Everyone owns a set of scales sometime during their lifetime.
When I first was on my weight loss journey a decade ago, my scales were everything.
I would measure all my food, and I would weigh myself every few days.
How else would I know if I was losing weight without the scales?
That is how easy it is to become obsessed with scales.
So when my scales died a few years ago, I didn’t bother replacing them. While they were a valuable tool in my health and fitness journey, I knew it was time to rely on my judgment.
Not having scales was beneficial for my mental health, and I built a happy life without the unhealthy obsession.
I have access to scales now and weigh myself every few days. I look at the number and I think to myself
“Matilda, seriously, you have not been this weight since before Kayla was born”.
Kayla was born 15 years ago.
Yes, I know I have put on weight. I know this because my clothes are getting tight. I do not need the number on the scale to tell me that I have put on those COVID kilo’s.
But, at the same time, I think to myself
“Matilda, look at what you have achieved in the last 10 years, hell, look at what you have achieved in the last 3!”.
The number on the scale doesn’t define me. I am more than that number.
- I can run, marathon’s and ultra’s
- I am strong
- I lift weights
- I have a great relationship
- I have two wonderful kids
- I love exploring the outdoors
- I love going on adventures
- I love learning more about myself and my limits
My health and wellness journey has evolved over the last 10 years. I have learned so much in that time.
Just last week, I was looking at my strength program, and it had exercises I’d never done before.
It really put me out of my comfort zone, but I did it, and I will do it again.
The number on that scale doesn’t define who I am. I am more than that number. I am me.