On this epic first day of Fall Spa Week booking, we are very happy to introduce to you our newest member to the Spa Week Daily community. Last week we bid farewell to Kavita Jhaveri-Patel, and are pleased to welcome Sarah Jenks, founder of sarahjenks.com and theBreathtakingBride.com, who helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat.

Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Check out the great free guide on her website: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”  Sarah is also the leader in the bridal health community and will be popping into our Wedding Wednesday column from time to time.

Stay tuned for lots to come from Sarah, and enjoy her first SWD post — scale-smashing video made especially for the occasion!  Help us welcome Sarah by leaving her a comment below.

Have you ever actually been happy with the number on the scale?  If you gained weight, you’re a fat loser.  If you stayed the same you are lazy.  If you lost weight, you could’ve lost more and aren’t trying hard enough.

Getting your daily dose of self-esteem bashing from your scale causes stress, poor body image and really sh**ty moods.  And what happens when women get moody?  We eat.  Weighing your self is actually making you fat, not thin.

The best judge of how healthy you are is how you feel.  Think about it: your scale can’t tell you how you slept last night, how you felt after Chinese take-out, or how clear your skin is.  These are all true signs of health. Tune into how you feel while you are eating, working out and living your life – your body will communicate health by your energy, ability to sleep, skin quality, and mood.  Tuning into these signs on a regular basis will help you receive these messages of well-being.

Take steps to wean yourself off of the scale.  Slowly decrease the frequency you weigh yourself and when not in use, put the scale away.  Literally hide it from yourself, so you aren’t tempted to hop on it after every meal.  Eventually – throw it away.  You will lose so much more weight, and be so much happier without it.