Throw Away Your Scale!

Hi Friends!

Welcome to Friday and your second week of our 7 Week Bliss-In! How is it going? This week of balance has been a great reminder for me to schedule in time to relax and unwind, and appreciate and use the time wisely when there are opportunities to schedule it in. Without relaxation, effort spins out of control and turns into tension. Too much relaxation leads to laziness and too much effort leads to burn out and tension. With Strala we aim to move with ease, relax in our effort, and cultivate capability from balance and ease, rather than tension and forcing. Movement over posing is key for capability. We see this in nature, but often forget we are nature, and default to tensing in order to attempt balance. Tension only leads to more tension. Nature is strong, powerful, and also has the ability to move with the breeze and shift with the current. We can make our lives so much more simple and more capable by taking cures from nature.

Lets look at our animal friends. Who has more body issues, obsessive compulsive disorders, or emotional problems? Us or the wild tigers, families of elephants, or colonies of ants? Maybe we don’t know for sure, but the Discovery channel will let us know that animals tend to act pretty natural.  We humans have evolved so much to have all this free time to develop useless fears, anxieties, and problems surrounding how we live our lives.  A big problem in many of our lives is how we eat, what we eat, and how we feel about eating, and our bodies. We forget that food is our pleasurable fuel that is vital to our emotional, physical, and even spiritual well being. If we are tense, we will pick things to eat that promote that tension. Junk, processed foods, and alcohol are a temporary relief to tension, but take us back further than where we started.

We are in desperate need of a reprogram. When is the last time you saw an animal hop on a scale, suck in their belly, and pray the number be something flattering? Yeah, me either. I propose something radical. Lets get wild, like the animals. Lets get intuitive, connected, calm, capable, and balanced. Lets throw away the scale and start feeling what our bodies need and fueling them accordingly.

Who’s in? Let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!



Peanut Butter Cookie Bar recipe here!

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15 Responses to Throw Away Your Scale!

  • Lucie said on 11-30-12 at 9:08 am

    I love that idea but i’ve never managed to do it more than 3 days…
    Anyway, i’m so curious to know your weight Tara, you’re so slim and beautiful!!!!

  • Malia Vago said on 11-30-12 at 4:09 pm

    OoOo can we have that cookie bar recipe? Where can we find it? Thanks Tara!

  • Tara Stiles said on 11-30-12 at 4:19 pm

    thanks guys! cookie bar recipe coming up! will make a new post. forgot to add it here! xoxo

  • Elle said on 11-30-12 at 5:33 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait for the cookie bar recipe. Definitely agree with forgetting about the scale. A happy, healthy, sexy body isn’t about weight. It’s about fitness & wellness, something a scale can’t calculate for you.

  • Kathryn said on 11-30-12 at 5:42 pm

    As someone who has suffered from an eating disorder in the past, I think this is so so great! A lifestyle focussed on health and wellness cannot be trapped in these insecurities about our weight, and that’s not the reason we should be focussing on health in the first place! You rock, Tara <3

  • Amanda said on 11-30-12 at 6:27 pm

    I loved this!! I have been known to limit calories, eat all raw and obsess over foods I can’t eat. I would then binge on junky vegan take-out, or over-indulge on wine. Not good! Your approach to exercise and food is so inspiring. Yes, you can have a cookie without it being the end of the world. Thanks Tara! This bliss-in has been a life saver this holiday season.

  • Thank you so much for posting this Tara. It was honestly just what I needed today. You have such a way with words.. Thank you again 🙂

  • Belén said on 11-30-12 at 10:30 pm

    I wish I could do that 🙁

  • Alex said on 12-01-12 at 12:02 am

    are the only proteins you buy but butters and grains? how much protein do you think you eat per day?

  • happy mommy said on 12-06-12 at 3:02 pm

    this has been so liberating!! all my life i’ve been very attached to a scale and used to weigh myself several times/week. each time it would make or break my mood and it was such a destructive cycle. since i stopped 6 weeks ago, i feel much better in my own skin, i’ve been doing yoga daily (much more regularly instead of high intensity workouts leaving my body feeling beat up and achy), i’m eating better & without guilt, and my clothes feel looser. my body feels better than ever – inside and out! THANK YOU for your awesome yoga practices and for giving such sound advice! 🙂 you rock girl!!!

  • Tara Stiles said on 12-10-12 at 1:39 am

    Hi Alex, I use Billy’s protein powder also in smoothies. how about you?

  • Marianne Clementine said on 12-11-12 at 10:11 pm

    This year, I finally recovered from over ten years of eating disorders. I am currently in the process of getting to know my body, my healthy body, all over again, and this helps so much. You are a true inspiration, and doing your yoga routines makes me feel so much better inside this body that only recently felt like an awful prison. You are my absolute mentor, Tara.

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