What would life be like if good or evil was no longer associated with the scale? Imagine life where the number is just a number. The number is a guide post, a mile marker letting you know where you are in relation to your goal. Quite simply, are you close to your goal, or do you have a ways to go?
Anyone who has dealt with weight as an issue has a love / hate relationship with the bathroom scale. If my weight is up, watch my hair stand on end like I’m suddenly standing next to a Van de Graaff generator. If my weight is down, I instantly remember how to do cartwheels. Some of us DO have the opposite issue. Some of us are trying to GAIN weight. I know, in America this isn’t the most prevalent paradigm around the scale, but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge those dealing with being under-weight. Their struggle is just as emotional and challenging as those of us trying to lose weight.
I’ve tried ignoring the scale, and that didn’t work. I wound up achieving the highest weight of my adult life using that approach. I began to realize that the number on the scale was setting the tone for my entire day. I would have a “good” day if the scale was down, and a “bad” day if the scale was up.
I finally had to come to terms with the scale. The scale is just data. The data tells me that if I decided to have “a little extra” over the weekend, that “little extra” showed up on the scale. It reminds me that the decisions I make with food have consequences. It’s not something I have to turn into a life-or-death decision every time I pick up the bottle of salad dressing, but I can use this to remind myself that two tablespoons of salad dressing is fine … four tablespoons (which doesn’t sound too bad until I realize that’s a quarter of a cup of liquid) is a bit too much.
What is your relationship to the scale? What would the world be like if we could revolutionize our relationship to the bathroom scale? Please comment and let me know what you think.