I mentioned in this post about what a filthy animal the scale is and ever since then, I am realizing more and more the power that it had over me.


The last week has been pretty crazy, we had spring break, my sister and her two kids were here from CA, birthday party, and the 5th anniversary of my Dad’s passing.  My typical routine was to weigh myself in the morning before my shower, but I haven’t and it’s making a big difference in my day. This is a post for a different day, but I have serious mom guilt sometimes about taking any time for myself for exercise during the day and so I haven’t worked out in…yikes… I can’t even remember the last time.  In spite of all of that, I don’t have the compulsion to “punish” myself by restricting foods and on a quest to lose weight as quickly as possible.

By not knowing what the scale says, it is helping! I have been working on improving my body image issues – because I have a TON of them – and I have realized MY WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE ME, like it has for YEARS.

I want to be the BEST version of ME. Not what the world thinks I should be. Exercising because of how it makes me feel, not punishing myself and saying I HAVE to do it or I’ll never lose the weight. It’s exhausting calculating every thing that goes in my mouth, only working out if I have my heart rate monitor on so I can calculate every calorie burned. I’m done.

I will no longer be a slave to a number. I will no longer be a slave to numbers. The key to my happiness and my version of a healthy lifestyle is exercising hard, being active as a family (bike rides, walks, hiking, paddleboarding, swimming, etc.) and eating healthy foods, NOT as a punishment, but because my body runs better when I fuel it better.

Wow. This post went way deeper than I imagined when I started writing it this morning.  And, now I’m off. Time to get kids off to school, get me and the baby to the grocery store and home to tackle Mt. Laundry. Have a fantastic day!!!


  1. Ange @ Cowgirl Runs says:

    I’ve definitely had moments where my training is good, my eating is good, and then I step on the scale and it’s not at a number I thought it was at, and then I feel badly about myself. It’s quite silly, really, that we let some device define us.

  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors says:

    I tried so hard this year to not calorie count or stress about weight, and it’s really backfired – I’ve gained weight from lack of sleep and stress eating… ugh so now I’m back to being a slave to the numbers to try to get this weight off

  3. Ivanna says:

    Yes please don’t let the scale get you down. Our weight fluctuates so much depending on so many factors. The best think I think is to only weigh in every 7-10 days not every day. That stupid thing can kill your vibe for sure!

  4. MCM Mama says:

    Good for you for figuring out what works for you! I’m a scale user, but for me, it’s just a tool that helps me remember to keep my snacking in check, especially in the winter when many of my pants have some stretch to them. I’d rather have the early reminder from the scale than a sudden warm day where none of my shorts fit LOL.

  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says:

    So I had a very love/hate relationship with my scale for most of my life and then I stopped cold turkey weighing myself at all about a year and a half ago. I am soooo happy! I have never looked back. I know that I eat healthy and exercise everyday. Weighing myself is not going to change that. Good luck finding what works for you.

  6. Stephanie (@FitMomTraining) says:

    I have completely redefined my scale. Rather than use it as a gage of my worth, I use it as a tool. I don’t think much of the number on it anymore but I do use it when I’m distance training to ensure I’m hydrating properly. Too much weight lost pre to post run means I need to drink more!

  7. Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin says:

    I use to look at that scale on a daily basis too but I don’t anymore I feel good and it is just a number. I’m getting stronger and if that means a few more numbers on that scale then so be it. Your a beautiful person and don’t be a slave to that scale! 🙂

  8. ganeeban says:

    Good for your girl! If I wasn’t so cheap, I’d probably have a scale. So I just wait until I happen to be at the parentals and I weigh myself there, usually after a meal – which leaves me in a horrible mood too 😉 Ditch the scale and use your clothes as a measure…also how you’re feeling when you work out! Keep it up! xoxo, ganeeban

  9. Sandy says:

    Great post! It is amazing what that scale can do to us, isn’t it? Since starting Weight Watchers, I only get on the day of weigh in, sometimes the day before if I can’t wait. It does make such a difference in the day if I don’t start it by beating myself up about that stupid number. I hear everything you are saying in this post and have been there so many times. It can be so hard! Good luck!

  10. Rachel says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes! Oh how that blasted scale (filthy animal) can make or break me each time I step on it. It is just a number. I have found that I step on it less and less lately. and I am happier for it. 🙂

    • Jen@jpabstfitness says:

      Yes, I am almost a week strong and every day it gets easier and easier to not care about that stupid thing.

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