Today is the first day of my year-long project: The Scale Diet. As of today I am focusing on health instead of weight. I am focusing on happy instead of “not good enough.” I’m focusing on me, my children, my wonderful husband, my rewarding career, my exceptional family, and everything else in my life that is good. I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified. Being without my scale is like being a teenager: I have more freedom than I know what to do with, and I’m really afraid I will use that freedom for evil.
Recently, a friend and I had a small debate about whether or not this was a good idea. She’s concerned for my well-being, she’s concerned that no scale means a year of gluttony and that I will slip backwards into fat like it’s an invisible hole in the earth threatening to swallow me at any moment. Here was what I told her, and here is what I tell you:
I have been overweight for most of my life. Yes, I’ve had some success, but for the most part I have always struggled, and that struggle has impeded my happiness. I am turning 35 in less than a month, and I’m tired of answering to a scale. I’m tired of not living my life, the one I have-which, coincidentally-is the one I always dreamed of. When I was single, I dreamt that my life would consist of two little brown-haired girls and a fulfilling career that involved writing. That’s all I ever wanted. Now I have it. And I plan on enjoying it, fully.
So I’m giving up my scale. I choose instead to live a healthy lifestyle, to make the right food choices, to exercise regularly, and to not care what society thinks of me. Here is the video, I hope you enjoy it!