A scale is a tool or instrument that measures the weight of an object or person placed on its weighing platform. It can give you your weight at that moment in time in that position. Did you know if you step off some scales and then get immediately back on you may not get the exact same weight that you just weighed? Did you know that scales must be calibrated regularly in order to be assured the number they give you is correct? Did you know the surface the scale sits on can affect the way the scale weighs you and may give you an artificially low weight or, God forbid, an incorrectly high weight?
I have learned far too much about scales in the process of my weight loss journey. I know I still don't like stepping on them and the process of weighing still makes me feel small and insignificant. I also know the scale has no idea of how my day has gone or the week or even the month. It has no understanding of how it makes me feel every time I step on to it's platform. I sure wish I could kick it hard, really hard sometimes but the scale wouldn't feel that anymore than it would feel the joy I have when I see a weight I am pleased with. Why then have I let this cold, inanimate object become so powerful in my life? It knows NOTHING about who I am or what I have gone through to get to where I am today. I certainly am far more powerful than a number reflected by a piece of equipment! I have family and friends who love me just the way I am with all of my quirks and imperfections. I am strong and healthy. I have inner resources I never knew existed and I am braver and more courageous than I ever imagined. The scale can't tell me anything about who I am; who I have become.
Yesterday I typed "you are beautiful" into Google and hit search. I smiled as I opened the first hit that I clicked on. I am sharing it here:
Get Off the Scale
You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.
Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.
It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!
Quit giving the scale so much power! Don't let the number on the scale tell you who you are!