Well, Labor Day has passed. Does this mean summer is officially over? I hope not since it is still in the 90′s here in East Tennessee but summer is coming to a close. Back at the end of June, I wrote a post about giving up the scale for the remainder of summer. Sound familiar? Basically I just decided to stop weighing myself until Labor Day in an effort to enjoy summer activities and summer foods without feeling guilty about it thanks to a silly number on a scale.
It was actually pretty fantastic and I loved not having guilt associated with my food choices and not having the shame that comes along with a not so great weigh-in. Did I go all nuts and eat the farm? No, but I certainly didn’t say no to a s’more or a hamburger at a cookout. Balance, ya dig?
While my heaviest at the beginning of summer was around 235, I did a final weigh-in before saying goodbye to the scale and it had me at 228. Starting with a new decade was a perfect kick off to a scaleless summer. I mentioned that I had no definitive goal for the summer other than to maintain and not gain. I probably could have done a lot more during the months of July and August but I worked out when I could and didn’t go completely overboard on eating. There was no guilt revolving around numbers or food choices and that alone was very liberating. Doing a scaleless summer was probably one of the best decisions I have made.
You are probably wanting to know the results, right? Well I weighed in the morning of Labor Day and lo and behold the scale had another new decade. Hello 218!!!! Ecstatic might be an understatement. I lost exactly 10 pounds during the time I did a scaleless summer and 17 pounds since the real beginning of summer. That’s a success! Yes, the number on the scale makes me so happy and I’m so thankful to have shed some pounds this summer even though the main goal was to maintain but I’m even more happy that I attained successful weight loss by simply being me and not depriving myself and not feeling guilty and ashamed. That was the main purpose of ditching the scale.
While I continue to focus on weight loss I will definitely be weighing myself from time to time to keep tabs and chase my never-ending goal of having a weight that begins with the number one but I will no longer be fixated on the idea of weighing myself and running to the scale to validate myself. The scale just isn’t a priority anymore. So, that’s what scaleless summer did for me and I will for sure be doing this again next summer.
Have you ever given up the scale? Ever lost weight due to giving up the scale? How do you deal with numbers and scale obsession?