Your Scale: Do you want a sabotage side with that?

Do you feel compelled to weigh yourself all the time because you are overweight? Are you sick and tired of your scale telling you how you are entitled to feel and what kind of day you are going to have?

I bet depending on the number displayed; You will want to celebrate or commiserate. I have news for you. Your scale is not your horoscope. And it’s about time you took back your power over this miserable piece of junk. This is why:

Your thinking body and the mind/body connection

Most overweight people would use a stack of bibles that you have to weigh to check your progress. For years I agreed with that belief until I became a professional empowerment coach and began studying what is known as the mind/body connection.

Simply put, anything that affects your mind affects your body and vice versa. Let’s say you love cookies and someone offers you a full plate of all your favorites. Just the mere thought of eating them will instantly make your mouth fill with saliva. This is an example of your mind and thoughts affecting your body.

Why your scale could be sabotaging your progress

Have you ever tried on a pair of too-tight pants and immediately felt bad about yourself? Isn’t that the quickest route to a binge? This is your body affecting your mind. Scientific research has shown that there is a complex system of communication that occurs constantly between the mind and the body. This happens behind the scenes without you being aware of it. Scientists have isolated neurotransmitters (chemical messengers of thought) and discovered that they are in every cell in our bodies. That means your body and mind are always on the alert, patiently waiting for you to give orders. The things you say to yourself will determine how you feel and what you do.

As dieters or weight control people, we tend to think of ourselves as fat and learn all the habits and mindsets that reinforce our belief that we have no control over food. This is called the diet mentality.

Free yourself from the diet mentality by listening and respecting your body

Since August 2006, I have committed to changing many of my weight-watching habits and learning to live, eat, and think like a naturally thin woman.

My experience has taught me that if you want to lose weight, you have to start listening to your body, not the scale. You must learn to master your relationship with food. The problem is not what you are eating, but what is eating you!

Constantly checking your weight on the scale makes you think like a fat person and you can’t be skinny if you’re thinking fat. Naturally thin people never weigh themselves and therefore probably have no idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtheir weight. This is because they don’t trust an outside authority to tell them how to control their eating. They have a healthy, calm and relaxed relationship with food and trust their bodies to tell them what to eat.

My experience as a former Scale Hopper

For years, I had a bathroom scale inside a large dresser in my bathroom. Every morning, before I got dressed, I would get on the scale and weigh myself, and then I would empty my bladder and start all over again. It was a maddening, insane cycle that kept me feeling terribly ashamed.

One day, when I was living in my own little world guilty of obsession with scale, I was presented with a great opportunity to speak at a networking event to introduce myself to other female entrepreneurs in my local community. It meant stepping out from behind the safety of doing teleclasses and phone coaching, and introducing myself in person as The Juicy Woman.

But I knew I wasn’t on top of my game. The night before I had eaten more than I wanted and my body felt bloated and fat. Normally I would be much more confident, but because it had been a while since I had spoken live, I was nervous and upset, afraid that the women would judge me as a big fraud. After all, most people would think that a plus-size woman has no right in the world to call herself an expert on body image and self-esteem. She just doesn’t work for a lot of people and that morning, she didn’t work for me either.

While I was getting dressed for the day, I made this incredibly stupid deal, borrowing myself to get on the scale. That’s how it was.

“Andrea, you have nothing to worry about, honey. We’re just checking here. What’s wrong with knowing? Knowledge is power. Right? As you’d expect… What’s the problem? No matter what I say scale, it won’t matter, because you’re stronger than that. After all, you live and breathe this stuff. You teach it all the time. You already know how your thoughts affect your body, so you’re not going to let that happen, are you?

When I gently stepped on the smooth surface of the scale, I swore up and down that no matter what happened, I could handle it. But once I looked down and saw the number that showed the weight gain I was already expecting, I was toast. I just couldn’t handle the pressure. I stepped off the scale and could feel the wave of sadness and disappointment wash over me as tears welled up in my eyes. Seeing my reflection in the mirror, I knew there was no way I could go to that meeting. He had lost the magic. Juicy Woman had left the room.

I have since learned to overcome these kinds of sabotages and upsets using a simple tapping process called the Emotional Freedom Technique. I’ll show you everything another time. But for now please learn from my mistakes.

Now I’m actually sharing this with you so you can get a new way of thinking about your scale. I’m not suggesting you use it for target practice like one of my former clients, but I do want you to be aware of how it has the potential to really affect your day unless you can put it in the proper perspective. Here are some facts that will help you put it where it belongs:

Scales are not always reliable: Weighing yourself on a scale does not accurately measure your progress. Scales only measure the pull of gravity on mass. A typical bathroom scale will not effectively display the size or density of the mass it is measuring. A pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same. But they look very different.

weight fluctuates: It is natural for your weight to go up and down all the time. It can vary as much as ten pounds up or down, depending on the time of the month, water retention, hormones, environmental factors, and even atmospheric pressure.

Scale stress: Weighing yourself is a common form of self-sabotage as it is a way of creating stress in your body, which re-hooks you into the diet mentality, constantly reminding you that you are still overweight and that will always make you feel terrible. .

Take it easy: Most importantly, take it easy. It is not easy to change. To avoid the natural resistance that comes with wanting to make any change in your life, it’s best to be as kind to yourself as possible. Take my advice and stay away from the scale.

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