Just like most everyone else, I have grown up in a culture fixated on the importance of the number on the scale. Somehow I always believed the thinner I was and the less I weighed, the more popular I would be, the more successful I would be, the happier I would be. As much as we know this isn’t really true, many of us still believe it. We’re always looking to lose just a little more weight, and THEN our lives will begin.
No matter the number on the scale, I was never more popular, more successful, nor more happy. Life is so much more than a size or a number, and my life was passing me by.
Let go of preconceived notions of what you think you should look like or what you should weigh. Let go of the scale. Finding peace is learning to be mindful and present in the now, and seeking joy in experiencing life outside of the number on the scale. I’m not saying it is easy…it has been more than 40 years of black and white thinking for me, and it won’t change over night. Over time it is shifting, though, and I’m learning to live life in the shades of gray.
I’m learning to celebrate “non-scale victories.” Feeling gratitude for a body that allows me to fully experience the world through sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. Finding joy in the smallest of moments each and every day. Embracing my core values of faith, balance and growth and measuring my relationships, success and happiness by these things rather than the number on the scale. I am finally living my life a little more each day, and I’m grateful I didn’t wait until it was too late. It’s not too late for you, either.