By now I’m sure you can see that completely boycotting diet culture is the only way to make peace with food, and come home to your body.
We’ve been tackling some pretty important topics this past month like:
- How to Know if You’ve Hit Diet Rock Bottom
- Why it’s so hard to let go to the idea of losing weight…thanks to the Religion of Thinness
- And How to give up the day-to-day food tracking by Setting Yourself Free From the Numbers Game
But just incase you needed some more convincing, I thought I’d also bring up that big old hunk of glass and metal that’s sitting on your bathroom floor.
You got it.
You had to of known it was coming!
Put it this way…
The same way that you’ve been looking for validation outside yourself when tracking calories…
Well, your scale is causing the same disillusion.
In order for you to heal your relationship with food and your body, you absolutely have to get rid of ALL the tools and ideas that have kept you stuck in believing that you’re a failure if you can’t stick to a diet.
And just like counting calories or food tracking… the scale is the biggest culprit in you believing that.
I’m telling you…this is a mega body freedom life hack.
So let’s not waste any time, and dive straight in shall we?
Why Breaking up with Your Scale is the Single Most Important Step to Healing Your Relationship with Food
Let me ask you something really quick.
When you step on the scale each morning… how accurate do you think that number is really?
Does that number know it’s your monthly cycle and you’re retaining fluids?
That you’ve been having some digestive problems, and haven’t seen movement in a couple of days?
Or what about the fact that you’ve been building muscle from lifting weights, or intensifying your workouts?
It doesn’t measure any of those things.
And it definitely doesn’t tell you that your body could very well be changing from you gaining muscle, or losing fat.
All it tells you is how heavy you are.
Which is pretty bias if you ask me.
This is really important.
How many times have you woken up and immediately hopped on your scale, just to wait and see if you were going to be deemed as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ person that day?
My guess is too many to count.
And I mean… I know you likely don’t think of it that way…
But isn’t that what we’re doing?
No matter which way you spin it, you are not a ‘good’ person if the scale went down…
…AND you’re definitely not a ‘bad’ person if the scale went up.
Regardless of what mixed messages diet culture is feeding you, the number really doesn’t mean anything at all.
No scale, no matter how fancy it is, is going to tell you how great of a mother, how loving of a wife, or how funny, smart, nurturing, strong, generous, wild and beautiful you are.
For the love of sisterhood and all that is great in the world…
We’ve gotta stop allowing nothing but a hunk of glass or plastic to run our day!
Just because it says you went up on the scale that doesn’t mean you have to opt for a salad at lunch or skip out on the popcorn at the movies.
Don’t you dare give the scale that kind of power!
Because by giving it all that power, you’re also allowing it to disconnect you from what your body is actually feeling! 💖
Which in reality… is what this is all about, isn’t it?
We get started on this crazy weight loss, diet-binge cycle all because we want to FEEL a certain way.
You can lose all the weight you want, but if you don’t feel good by the end of it…
…what’s the point right?
Which brings me to my next point…
The scale not only takes away your power but it also completely blind sides you.
But here’s the thing that so many disconnected dieters forget when they start to track and monitor their results in getting healthy.
All of their attention ends up being focused on the scale, which means they completely forget to look at the results that will actually bring meaning to their life.
A number tells you very little about what’s going on with your health when it comes to sleeping better, having good digestion, experiencing balanced hormones, feeling an increase in energy, being less moody, or just feeling happier overall!
And above all else, the most detrimental part of using a scale is that…
Numbers don’t create room for any flow.
And when you’re constantly comparing yourself to a number of the past…
…that’s going to leave very little room for you to accept this new, forever evolving version of yourself.
Put it this way.
That number represents the person you were before you had your kids, before you started college, traveled the world, or became an entrepreneur!
And a hell of a lot has changed since then!
Which means you can’t be comparing yourself to a number that represents the old you.
Whether that was 5 years ago, a year ago, a week ago, or even yesterday!
Constantly thinking and comparing yourself to that specific number hasn’t brought you freedom yet– so why bother holding onto it?
Just like anything else in life, we will never get where we want to go by constantly looking back in the rearview mirror.
It’s time to look forwards my girl.
There’s so much left in front of you! 💫
Now I know what you might be thinking…
‘But Sairah, I use my scale to help keep me on track! What if I get rid of the scale and end up going overboard?!’
Trust me… I’ve been there.
I pretty much slept with my scale.
It was my comfort blanket for yyyy-ears.
Heck, when I was working in the weight loss industry I had 2 scales in my office!
So if anyone gets get’s it, it’s me.
I know how much resistance will come up around this, and you might even want to ignore this whole idea altogether.
Telling yourself you’ll be fine, and you don’t have to do this…
But believe me when I say…
There’s just no way around it.
When I went backpacking across Australia 2 years ago, I was forced to let go of my scale.
And guess what?
I didn’t gain a ton of weight or lose it.
But I did stop worrying about that damn number.
Instead, my energy and attention became focused on how strong my body was when I was climbing mountains, touring around and sightseeing.
I was also finally able to pay attention to the foods that made me FEEL good.
And this was only the beginning.
So if you’ve been struggling to find freedom with food and your body, or you’ve been weighing yourself compulsively…
Then it’s time to break up with the scale.
And the best way to do it?
Well, just like any other addiction… is to go cold turkey.
So whether you toss it out in the trash, put it in a box that you can’t reach, or even just take out the batteries…
You’ve just gotta do it!
If you are ready to break up with your scale and make other bold moves towards ditching diet culture then take this quiz to help you get started!
It will help you to see where you’re at on this road to ditchin’ diets and give you some direction on what you can focus on next.