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I will no longer live my life dominated by the scales

How many of us spend our lives dominated by the scales? And how can one number hold so much sway?

I’m no exception to the rule.

I’ve spent a big chunk of my life living in sheer terror of a number on a set of scales, stressing about a number which would either make me very, very happy or just bloody miserable.

Our unhealthy obsession with a number on a set of scales and the size of our clothes has carried us through the Twiggy era, the supermodel obsessed 80’s, the grunge ‘heroin’ chic 90’s and beyond. And sure, we can be comforted by the body positive movement, a shift in focus to plus size models, and the backlash against photo-shopping, but the fact is body image issues continue to wreak havoc with women AND men, and more disturbingly, girls and boys.

It’s time to change our thinking. We are passing the wrong messages to our children. And kids being kids, well, they absorb everything from us adults!

Embrace your body as it is!

We need to get a grip!

We are more than a number on a set of scales.

We’re more than a clothing size, a thigh gap, or whatever the latest ‘trend’ demands.

It’s time to acknowledge that real beauty come in all shapes, sizes, colours and is more than skin deep. We need to embrace and celebrate who we are instead of criticising and ‘changing’ ourselves.

We need to celebrate the journey our bodies have been on and acknowledge that growing old is a privilege, not a curse.

I threw my scales out a few years ago and have not looked back, and I’m declaring it’s time for us all to break up with the scales for good. Yep, it’s time to free up some space on the bathroom floor. It’s time to put a stop to the cycle of guilt and self-loathing. And it is definitely time to start loving ourselves as we are. To be aiming for healthy rather than a size or whatever you’re torturing yourself to be!

I will no longer live my life dominated by a set of scales. What about you?


Sexy is not a size

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  • Diane Lynn
    December 1, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Hi Janine. I’m so guilty of the exact behavior you described in this post. I often let the scale dictate how I feel and I’m officially breaking up with it! Thanks Janine.

  • Marie
    December 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Good for you!

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