Ladies, it’s time to breakup with that heartbreaker that you have kept in your life for far too long. Just like a bad boyfriend who you can never quite get out of your brain, your scale is nothing but a letdown.
The comparison between a bad boyfriend and your bathroom scale might seem like a silly one, but think about it! You know you deserve better that what it tells you. It tries to influence your self-worth, even though you know you are better than just what it says. It can make you feel on top of the world, or it can put you in a dark hole. It lies to you (and you know it!) but you still believe it. It is seductive, and makes you feel obsessive. You know you shouldn’t keep it around, but there is some kind of comfort with keeping your relationship going.
Starting to sound familiar? It is a battle that many women, especially athletes, face constantly. Health and fitness magazines are filled with articles titled, “Lose Five Pounds This Week!”, “Why You Aren’t Losing Weight”, and “The Miracle Diet”. We read them, instantly feel motivated about the ten pounds we need to loose (10 pounds that we didn’t know we needed to loose before reading the article), and start planning our grocery list and workout schedule for the week. Turn the page and the next article is all about loving yourself and, “How to be Comfortable at any Size!”
We are constantly being told to lose weight, and that we are beautiful just the way we are. So, which is it? Well…why don’t we let the scale be the one to tell us? It is an objective measurement of our bodies, so it is obviously the best way to tell if our day is going to be a good one, or an awful one.
It’s time to do what you know you should have done years ago and get that no-good piece of plastic out of your life. Overall healthy living is a balance between healthy eating and physical activity. Overfill the (metaphorical) balance scale on one side and you tip the equilibrium between the two things. There is no third spot for a bathroom scale. If you do try and add it in, the beam is instantly thrown off center because it is being influenced by something that does not belong.
The constant bombardment we receive about weight loss and exercise has falsely led up to believe that achieving and (more importantly) maintaining a healthy weight is practically impossible. It requires constant calorie counting and daily, excessive exercise to achieve. LIE. The truth? Achieving your “ideal”, “goal”, “healthy”, or “happy” weight should be effortless. Your ideal weight is something that you should be able to maintain within plus or minus one pound per year. Granted, we all have fluctuations but deviation from our ideal point should be minimal when things are in balance.
Ok….maybe “effortless” is not the best word. We all know how “effortless” eating half a container of ice cream, or multiple slices of pizza can be, right? There is some effort involved in achieving a healthy weight, mainly in the form of self-control and motivation. As long as you have these two things, you are on the path of attaining freedom for your weight worries. It is simple science that calories in MUST equal calories out. That’s it. No “superfoods”, “target training” or “cleanses” involved. Eat whole, nutrient-dense foods 80-90% of the time (the remaining percentage can be used for the aforementioned pizza and ice cream), and exercise, for the purposes of health and weight maintenance, regularly. Keep your health and positive goals in mind and ignore the rest.
Eat healthfully and exercise regularly. If you do this instead of dieting, restricting, calorie counting, binging, purging, over-exercising and cleansing, you WILL reach your “happy weight”, and you will finally experience what it is like to live your life free from the constant struggle with the scale. The body you achieve then will be your own. It might not be the body you want, but it is the body you have, so you might as well be content with it. Being unnaturally skinny for your particular body is not a happy, great or wonderful thing when you don’t have any energy to fill your life with joy, or to run your heart out. Sure, you might be a few pounds heavier and a few seconds slower in the end…but let’s face it, not many of us the slightest chance at being a professional athlete, and so is that really such a terrible thing?
Embrace the body you have, and live for your health.