Just a Number on the Scale
What if the number on the scale didn’t mean anything?
It didn’t mean you were too fat or too skinny. It didn’t mean you were healthy or unhealthy. It didn’t mean you were more attractive or more beautiful. It didn’t mean you’ve been eating too much ice cream or you need to clean up your diet. It didn’t mean you were better or worse than the person next to you. What if? How would you feel?
After years of struggling with disordered thoughts about how that pesky number dictated my life, I broke ties with the scale. For good. I put the scale away and vowed to never step back on it. It has been LIBERATING.⠀
Before that day, I gave that number so much power over my life. I let it decide how I should eat, how much I should exercise, how I should feel, and how other people should perceive me. Heck, I truly believed that I would never find true love if I didn’t lose some weight first! ⠀
Since that day, I took away all power from the number. I decided that knowing how much I weighed served no purpose. I wasn’t healthier, more attractive, or happier because I knew that number. As soon as I took that number out of the equation of life, I began to love myself and my body more than I ever had before. ⠀
While I haven’t truly experienced life with an eating disorder, I know how easily the number on the scale can play a role in your mental and physical health and happiness. If you struggle with the scale, disordered thought patterns, or an eating disorder, I hope you know you are not alone.