literally and figuratively), and faced my fear head on.
It’s been 2 weeks since my last appointment. I haven’t been perfect, but I’ve been better. I’ve been making healthier choices, and I’ve been walking almost every day.
And the damn scale isn’t moving!
It’s beyond frustrating to know that you’re doing everything you can and results aren’t coming. It’s almost enough to send me on a Target run for a jumbo bag of Hershey’s Kisses.
It’s incredibly frustrating to know that you’re doing everything you can, but you’re not seeing the results you want. Truth be told, not seeing immediate results is why I’ve failed at so many diets and exercise programs in the past. If you’re a serial dieter, you know what I mean.
But I have some news for you. And me.
The number on the scale does not reflect your self-worth. It’s a number. A single measure of a single thing on a single day.
Think about all the other ways you can measure your progress.
The other day I noticed that I had to tighten my belt an extra hole. I have more energy. My skin looks better. I sleep better. I don’t have crazy, intense cravings for junk food any more. I’m even starting to look forward to my daily walks.
You see, sometimes the scale lies. You’ve heard the saying “There are 3 kinds of lies; lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Well, I’d add one more. The scale.
So if the scale isn’t telling you what you want to hear, listen somewhere else. Listen to your pants. Listen to your heart that stays a little calmer as you go up a flight of stairs. Listen to your friends as they tell you look great.
Screw the scale.