Saturday morning I woke up feeling great. I did a bootcamp class the evening before, felt strong, ate a healthy dinner, and loved the way my clothes were fitting and how my body looked. My self-confidence was at a high point. Then I stepped on the scale and saw that I had gained three pounds. I was crushed. I took out some measuring tape and noted that my hips, waist, butt, and thighs were not any bigger than they had previously been. In fact, some measurements were a bit smaller. I couldn’t get my weight out of my head and it took away all my confidence. At that moment I realized how horribly the scale affects my attitude.
I went from positive to negative in just minutes and absolutely nothing about my appearance had changed. I tried to talk myself up and say that the weight could be muscle, but this did not help. Had I really gained that much muscle lately to account for that weight? This negative self-talk went on for a few minutes and then I realized that all my destructive thoughts came from a number on the scale. I could easily eliminate this problem by not weighing myself. Like I said, my clothes fit and I felt strong while working out. Who cares if the number went up? The only way I can get myself not to care about the number is to not know the number. So with this attitude, here I go: farewell scale, hello confidence.
Does the scale negatively affect your self-confidence?