GooOOoOoOoooOooD Sweet + Crisp + Delicious Fall Morning, Pumpkins!
<Sigh> Thank you Mary, Jesus & Joseph, the steamy, sticky rain is behind us, and now, NOW we have one heck of a STUNNER DAY! WOOP!
I love it!
I LOVE it!!!
Makes me so happy inside! ...Am I the only lunatic so affected by the weather outside, or do you feel me?!?
Regardless, there ain't no shame here. I am a proud fall-weather-obsesser. Boo-yah! Ain't that the truth!
So you might notice that I flip-flopped today's scheduled agenda (cookie time!) with Thursday's agenda. The truth of the matter is, I'm waiting on my fresh coffee almond milk (compliments of OMilk) to be delivered later this eve, and without it, the gangster sauce boss of a cookie recipe I have in store cannot be made. So, I flopped. Simple as pie.
Instead, I'm going explain why, as a working health professional, I am not a fan of the scale.
Here's the problem:
There are SO many variables that cause a fluctuation weight - everything from weighing yourself in the morning versus the evening, gaining muscle (weighs more than fat!), consuming too much sodium, menstruation, delayed onset muscle soreness, illness, etc. - all of these things can affect what the scale will read. Our weight is always changing depending on the day, time of month, etc., and so, not considering these factors (among many) would be unfair. We must understand that our weight is inconsistent and inaccurate by nature. But, my beef with the scale lies in the fact that....
Weighing ourselves distracts us from what's important (the getting healthy process) and can breed an unhealthy relationship with our bodies.
Then why do we weigh ourselves?
Generally speaking, people like to "track their progress," if say, they have a goal to lose "x" number of pounds. They enjoy seeing a number countdown, I guess. But what about after that? What about if you're already healthy and happy? Why then, do you need to weigh yourself? And...even if you do have a goal to lose weight and get healthy, you mean to tell me that you can't tell whether or not your losing weight and inches without a scale? Please-You can tell by the way you feel, by the way your clothes fit and by the way you look, for Chrissakes! You don't need a scale to tell you whether or not you're getting healthier.
What's more is that almost always, some sort of negative response is associated with weighing oneself. You're either pissed off, frustrated, sad, embarrassed, discouraged, or unsatisfied because no change happened. Why subject yourself to that on a daily basis, when the reality is, it won't change a thing. You will still be the same person, with the same body, living the same life - and you can either stay positive and motivated to continue to get better and get healthier, OR you can let a number get the best of you and throw in the towel.
In my opinion, the scale is a bullsh*t way to "track progress," and actually ends up deterring you from getting healthy.
And here's a news flash:
Your weight will NOT make you a happier person. Just because you weigh less, does NOT mean that you'll be happier. I've seen far too many women believe in this and continue to torture themselves and live a miserable, albeit thin, life. Skinny does not equal happy, people!
The problem lies in the fact that when we weigh ourselves, we tend to place our value and measure our success on a number. And this is when we lose control. We fall victim to a number. A bloody number! The number on the scale takes control over us, our happiness and our motivation to get to where we want to be. When we become so fixated on how much we weigh, we usually end up taking an unhealthy route to maintain or lose. We lose sight of the long-term goal ---> which is usually something along the lines of getting to a happy, healthy place where we feel sexy and confident in our own skin.
And guess what?
A number won't get us there! A reason will! Don't lose sight of the 'why.' In any weight-loss or getting-healthy process, the focus and motivation to improve needs to come from a deeper place than that if we want to make long-term, sustainable changes.
What makes you feel good? Why is getting and staying healthy important to you? These are the questions to ask yourself.
Namaste. I've said my peace.
Wishing you ALL gorgeous, scale-trashing, days filled with LOVE!