The number on the scale can be a haunting thing. Irrationally, it can woo you down a path of misplaced identity, inexplicable insecurities, and self-berating.
I battled this body-weight / body-image identity struggle for much of my life, and my experience is exactly what compelled me to make the Fitness Industry my career. I only hope that my openness and desire to talk rawley about body-image struggles will help others wade out of the muck and mire that this type of mindset creates.
I love the above quote: “Do not take it [the number on the scale, your body fat percentage, the jiggle in your thighs, the curve to your stomach, etc] out on your body.” Accept your body for what it is and in doing so you will finally come to understand how beautiful it actually is. That is not to say that you will not have a day where your entire mood changes after you step on the scale. These are the days that shape you, for it is your reaction to those emotions that you must choose to control. As you choose to control your thoughts, you will learn to separate your self-identity from your body, your weight, and your physical impairments. Life is not about numbers, achievements, body perfection, or money… it is about love. Refuse to give into the temptation to engage in self-deprecation about your physical dissatisfactions and start to love yourself. The more you love yourself and accept yourself for exactly who you are today, the more you will be able to love others and love the incredible life you are living.