It can be hard to approach the scales, especially after a week of eating poorly. Some people even allow the numbers to ruin their diets completely. Instead of letting a number on the scale determine your future, why not approach the scales with a positive attitude? A positive attitude can help you overcome any bad changes on the scale. Thankfully, there are simple tricks you can use to stay positive.
Remember That the Number Does Not Define You
A number on a scale is simply a number. While it does give you a closer look into your health, it does not define who you are as a person. If the number is not to your liking remember that you can always change it. More importantly, the number does not mean that you are a different person. While your looks can change, you are still the same person inside. Approach the scale knowing that you are and always will be the same person even if your outside changes and that the people who can’t accept that do not need to be a part of your life.
Realize That Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight
I often have to remind myself of this simple statement and realize that I did not put my weight on overnight. Thus, it will not come back off overnight. When you approach the scale, remember that losing weight will take time. An average loss of 1-2 pounds per week is what doctors recommend for healthy weight loss. This means that it could take over a year to lose 100 pounds. Be optimistic and congratulate yourself for the work you have done and what you have lost, even if it’s not as much as you had hoped.
Understand That You Can Change That Number
Before you hop on the scale, remember that by doing the right things, you can change the number on the scale. Sometimes the number going up after a bad week is a good reminder that bad choices will negatively affect your weight. Instead of letting the number discourage you, understand that you can make changes to your diet and exercise plan that will help you lose weight.
Say a Prayer
Every week before I get on the scale, I say this little prayer. “God, please give me the strength to accept the number on the scale and to make the changes necessary to lose weight.” Your prayer may be anything that makes you more positive and gives you strength. It might not even be a prayer, but more of a pep talk for yourself. Either way, it should be something that helps you feel better about getting on the scales.