Growing up as a female we are continually hit with a multitude of media messages: If you want guys to notice you, you must invest time and energy into the way you look. You’d be happier if you just lost 10 pounds. The right hair and outfit will make you go far in life. You must wear make-up. If you don’t look like this celebrity or that model then something must be wrong with you and you must fix it.
Ladies, do you feel me on this? A majority of us spend our lives in this insecure mindset that our culture constantly reinforces on us. So it’s no wonder that we grow up not thinking but believing that the number on the scale- the exterior of ourselves- is who we truly are and where we get our value from. When we step on the scale in the morning, we pray for that “ideal” number that we have placed in our minds. If we don’t see that number, our day immediately turns into a bad one, our mood is directly affected, and our self-worth is immediately determined
… BY A NUMBER.
It is silly, isn’t it? When you really sit back and think about it, but that’s not enough for females to stop letting the scale take away their power. For every woman that I have come in contact with–the scale has been a 1-way ticket to poor body image. Our weight and it’s significance is just too ingrained in the female psyche.
Which is exactly why I don’t weigh myself every day. Heck, you’re lucky if you get me on a scale every week. I prefer stepping on twice a month, but only if I’m in the right state of mind.
So women, I challenge you to ditch the daily weigh-ins. I’ve established a different form of measurement– Ask yourself: How do you feel? Do you have more energy than you used to? Do you notice slight changes in your body? Do you feel tighter, more toned? What healthy foods do you like? What exercises do you love? What are you going to do today for your body? How are you going to show yourself some self-love today? These are the important questions to ask yourself. These are the things that you should be focusing on. These are the things you should measure. By doing this over time, I promise that you will see a better relationship between you and the scale.
When all is said and done, we really want to see more than that “ideal” number on the scale. We want to be happy. We want to be healthy. We want to feel good about ourselves. Honor those goals by loving your body, respecting your mind, and ditching any negative head-talk. Positive minds yield positive results.
YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN A NUMBER!