What To Do When The Scale Moves…Up

When I got to work today, my client said to me, “I gained some weight…it’s time to cut back on those sweets…”  This is when I slip into a cartoon where two people are repeatedly hitting each other on the head with some sort of club or a chair (cartoons are so violent sometimes).  I love this person and they knew who they are, but, this vicious cycle of losing, gaining, losing, gaining, and then losing, and gaining has to stop…especially because there isn’t a physical weight gain really happening, just a mental one…and that can change right now.

Now this person is not the first person to go through this (or the last unfortuntaely), it is our nature to automatically go into panic mode and think of all the ways we can “cut out” or “punish” ourselves for this weight gain (physical or mental).  I am now going to reveal some very important information.  This will help everyone lose weight, in fact, this statement alone should be worth like a million dollars….are you ready????

Weight Gain Is A Symptom, Not A Problem! I know, genuis right?

What does this mean?  This means that if the scale is moving up, or, if your thoughts are miraculously creating another roll on your stomach that wasn’t there before, it is trying to tell you something! Most likely, what it is trying to tell you, has absolutely nothing to do with weight at all.  For me, it was a sign to slow down, get out of the fast lane and start living life slowly.  What is yours telling you?  Finding out is actually an amazing and fun process. Who knew weight loss could be fun?

If your clothes are starting to feel a little snug, or the mirror is telling you lies again, before going into panic mode, stop, breathe, and ask yourself, what could my body be trying to tell me right now? Maybe you have been eating a box of chocolates everyday for the last two weeks, but if that is so, instead of saying, “I need to stop,” how about asking your body, “Why???!”  If you knew the why, you wouldn’t have started eating the chocolate in the first place.

If you don’t know why you are gaining weight, that is perfectly normal.  Now you must take time and think about learning the answers.  In what ways can you stop and think about what your body is telling you?  Some people need to make time for self-care, somebody else might need to learn how to accept themselves, where as another person may be in an all out funk and refuses to get off the couch or out of their house. If you really don’t know why you are gaining weight then the mind-body-spirit connection has really been ignored and I would strongly advise getting help from a coach (or a book if a coach is not affordable).

When the scale moves up, so does your potential to learn something important about yourself.  Instead of scoffing, crying, yelling or punishing yourself, try, loving, asking, soothing, and finding out information about your body.  Remember, it only takes one little, tiny stressor (i.e. I hate my body) to cause an all out war zone in your body.  Your body cannot differentiate between, “I hate my body”, and “I am being chased by a bear”, and it will ALWAYS store fat, and burn muscle.  You want a lean, mean, fat burning machine?  Start loving, accepting, and caring for your body and watch it transform.

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About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.