You roll out of bed and stumble down the corridor, nerves brewing. Speaking of brewing – you make your way to the toilet and get out every ounce of excrement. You hate inaccuracy.
There it lies, judging you. Daring you to step on. Like a robot you oblige. The cold glass surface wakes you and the butterflies in your belly flutter. You gulp as the digital display flashes. Like Russian Roulette, numbers begin to flicker before settling on a figure.
You groan. Not what you expected. Your mood sinks but then plateaus. What if the floor is uneven? That would make the reading wrong and you hate inaccuracy. You laugh wildly and move the scales to another surface. Then you step on again.
Darn it. The same number appears, taunting you. You trudge off, the disappointment is plastered on your face.
You hate weighing yourself, but it’s important, isn’t it? It keeps you accountable and tracks your progress.
You ball up your fists and shout, there must be a better way! The rage within begins to settle and your mind clears. You begin to reminisce about your times with the scales and realise the relationship has been a rocky one.
You’re always anxious on your dates. In the lead-up, you change your eating habits in an effort to impress. And if things go well? You reward yourself by overeating.
In front of the mirror, you yourself, why do I stay in this toxic relationship? If I were to give up the scales, I would eat intuitively rather than relying on the feedback of that digital beast. Besides, who knows how accurate it is?
And you hate inaccuracy.
Writing on a legal pad, the pros of ditching the scales begin to add up. Healthy long-term eating habits, reduced stress and an improved relationship with food and body image.
You stand up triumphantly, legal pad clutched in one hand. You’ve made up your mind – the relationship ends today. It won’t be easy, you tell yourself. There will be times when the saucy scales lure you back with her sleek lines.
Fight the urge. Wean yourself off if you have to – from daily to weekly to monthly.
There are other ways to measure progress. You’ll pay more attention to hunger, energy levels and your fullness. The way your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror are also useful tools in the right doses.
The only scales you’ll pay any mind to are those of the piano.