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Taking My Power Back From the Number on the Scale

Things like yoga and meditation

Yoga and meditation have helped me value my health and well-being over a silly number on the scale.

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about something near and dear to my heart — the scale. Or, more accurately, the absence of the scale in my life.

After a semi-disordered pre-FBG past with the scale, obsessive calorie-counting, yo-yo dieting and over-exercising, I know what it’s like to have that number consume you. And I know what it’s like to break free. How liberating it is. How much better your life becomes when you get your self worth and value from a deeper, more stable place. And how taking care of yourself is a way to honor and value yourself — not punish yourself or sabotage your own unrealistic goals of perfection.

No matter if you feel like you have a good or bad relationship with the scale, I urge you to read why I personally only weigh myself once a week (if that). The messages we receive from society about our weight are something I believe is so ingrained in us that “breaking free” of it is something that we have to do consciously every single day. And, for me, that means keeping the scale at a distance.

Read the full post here, and tell me what you think! How often do you weigh yourself and why? —Jenn

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  1. Jana says:

    Good morning! I really enjoyed your article for Huffington Post and resonated with the line “embracing the notion that living a healthy life is a way to show yourself unconditional love and respect.” I couldn’t agree more. I weigh myself only at the doctors office because I don’t own a scale and don’t belong to a gym. I instead count pushups, race PRs, and how comfortable I feel in my clothes as a way to check in. I’m more proud of my physical accomplishments and the strength I’ve gained than how any number. I wish women would be as kind to themselves as they are to their friends.

  2. Jay Scott says:

    I agree – even as a guy – that the scale is way down there on the usefulness scale (no pun intended). It simply isn’t that accurate, especially when measuring women – who can fluctuate wildly week to week. I’m going to check out your huffington post article!

    Jay Scott

  3. Jenn, This article is the perfect compliment for your week as Expert in our SBF Be Your Best You Challenge! I have it bookmarked to share! Thank you for continuing to inspire thousands of women and men with truth! The challengers are going to be encouraged and pleased with your article. Suzanne