WARNING: This post contains TMI!
Now that 2012 is officially here, and the Holiday season is over, many people are talking about New Year's Resolutions. For many of people, myself included, weight loss and fitness is a priority. However, while the desire to shed a few pounds can be a good motivator in itself, sometimes that is easier said than done. It's hard to lose weight and keep it off, and it can be easy to get discouraged. One thing that can definitely kill motivation? The dreaded scale.
Sure, a bathroom scale is a helpful tool to help keep one on track. After all, we all want visible proof that progress is being made, even before our clothing starts to fit differently. Seeing the numbers get smaller is incentive to keep going. But, if you're anything like me, seeing a physical number can be almost traumatic. If you're overweight, knowing exactly how much you weigh can be rather depressing. It can definitely kill self-esteem, which may lead to emotional eating and other behaviors that can completely sabotage any dieting efforts. Just imagine: You step onto the scale, see a number you hate, and out of self-pity, you grab that pint of Ben & Jerry's, and end up eating the whole darn thing. Sound familiar? I know I've been there before, and it's not a happy place.
While I am no longer overweight at about 130 lbs and a size 6, I still have a love/hate relationship with the scale. I spent most of my teen and adult life being overweight, and still suffer from horribly low self-esteem and severe body image issues. My husband, who is absolutely wonderful, actually tells me that my eyeballs are "broken" and that I simply cannot seem to see myself clearly, the way other people do. When you've spent most of your life being called fat, it can really affect what you see when you look into the mirror. Add to that an incredibly abusive first marriage, paired with society's distorted view of beauty, and it's easy to actually believe you're never quite "good enough." My ex-husband basically brainwashed me into believing that, and even now, years later, I still suffer greatly from the after-effects of years of verbal and emotional abuse.
I am ashamed to admit it, but my extremely low self-esteem has caused me to engage in incredibly stupid and potentially life-threatening weight-loss methods. It started out after I had my babies and was at my all time high weight of around 185lbs. I hated my body, and I hated what I saw when I looked at myself in the mirror. For awhile, I actually hated myself. Nothing was working. I don't eat junk food, and I try and exercise daily, even if it's just a workout DVD or a walk with the babies. Because I have PCOS, (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) my body tends to be resistant to exercise. My weight would not budge, and I became more and more depressed. I am, and always have been, my own worst critic. Out of desperation and pure self-loathing, I decided that I would try purging. (Yes, I know....Stupid. Horribly, horribly stupid.) I thought it was something I could control. For a while, that was true, and I saw the numbers on the scale get smaller on a daily basis. I went from 185lbs to 170, then to 160, then to 150, and so on. Every time I weighed myself, it was like a high to see the numbers, and my body, shrinking. It literally became an obsession. At one point, I was weighing myself more than 20 times a day. If I had gained even a few ounces, I would feel like a failure, go binge, and allow this vicious cycle to repeat itself. Something I thought I could control had taken complete control over me.
Now I weigh around 130lbs, which for my height and frame is considered a healthy weight. While I still struggle every day with body image issues, I have been doing my absolute best to break this awful habit. I am not going to lie, an eating disorder is not something you recover from overnight. Sometimes, especially when dealing with PMS bloat, the urges are still there. But I have to squash them, not only for my own health, but because my kids deserve to grow up having a mother.
While I can stand to get on the scale now, and realize that a person's weight can naturally fluctuate, it is still emotional for me on a "bad day." My weight has remained rather steady for over 6 months now, as I have been taking much healthier measures to maintain it. I would ideally like to lose another 10-15lbs, but I realize this may not be realistic, as I am not small-framed. So now, rather than focusing on the numbers on the scale, I try and focus on how my clothing fits as well as how I feel. It's been a long, hard road to recovery, but I am getting there.
How the Zero Scale has helped:
One product that is making things easier on me emotionally is the Zero Scale. What is the Zero Scale? Basically, it's a much kinder, friendlier bathroom scale that doesn't show your actual weight unless you choose to see it. Instead of displaying your weight, it tracks your progress instead. The Zero Scale is easy to set up and can accommodate 4 users as well as a Guest Mode. (Be warned: The Guest Mode is where you can sneak a peek at your actual weight.) The Zero Scale set-up process is easy. Simply step on the scale and it immediately starts tracking your weight – without revealing the total number. The next time you step on the scale, only the amount of weight lost or gained appears. It also tracks progress since your first weigh-in, displaying total pounds lost or gained and the number of days since the first use. The Zero Scale can hold up to 397lbs, and can be set to measure pounds or kilograms.
The Zero Scale is made of a durable, impact-resistant tempered glass, and has a decent sized weighing platform. It also has a very sleek, modern look to it that is sure to fit into any decor seamlessly. The Zero Scale takes 4 AAA batteries, which are housed in the back of the unit, and will turn off automatically after use to help conserve battery life. It also has a 10 Year Warranty, so you can buy in confidence knowing that you're receiving a product of superior quality.
Take a look! Yes, I know they both say Day 0. I was holding a large can of Toddler Formula when I first used it, and then put it down to demonstrate the weight that was then "lost."
Overall, I am quite thankful for the Zero Scale. It has given me a new lease on life and the way I look at myself. After suffering for so long from poor body-image that spiraled out of control into a full-blown eating-disorder, seeing incremental progress rather than actual weight has been incredibly helpful to me, especially on an emotional level. I am no longer as obsessed with the number on the scale. I am finally able to start seeing things in a less-destructive way. If I cannot physically SEE the numbers, I cannot base my value as a human being on that number. To many of you, this may not make a lot of sense. Until I found myself in the hold of an eating disorder, it wouldn't have made much sense to me, either. While I have gotten to the point where I can handle seeing my weight without having an all-out panic attack, I do have hard days. The Zero Scale helps me keep things in perspective and is a lot less intimidating than my conventional bathroom scales.
The quality of the Zero Scale is wonderful, it is easy to use, and it is a very valuable tool for anyone who wants to stay motivated while trying to achieve their weight management goals. The Zero Scale is like a supportive friend, and can make setting realistic goals a whole lot easier by showing easy to understand, incremental progress rather than the big picture. By taking actual weight out of the picture, it can also help build self-esteem and lessen the emotional pitfalls that are often associated with dieting. The Zero Scale is great for anyone, whether you want to gain weight, lose weight, or have been affected by an eating-disorder, like myself. This would even be an especially helpful tool in tracking pregnancy weight gain! I would definitely recommend the Zero Scale to anyone who wants a no-nonsense, practical way to track their progress. The Zero Scale can definitely help those New Year's resolutions become more attainable.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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