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let's talk about the 'sad step'

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The sad step being the weighing scales.


I am someone who passionately believes that scales are a spawn of Satan. I mean, what good actually comes from them? More often than not, people get fixated on what they see on the scales, rather than the bigger picture. Which in turn can lead to an unhealthy obsession with 'losing weight' or having a 'goal weight', and an unhealthy relationship with food and themselves. Trust me, I'm talking from experience.

What you weigh doesn't necessarily effect how you look. Two people, both the same height/gender, could weigh 10st, but their bodies will look totally different - no two bodies are exactly the same. We all carry weight in very, very different ways. I am not at my lightest weight (by far) and nor am I at my heaviest weight, but when I see myself, I am the smallest/leanest I've ever been. If I was to go by the scales I'd have a full meltdown at the fact I've put on weight. But weight isn't all bad and I think it's about time we all realised that.

And this is exactly why I don't believe in weighing yourself. If I was to weigh myself (specially during/after a recovery of an ED) I would freak the hell out. I'd go back into a dark place where everything would be controlled and unhealthy. I'd never be able to see myself for what I actually am. I wouldn't look at myself and think I look lean/slim/toned, I'd look at myself and see numbers, I'd think 'fuck I look 9st'. Numbers are nothing. They are absolutely nothing.

If you actually want to track progress, weight loss, weight gain, muscle development (etc) then honestly, the best way to do it is to take photos. Set a time and a date every week to stand and take photos of your body, 1 month later you can see exactly how your body is reacting to the work you do, two months later you can see what is working (or maybe not working) for you. Because regardless of the scales your body can change dramatically. You can lose inches off your waist and still put on weight. See the bigger picture.

And I literally mean, SEE the bigger picture. Don't let the scales define you, or shit on your progress.
See your progress in colour, not in numbers.

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