Thursday, April 18, 2013

Q&A with Amy!

Q:     Why am I having a hard time giving up my scale?

A:  I know exactly how you feel.  I remember when I would weigh myself first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and if I had the time, throughout the day.

I find that looking to the scale for reassurance is a hallmark of eating disorder behavior.  For many, stepping on the scale is the compulsive response to anxious questions such as, “Who am I?  How should I feel about myself today?  What did I do to myself yesterday?  Was I good or bad?  Am I being punished?  Who will I be today?”

It took me many years to realize that the scale never did and never will answer any of those questions.  Goodness and badness are not determined by the number on a scale or the size of one’s jeans.  It also isn’t dependent on the quality or quantity of food you consume from one day to the next.  Feeling good about one’s self comes from being positively engaged in life – having meaningful relationships, work, and creative pursuits, and by being open to new experiences.  Can these things really be measured on a scale?

You are much more than a number of pounds.  Lose the scale.  Find your true self.

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