My son called for his daily chat, a time I really look forward to. He says, “How was your day?”
Well I’ve had a lovely day. I got to go into the office, work with a team of 6 very smart people, we all got some great thinking and work done. I was able to join them in the lunch I ordered for us, and I’ve extremely been productive all day. What were the first words out of my mouth in response to my son’s question?
“Well, I’m still stalled.”
WTH?? That’s all I can think of to tell him about my day?? So he’s a very insightful smarty-pants and he says to me, “Mom it was one thing to rely on the scale when you could say ‘oh maybe I should cut down a bit tomorrow’ and use the scale to monitor and adjust your eating habits. But really, what role does the scale play in your life now??”
For a change, I was speechless. Well he wasn’t about to stop there. He carries on saying,
“Maybe you should ask yourself if it’s healthy to let what you see on a scale determine your feelings of success for the day? After all you’re doing what you need to, and you told me you were going to focus on process vs. the outcome. Would anything change in your process if you just threw away the scale for 3 months?”
No of course it wouldn’t but can i throw away the scale for 3 months? I cannot. Why? Because maybe I’m sick in the head and I associate my self-worth with success or failure at pounds lost. Not what I do to succeed, but whether the scale says I’ve lost weight today.
Unlike a lot of people here, over the last few years i could NOT lose weight. I could control my calories, my cardio-vascular health, what I put in my mouth, but I couldn’t control my weight. Yet I continued to judge myself by my ability to lose weight. Not by my ability to do what was healthy, but whether or not I could lose weight. I may have been sleeved, but apparently that way of judging myself still persists.
So really, if we are eating our protein, drinking our water, and exercising to the degree that we can, what role does or should the scale play in our lives when we’re trying to lose weight? Should we not focus on the process, monitor the crap out of the protein and water and calories, and let the scale go off on a long hike to TImbuktoo? And can we do that? Why not?