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Why I have decided to throw my scale away!

My word for 2015 is Nourish and the more I think about it the more I love it. Last year was the 3rd year I had a word and to be honest it was the first year that I took it seriously and actually lived the word.

Linked to my word is my need to nourish myself by accepting who I am physically! You would think at 36 years old this wouldn’t be an issue anymore but it is and I am tired of it being something that holds me back. This was also part of my acceptance last year and during our holiday in December I spent the a lot of time in my costume, I even wet on a water slide. 6 months ago I wouldn’t have done this, I have issues with being in my costume but I am getting over them, quickly.

As soon as we got home from our holiday I raced to jump on the scale to see how fat I had gotten. Fortunately my scale is broken because as I stood there I started thinking about how that line of thinking “how fat am I?” is NOT nourishing anything! So I got off, pushed it under the cupboard and decided then and there to not get it on again and here’s why!

1. It is demotivating. How many times have we eaten well and exercised and then we jump on the scale and it either says we have put on or lost nothing. That does not motivate me at all. In fact it makes me want to run out and shove all the Steers chips in my face because what difference does it make.

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2. Its not accurate. Of course it is accurate in that if it says 100kg I am probably 100kg BUT it does not necessarily mean that I have not lost weight/centimetres. Last year when I was doing the whole low carb thing with David I actually put on kgs BUT I lost centimetres, I know this because my clothes got loser etc but the scale still threw that horrible number out at me.

3. Does it really matter? I used to think it did. I used to think that getting to that magical number of 65kg was when life would begin. I used to think I needed to get there to be a healthy person. The reality is I don’t! I don’t need the approval of the scale. I am not linking my self worth to the numbers on the scale.

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So I have decided to stop checking my weight. I will know if I am losing or putting on – we all do, I don’t need a scale to tell me that.

Instead I am focusing on getting healthy by making changes in my diet, getting more active and generally just shifting the goal from reaching a number to reaching a lifestyle!

How important is the scale to you? What are your health and fitness goals for the year?

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. 13 January, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Yay you. I’m all kinds of jealous at your will power. This year I’m going to do my best to try and stick to some kind of exercise. Mostly I want to stop being in loathe with my body.
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  2. 13 January, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    It’s also better for my state of mind not to have a scale in the house. Well done for getting rid of yours! 🙂
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  3. 13 January, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    We have not had a scale in the house since my glass one broke two years ago. And yeah for you. BTW our words basically boils down to the same or similar.
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  4. Anita
    13 January, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    Oh Man I hear you! I stopped using the scale end of last year and haven’t been back at gym this year. We will see what happens, focusing on other things this year. I would though like to lose weight, lots of it but that is something for later!

  5. 13 January, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    What a divine post! Just what I needed to read after deciding to lost another 5kg and fighting with my scale because even after a week of eating well I have put on 1kg!!!

    My word is also NOURISH and the first person to be nourished is ME!

  6. 13 January, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    PS love the new look x

  7. 13 January, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Oh hell NO! I’m way too terrified of going back to 118kg’s, I’ll never break up with my scale, it keeps me perfectly in line.
    But good luck to you, I’m obviously coming at the scale issue from a totally different point of reference to you.

    • Laura-Kim
      Author
      13 January, 2015 / 6:00 pm

      Yes Sharon I totally get that. Also people who are goal driven need the scale – I get that and that works for them. It just really doesn’t for me and is actually making me more unhappy.

  8. MeeA Parkins
    13 January, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    I don’t own a scale and never have. But we’re also making dietary changes for various reasons. For me, it has nothing to do with weight loss or gain but is all about sustained energy and fighting autoimmune disease. For David, it’s about weight loss AND energy and avoiding foods that don’t agree with him. And I reckon it can’t hurt the kids to start developing a taste for healthier food while they’re still young…

  9. 13 January, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Good for you. I judge my weight by my clothes…. when they start getting a bit tight then I know to cut back on the chocolate. Whether I do or not is another story!! 🙂
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    • Laura-Kim
      Author
      13 January, 2015 / 6:00 pm

      LOL Di – that was me these holidays. The clothes got tighter but I kept on shovelling the cookies in 🙂

  10. 13 January, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    LOVE…LOVE…LOVE this post…and it reminds me that we have to really start living in the now…and not wait until we shed another kg or two. We are never going to get these moments back…never!

    Love your word for the year and no…I grew up in a house where my mom was absolutely obsessed with weight (and she was thin)…I never want to fall into that trap. My clothes tell me when I need to lose weight…and the mirror tells me when I get too thin and my face gets all gaunt.
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  11. Michelle
    13 January, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    I agree totally Laura ! Believe it or not I stopped weighing myself almost 4yrs ago after I had my twins ! I was also obsessed with a number exactly what you have written. So I can relate . I now maybe weigh myself once a year at my annual dr’s visit . I can honestly tell you it changed mylife and having not obese about a number. I have always believed in healthy lifestyle and exercise . And I can tell you without obsessing you actually loose your weight and maintain it better !!!

  12. 13 January, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Good for you. I haven’t owned a scale in years. I do understand that the scale works for some people but it (and going on diets) didn’t work for me. I weight less, am healthier, now that my focus is on eating healthy home cooked food and being more active and less on take out and salty/sweet snacks.
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  13. 13 January, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Love your perspective but for me, I super love my scale. It keeps me on the straight and narrow because when I stop weighing, I get “free” with the eating and before you know it, I’m back at W-L like right now. I’m also super goal-driven so there’s that. But as an S I just relate to facts better and seeing that number doesn’t tell me I’m worthless or whatever, it just means “you’ve been piling in the muffins/ cakes/ fudge and you need to stop”.

    I really like your new blog look – very clean!
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  14. 14 January, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Great post! My word is self love, for this exact reason. I refuse to spend ANOTHER year trying to lose that elusive 5kgs. It probably won’t happen and I will just get depressed about it. So I am going to spend this year embracing me for me.
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  15. 17 January, 2015 / 11:56 am

    I’ve never been one for scales. I know I’ve put on a lot of weight since the birth of my son. I belong to a mom’s on board group and at first it was quite intimidating, look at all these gorgeous women in their wetsuits, toned and fit. Most with more than one child. But I soon got over it and went out in my wetsuit, XXL size, and had an absolute blast! A healthy lifestyle does not always equate the “right” numbers on a bathroom scale 🙂

    Nourish is an encouraging word for 2015. All the best.

    • Laura-Kim
      Author
      20 January, 2015 / 10:57 am

      I agree Chevonne – you can be healthy without being a size 28!

  16. Julia
    18 January, 2015 / 8:44 am

    Yay you! Shayne and Sharon and I chatted about this very topic on twitter the other day. I used to have a scale. Then I became obsessed. I was weighing myself every single day AT LEAST 3 times a day. One day I came home and the scale was gone – my Boyfriend chucked it out. Since then I have been without it. Now I am considering buying one again but I am soooooo afraid of becoming obsessed, because you are right – the scale isn’t always accurate. It only shows how heavy you are and not how lean you are. I have a friend who doesn’t use a scale – she hasn’t used one in YEARS. She has what she calls a weigh pants. She fits on her weigh pants every 2 weeks or so. If it’s tight or if it can’t go over her hips or if it’s not closing then she knows that it’s time to knuckle down and eat better and intensify her exercise routine. However, most times, it fits her perfectly. She basically gauges her weight by how her weigh pants fits her. I think that THIS will be the option that I choose. But I’m still deciding.
    I find that the numbers make me VERY anxious. My health goals for the year are JUST THAT. Get healthy. Eat properly. MOVE. Stop with ALL THE PILLS. Hooking up with a homeopath soon – I want to stop antihistamines and ADs. Am already off the ADs.

    • Laura-Kim
      Author
      20 January, 2015 / 10:55 am

      HA! I actually have a pair of pants like that Julia!!!!!

  17. 22 January, 2015 / 10:39 am

    Shifting the goal from reaching a number to reaching a lifestyle! Love it, well said!
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