Why is weighing ourselves the first thing many of us think about when we wake up? We get out of bed and immediately find our scales to see what magical number will appear. We keep our fingers crossed that the number will be lower. As women, we put a lot of value and self-worth into that number. If it’s lower we give ourselves a pat on the back and our self-esteem is higher that day, but if our weight is up we suddenly feel like we’re losing control and need to work harder in the gym, eat less, and be more dedicated. Some of us even get so discouraged we want to burst into tears.
See how this can take a toll on your psychological health? I’ve been there and it’s not a healthy or sustainable place to be. I have changed a lot over the years and now I like to base my success on the following factors:
Something to keep in mind: your hormones, how hydrated you are, your daily stressors, activity levels, and genetics all play a part in your scale weight. It’s important to have a workout and nutrition plan created for your specific goals, lifestyle, and hormonal profile.
If you allow the scale to control your happiness for the day, you are setting yourself up for failure. Always remember, you are more important than any number that appears on a scale. Use the scale as a tool, but it shouldn’t be the most important factor when you’re evaluating how much progress you’ve made.