Are scales still defining you?
Recently at a corporate wellness workshop I held up a set of scales and asked, "How many of you feel good when you see the number?". No one raised their hand.
How many of you have your routine of getting on the scales each day, then think things like, “Well…another 2kg, I should not have had that cake.” or “Guess all my working out hasn’t paid off, I am hopeless.”?
Do you ever get on the scales and feel satisfied?
Life without weighing yourself, could you do it?
This act of hopping onto a little white slab started long before we can remember so for many it will be a difficult habit to break. What if there were no scales? Could you gain your self worth from within? Even as innocent babes we are measured and weighed.
As a child I would go for my check up every year and the verdict would be the same. The doctor would say, “Well dear you are 10kg overweight for your height.” And after every visit I would leave feeling terrible. How could this be when I was so active? All of this is drummed into our heads at very impressionable ages. We are given a number which does not recognize a spectrum of unique bodies.
I strongly believe that weight is not the best indicator of our health.
How we feel is much more valuable.
My first job was at a Cardiac Rehabilitation centre where we trained those with cardiovascular disease alongside the healthy. The wonderful clients I had there taught me a whole spectrum of reasons to workout. To this day I do not know who learned more, the clients, or me! They showed me that being active is equally about mental, physical and emotional well-being. Some clients were recovering from heart attacks, some open heart surgery, others attended for general fitness programmes. All of these people taught me the importance of enjoying life, being active, eating well, (not dieting), and accepting yourself at any given moment. Many of my clients had faced death, and were no longer interested in how much they weighed, only how they felt. They knew each breath was precious. I discovered that the body, mind and spirit, are all connected, and all need equal attention. The worth of these three cannot be measured on scales.
When designing your balanced life the most important things are finding activities, an eating plan and life choices that make you happy. Discovering your balance of health and self-esteem comes together over time, it is a journey.
You will go through many dips, curves, and hills on your road to health. It is a daily conscious effort. Some days go well, others are a challenge. One of the keys to getting yourself to this better balance is not to beat yourself up if you have a chocolate bar, or a glass of wine, or if you do not go to the gym. To improve your overall well-being make changes slowly. Be kind to you. Choose activities that you love, eat well, get enough sleep and manage your stress.
For many, that little white box is the best form of torture I have ever come across.
Get rid of it and start your new life, knowing that health and self-esteem come from within.
What is your experience with using scales? How do you feel?
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