There's something to say about weighing and measuring every week when you're trying to lose weight. It's a great way to track your progress and see the results you're getting.
But what happens when this becomes a source of unhappiness and misery? What happens when this causes stress and upset in your body?
For me, it did just that. I've never been one to weigh and measure myself. Ever. I wasn't a slave to the scale...instead, I focused on how I felt, how my clothes fit, and my progress at the gym. It wasn't a matter of what I weighed or how little I was. It was a matter of how happy I was...how healthy I was...how I was sleeping...how clear my skin was.
I'll be the first to tell you that it doesn't matter how healthy you eat...if you stress over weighing and measuring yourself, it actually has the opposite effect!
This ^^ was actually how I felt. Like I wasn't enough. Like I wasn't good enough. Like no matter what I did, if the number went up, I was a failure.
And that was NOT the case...at all. I was eating healthy, working out and hitting huge milestones at the gym, yet I still felt like a failure!! I still felt like I wasn't doing enough!!
I hated that feeling. I dreaded the weekly measuring and weigh-ins. I would be so hard on myself if the numbers changed or it was higher on the scale.
And for what?
Now I'm not bashing it or the effectiveness of this, but for me, it caused a lot of stress and unhappiness. And this spilled over into my personal life. I couldn't do it anymore.
Did it change the way I ate? A little bit. Did I stress about that? Yup.
But here we are, in the beginning of 2016, and I'm back on track. I know what foods work best for my body and have taken out the excess sugar (yay holidays!!). I'm feeling great and am loving the way I feel. I also am less stressed without focusing on the number on the scale!
** Caveat: I weighed and measured until I hit my goal...then the stress it created was too high whenever those numbers fluctuated even the tiniest bit.
But this^^ This is the beautiful truth! You. Are. Beautiful. No matter what that number is.
Always remember that.
With love and wellness,