What To Do When the Scale Goes UP

You stepped on the scale this morning, and it was up 1.2 pounds from yesterday. Your heart sank to your stomach, and your brain went into overdrive, telling you that obviously, this is a disaster – you’re gaining weight! You’re never going to get to your goal, or if you do, now it’s going to take longer. It’s all because of those stupid cookies you ate yesterday. If you had any self control at all, this wouldn’t have happened. But it’s going to be okay, today’s a new day, and you’ll just get on with it as best you can. 

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? My friend, today on the Get Your GOAL podcast, we’re digging deep into the monkey chatter you hear in your brain, and I’ve got a simple, practical MINDSET solution for what to do when the scale goes up.

Before we talk about mindset, though, let’s clear up a little biology: today’s weight didn’t go up because of what you ate yesterday. Your body has billions of daily processes that affect the scale, and what you’ve recently eaten is only the tiniest fraction of that.

The problem is that simply understanding this fact intellectually doesn’t stop you from feeling bad. Well, here’s why: your brain is hard-wired to make meaning from data. It’s normal, it’s natural, and it’s just what your brain does!

But hang on, because here comes some amazing news: your brain is ALSO hard-wired to be able to simply observe without making meaning. We just don’t get taught to use this skill, because the other way is sort of the default.

When you practice this superpower, though, you’ll be unstoppable. The scale won’t ruin your day, you won’t be tempted to overexercise or undereat in response to today’s weight, and you’ll feel calm and in control – even when the scale goes up.

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