WHY THE BEST THING I’VE DONE WAS THROW AWAY MY SCALES

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!

 

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is the Founder of Glow For Life, with personal experience acting as the driving force for her passion to make a positive difference to the health and wellness of others.

Danielle tipped the scales at 30kg overweight in her childhood years and was a constant target for bullying. After making the decision to lose weight, Danielle moved to the opposite end of the spectrum, battling anorexia and bulimia for several years. Due to these early issues in her childhood she suffered from health issues later on in life like IBS, an underactive thyroid, nutrient deficiencies which lead to fatigue where she has spent countless hours and dollars with doctors, naturopaths and numerous allied health professionals trying to identify what was wrong.

After a lengthy recovery process, Danielle was able to build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image and made this a core priority in her life.

Unfortunately, a corporate career path with no passion or personal motivation caused Danielle’s priorities to slip, with health, fitness and attitude to life all taking a back seat.

The ‘Glow moment’ that Danielle had was a telephone call informing her that her mother was going to die. She was sick with jaundice, had a tracheotomy in her throat, was on a dialysis machine and her body was not receiving the nutrients required. The next day her father was admitted to hospital with renal failure.

Having experienced first-hand what can happen when you don’t prioritise health and wellness, Danielle knew it was her purpose to help educate and assist people to make positive changes in their lives to ensure that they are the ultimate version of themselves.

This was the catalyst for Danielle to quit her corporate career, study fulltime and begin her “Glow for Life” journey.

Since taking the plunge, Danielle has worked as a Personal Trainer at Soultrain in Woolloomooloo and as a Sport Massage therapist for the GWS Giants and worked with Julia Russell Massage therapy with such sports teams like The NSW Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and the NSW Cricket team.  She has just recently returned from spending time in New York training with some of the elite trainers at Equinox Greenwich in Manhattan and Celebrity Trainer from Muscle Manhattan, as well as training in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp,  with current Muay Thai champion fighters.

Danielle is currently working with individuals, couples and families as well as in the corporate space, promoting health and wellness in the workplace and in general life.