Not long ago, like clockwork, it was in my morning routine to jump on the scales and check my weight.
This became a massive problem for me. At the time, my diet was great; I was eating really well and foods that were nourishing me and my body. I was also exercising frequently and making sure I was keeping my body moving.
The thing was, none of this mattered. All that mattered to me was the numbers on the scales and the fact they were going down. I didn’t care that I was feeling great because I was feeding my body the right foods. I also didn’t care that I could move properly, freely and that my body was getting stronger. If those numbers didn’t drop each morning, my mood was a combination of anger, upset and defeat.
This unhealthy obsession with numbers and my weight on a set of scales was completely ruling my life. It wasn’t helping me achieve my goals, thrive or GLOW. It certainly didn’t determine my value as a person either.
I had become a prisoner to my obsession and my weight. So I did what I once thought was unthinkable. I took the plunge and threw away my scales. And it was honestly liberating.
Gone were the days where my emotions were based on my weight, or I would feel anxious at night, wondering if I would gain the next day. Instead, I focused on other things and found other ways to measure my success, health and fitness that didn’t rely on my weight.
I recently had a DEXA scan which measures your body fat percentage and muscle mass. Since my last scan, I have gained 4kg of muscle and lost 2kg of pure body fat in the last 9 months. Yes, technically my “weight” has increased but my body shape has changed and I am stronger and happier than ever.
If I still had a set of scales and lived by those numbers, I would never have achieved this result. The fact I was able to free myself from this constant internal battle of how much I weighed allowed me to move for joy, strength and enjoyment and eat for nourishment and energy. It’s also managed to change my mindset.
A lot of people make the mistake of becoming obsessed with weight and are fixated on numbers.
To those of you that struggle with this, I DARE you to throw out the scales and stop weighing yourself. Weight doesn’t equate to health, happiness, or the person you are inside. Now is time to set yourself free!