What if I told you that for a mere 35 dollars there is an electronic device that you can buy at Wal-Mart that will define your self-esteem? Would you carefully scan the shelves for that device and proudly take it home to use regularly? Would you excitedly check it everyday?
It sounds rather ridiculous but that’s what a huge percentage of the women in North America do.
It goes like this…. I take a deep breath and step on the device and then look down. If I like a number that I see, I do a little happy dance! The number on the device tells me that I am valuable and my self-esteem is good for the whole day.
The next day I check the device again. But this time I don’t like the number. I stomp on the device, hang my head and say, “why bother….I’m done!” My self-esteem hits rock bottom in an instant and stays that way for the day.
Why do we let a stupid number on that device, the bathroom scale, have so much power? Yes, I said stupid! All that number does is tell you how much your body weighs at that moment.
That number does not reflect much about your true health. It doesn’t say anything about the little steps you are taking to be healthy.
*The scale doesn’t observe other changes in your health: that you are sleeping better, have more energy, are less moody, feel stronger and have fewer cravings.
*The scale doesn’t reveal that you are exercising everyday and have a healthier heart and more endurance.
*The scale doesn’t take into account that you ate a meal the night before that contained a lot of salt and you are retaining water.
*The scale doesn’t recognize that you are a woman and that your monthly cycle affects the number.
*The scale doesn’t identify that you have lost fat and replaced it with muscle.
*The scale can’t detect that your clothes are looser because you have lost inches.
*The scale doesn’t perceive that your body is well hydrated and nourished.
*The scale doesn’t know that you are walking closer to God and strongholds are losing their power.
*The scale doesn’t know that you are smart, creative, loving, nurturing, fun, attractive and sexy!
Instead of using the bathroom scale to define our progress on our health journey, let’s use other tools.
Get out your measuring tape once a week. Record your chest, waist, hips and thigh measurements. Keep a record over a few weeks and watch for the changes.
Another idea is to use a pair of non-stretch jeans as your guide; ones that fit well and you wear regularly. Try them on once a week and check the fit. If they feel just right then keep up the good work. A little snug, then make some little changes. Can’t do the zipper up, it’s probably hormonal, try again in a few days.
TODAY’S little STEP: Put the scale away! It’s a tool that we won’t use for a while. We don’t need the roller coaster of emotions that accompany each weigh in. Choose to use the measurements or the jeans as the tool that will assess our progress.
Remember you are a beautiful beloved daughter of the King and He establishes your value!
How do you feel about giving up the bathroom scale?