In my ongoing battle with the scale (by which I mean my battle to stop weighing myself and seeking instant gratification) I remembered how important it is to do the right thing because it is the right thing, regardless of the consequences. Let me explain. Usually when I don't eat sugar for a few weeks I lose weight (largely because I eat so much of it). I convince myself to get through cravings my reminding myself that the scale will be my reward. The only issue with that is that scales are notoriously inaccurate. Also, strict weight loss is not a measure of overall health. It is not a really valid measure of how well or how poorly we eat or exercise (except perhaps over the long term). This week I ended up weighing in a few times and my weight actually increased. I briefly considered going out for a chocolate bar. (I mean why bother!) But then I remembered I had to do the right thing because it was the right thing and not because of the consequences/reward. I need to stay focused on the reasons I decided to do this.
You know what? It worked. I didn't throw in the towel and eat junk. I still need to work at disentangling my relationship with the scale, but I'm sure I'll get there.