The best (and one of the hardest) decisions I've made is to stop weighing myself each morning. It's a ridiculously difficult habit to break.
We all know that there's a million reasons why our weight fluctuates day to day; too much salt, not enough water, hormones, a night of martinis and cheeseburgers. Yeah, yeah, we KNOW it will fluctuate, but it's a little like the thrill of gambling - excitement and confidence when it says what we want and discouragement and self criticism when it doesn't.
There have been days when I would wake up feeling great, weigh myself and immediately feel let down over ounces of change in the wrong direction! My clothes would feel fine, but even before I had coffee there was one more thing to worry about. The scale, a battery operated piece of equipment was dictating how I felt day to day.
Almost two years ago, I completely changed my eating habits (also a great decision, yet not half as challenging) and got rid of 30 yo-yo'ing pounds. Once at maintenance the scale would fluctuate, a little. Yet, a little was enough to make a difference in how I felt. The more I checked, the more I had to keep checking. It felt great to wear anything I wanted in my closet and wear one consistent size of clothes, so why have the scale chime in at all?
I was challenged to stop weighing myself for a week and see how it felt. I had my nutrition in place, a safety net program to fall back on and a pair of jeans that became my source of reference if needed. That week has turned into 19 months of maintaining without weighing myself.
Here's what I found:
Try an experiment, STOP weighing yourself for a week and see if there's a change inside. If you need a nutrition program, get one, but please step away from the scale.
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