“My New Year’s resolution is to lose just enough weight so that my gut doesn’t jiggle when I brush my teeth.”
Weight can be a sensitive subject for most people. How often do you find yourself stepping on the scale? Daily? Weekly? Do you have it set up on a throne in your home, or is in secretly stashed under a pile of leaves like a trap in the swamp just waiting for some bait? Do not fall victim to your scale.
It is too easy to step on that scale, and depending on the results, you may find yourself letting that number impact your eating decisions for the day.
If you were to gain two pounds from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following day, that does not mean you should stop eating. It also does not mean that it’s a free-for-all since NOTHING works.
Weighing daily can be dangerous. Step away from the scale.
Rather than using the number on the scale as the only indicator of successful weight loss, pay more attention to how your body is feeling. Are you actually using the button and zipper on your jeans instead of keeping the barn door shut via rubber-band around the button (yes, this happens)? Or does it take one less hop than it did a few weeks ago to wiggle into those jeans?
The number on the scale can create shame, and your eating habits can be altered from feelings of shame. This, in turn, just creates more guilt from even further loss of control.
Again, step away from the scales.
This year, I challenge you to resolve to develop a healthy relationship with food and to explore the concept of self-acceptance. I would imagine that even if there is a little jiggle then, at least you can brush your teeth in peace. Happy New Year!