Saying Goodbye to the Scale

I’ve been on my journey with Trim Healthy Mama for 16 months now!  To say I’m loving this way of eating is an understatement!  I feel sad for folks on calorie restricted diets.  I’ve been there in the past and it’s no fun.  I was constantly hungry and focused on each calorie I put in my mouth.  I think you can come to a boiling point of just wanting some good food and you blow it!  Just speaking from experience.  I’ve told you before that I’ve been on many diets in my lifetime!  My dieting career started when I was in Junior High.  After my last experience with Weight Watchers failed miserably, I stopped.  I was tired of counting points, calories and eating rice cakes!  My life became much harder.  I was sick, miserable, bloated, over 300 pounds, lethargic, high blood pressure, depressed, had infections and just plain uncomfortable in my own skin.   I could name many more side effects to the extra weight that I was carrying but, many of you may already know what those are.

I have another nemesis.  The SCALE.  This past 4 to 5 months my losses have slowed down.  My hormones were tested and my thyroid was the root cause.  I’m working with my doctor to get things back on track.  My nemesis, Mr. Scale has been a source of frustration.  I wanted to do so well each day, each week that I would always weigh myself to see where I was each morning.  I could tell many THM girls to weigh-in once a week but, I was not following my own advice!  I had a bad habit to break!  Can anyone relate?  I’m sure I’m not alone in my struggles with the scale.

bathroom-scales-make-you-cry

I recently asked a group of girls that follow along with me on Facebook about the scale.  Here are just a few of their thoughts….

  • a liar
  • It’s only a number, it does not define me!
  • RUN
  • the devil! (LOL)
  • disappointment
  • wretched thing!
  • justice
  • fickle
  • UGH

One of my sweet friends, Conney put a sticky note over her scale that says, “Monday” so she will remind herself to wait! I think that’s a cute idea. I know I’d be tearing off that sticky note and peaking…I know me!

I put my scale away.  I did!  I put it up in a cabinet so it’s out of site.  Now instead of waking up to see what the scale said, I just start my day.  Too often I let the scale dictate my attitude.  Too often I let that number on the screen start my day off on the right foot or with a negative tone.  How sad is that?  That number on the scale does not define me or who I am in Christ!

A huge part of the Trim Healthy Mama plan is freedom!  I am now finding freedom in a new area.  I am finding freedom in NOT weighing myself and knowing that this plan really does work!!  I will get to my goal when I get there and not one day before.  It may take me 5 years to reach my goal but, that is okay.  I am healthier than I have been in over a decade!  I am eating delicious food.  I am walking with my kids and working along side my family.  I used to merely sit and watch as I couldn’t keep up.  I am really LIVING!

Will I weigh myself?  Yes.  I am going to try to cut back to twice a month.  I also think it’s great to measure yourself.  Often times when I’ve not seen much action on the scale, I have seen inches melting away.

So, who’s with me?  Who wants to say goodbye to the scale and hello to freedom!

Join me on Facebook at  Home With a Purpose- Jen Griffin 

Recent Milestone Post:  75 Pound Goal!

 

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9 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to the Scale

  1. Wow, Jen, that sounds like major progress to me!!! Love it!! (p.s. you should join my linkup, it’s small and just starting, but I’d love to see it grow because I really believe in it). I’m also finding freedom in THM coming from years of restricting different groups and foods and making some foods “good” and others “bad”. I feel a lot freer now. 🙂

    ~Kelly
    http://www.leafynotbeefy.com

  2. I have struggled with the scale for longer than I can remember & I’ve never been a really heavy person. It’s had a way of deciding how I would eat that day & how my mood would be affected. Since I’ve been on THM since March I haven’t had that desire to obsess over the scale & I’ve let my clothes tell me how I’m doing. I have measured from time to time & that’s been really encouraging but it doesn’t gave the power that the scale did. For me THM is a way of life & not a diet. It’s nice to show my daughter that Mom is eating cleaner & healthier she’s not dieting & that I’m feeling better in the process. I’m so thankful that my friend introduced me to THM.

  3. The cartoon above is so true-my mother’s battle with the scale, her OTC appetite control pills, her small comments about my eating habits-they all have had a big impact on me and how a simple number on a scale can drive me crazy. I am so thankful for THM, I’m not only healing my body, but also my mind.

  4. My scale broke a couple months ago (it will do that when your two year old launches it a few times at his siblings :)…and I just didn’t replace it. Such a good idea! I also let my clothes tell me how I’m doing. I have used the scale at the Y, but I limit myself to once every two weeks. Keep it up! Feeling healthy feels so good!!

  5. Jennifer, I needed this reminder today. Last week one of my adult daughters pointed out to me that I have allowed my weight loss struggles to become a god in my life. That hit me right in the heart because it is so true. From the time I got up in the morning to the time I went to bed I had a record in my head playing “You’re fat” over and over and over again. I just started THM and am working on stopping that daily mental recording that’s been going on for years and years. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  6. Thanks for sharing that! That was me yesterday and today. I didn’t lose any weight this week and I felt defeated again. I thought what’s the use. So today for the first time in two months I broke down and ate a big fat cookie.
    (Talk about a sugar buzz!!! Didn’t care for that.) I like the fact that I’m not going to let the scale defeat me. In two months I’m down 18 lbs. so I know it does work.

  7. Funny to read this tonight. I stepped on the scale this morning and was up 4 lbs. Made me feel super defeated and like giving up. So I took the battery out =) (and will resist putting the battery back in tomorrow lol)

  8. I have to do two things to keep from cheating. 1) Take the batteries out of the scale so it’s not as fast and easy to weigh. 2) If that doesn’t work, I make my husband HIDE the scale from me and tell him when he’s supposed to give it back and to ONLY give it back then. LOL So if just putting it away wears off, now you have new tactics! This is coming from one scale junky to another. 😉

  9. This has been such an inspiring post for me. It came on a day I needed to hear this encouragement. Thank you! 🙂

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