3 Reasons to Put the Scale Away

Confession time. I am really frustrated with my body right now. My weight is up. I’m struggling with emotional eating. My lower back and hips bother me most of the time. It’s frustrating, but do you know what will only make it worse? Stepping on the scale.

Now, I know what you’re going to say. “But Kathryn, stepping on the scale is necessary. You have to know how much you weigh so it can motivate you to do better!”

Wrong! Here is my list of reasons to put the scale away.

  1. Weight fluctuates. We may be eating right and exercising, but that doesn’t mean the number on the scale won’t go up. In fact, it’s normal for weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. So the number we see doesn’t necessarily reflect the healthy choices we’ve made.
  2. It can negatively impact our mood, and therefore our choices, all day. If we don’t like what we see on the scale, it puts us in a bad mood. And what do a lot of us do when we’re upset? Eat! The food we eat to comfort ourselves will definitely not help matters on the scale. So when we weigh ourselves again, the number will be up. Do you see where I’m going with this? It can start one big, unhealthy cycle that is very difficult to break.
  3. Weight is just a number. It does not tell the whole story. It doesn’t say how healthy we are (or are not). It doesn’t always reflect our choices.

So if we don’t use the scale, how can we measure our progress? We can ask ourselves some questions. Do I have more energy? Is my overall mood better? Do my clothes fit better? These are all much better indicators of our overall health than a number on the scale.

My Favorite Things: The Bariatric Pal Bars and Shakes Edition

After having weight loss surgery in 2017, I discovered Bariatric Pal. Not only is http://www.bariatricpal.com home to forums for pre and post-op folks, but they also have a shop that is chock full of products designed to help folks on their journey to better health.

Because I have found so many helpful things and I want to help others do the same, I am an ambassador for Bariatric Pal. If you shop the Bariatric Pal store using this link https://store.bariatricpal.com/?ref=26, I’ll get a small percentage of your total purchase. If you use the code BEYOND15 at checkout, you’ll get a little discount too.

So without further ado, here is a list of my favorite things from the Bariatric Pal store.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bars!

https://store.bariatricpal.com/collections/protein-bars/products/bariatricpal-protein-bars-peanut-butter-jelly

These are my absolute favorite protein bars! They were my go-to afternoon snack when I worked a split shift. They are my go-to snack on busy days now too!

Crispy Cinnamon Protein Bars!

https://store.bariatricpal.com/collections/protein-bars/products/bariatricpal-15g-protein-bars-crispy-cinnamon

These are a great alternative protein bar. No matter how much you love your favorite flavor, having an alternate around is always good!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Bars!

https://store.bariatricpal.com/collections/protein-bars/products/bariatricpal-high-protein-bars-strawberry-cheesecake?variant=32653404700749

At the moment I’m writing this, these bars are sold out. There’s a good reason for that! They are delicious! They were also my introduction to the wonderful world of Bariatric Pal.

Syntrax Unflavored Protein Powder

https://store.bariatricpal.com/products/syntrax-nectar-1lb-protein-powder-bottle-medical-unflavored

I love to mix this powder with almond milk and put it in my morning coffee! I usually use 2 scoops, to get 20g of protein.

A Handy Blender!

https://store.bariatricpal.com/collections/protein-mixer/products/bariatricpal-portable-protein-mixer-blender-whipper-pink

I really didn’t think I needed one of these because I have a couple dozen shaker bottles. Here’s the thing though, this is much easier to clean than a shaker bottle. I use it to make my protein lattes in the morning!

That it for this edition of My Favorite Things! If you have any questions, feel free to leave it in the comments. You can also email me at livingbeyondthebinge@gmail.com.