Moving Beyond the Scale

the scale doesn't define you

So many women are chained to the scale. In a daily ritual, often first thing in the morning, they get on it while recounting everything they have eaten or not eaten and waiting with baited breath for the number to appear.

Are you one of these women? If so, you’re not alone and can probably answer this next question very easily.

What happens once you see the number on the scale? For most of us, one of two things will happen: you feel better about yourself or you feel like crap.

See what happened there? 

The number on the scale just dictated how you will feel about yourself for the day.

The number on the scale measures weight, which is the force pressing against it.

The number on the scale does NOT represent

  • your worth
  • your quality of life
  • if you are loved/appreciated
  • your desirability/sexiness
  • your successes or strengths
  • how much of your weight is made up of muscle, bone, fat, tissue, or organs
  • whether your day should/will be good or bad

Why then do we let the scale dictate all of these things? How is it that we can get on the scale feeling good and beautiful, but get off feeling defeated and depressed?

Move beyond the scale!!!

Get off the scale and live your life instead. Focus on how you feel, move, perform. When you wake up in the morning feeling good, don’t get on the scale!!! FEEL GOOD! If you wake up in the morning feeling bad, instead of getting on the scale, do something that makes you feel better.

Some women who  have thrown away their scales have reported feeling a sense of freedom and happiness, being more connected with themselves, and having a better body image.

If you want help moving beyond the scale, and you live in the Pacific Northwest, click below to schedule a consultation. I'd like to help you! 

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Tamara Duarte

Tamara Duarte is a counselor, author, speaker, and activist. Her private practice, Get Centered Counseling in Vancouver WA, helps women with food and body issues learn to love themselves, their body, their life, and their relationships. Her life’s work is steeped in personal experience, having fifteen years in recovery for anorexia, in addition to being a breast cancer survivor. An up and coming force in the counseling community, Tamara has been published in a textbook called Treatment Strategies for Substance and Process Addictions, and has sat on a panel at the American Counseling Association Conference, where she spoke to her peers on strategies and tools to use with clients struggling with eating disorders. Having a deep, personal understanding of what it takes to recover from this condition, she seeks to be an example to those she treats, to let them know that recovery is possible. Currently developing a podcast which addresses the cultural issues that promote body shame, self-esteem issues and eating disorders, Tamara lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband and best friend, Adam, enjoying life to the fullest with their two beautiful children, Jacob and Chloe.