Girlfriend!!! We have some talking to do. It's time to let go of that ridiculous number we have in our head of what our "ideal weight" should be.
I understand wanting to track progress if you're trying to lose weight, but the scale isn't the best measurement of health and success. As a personal trainer I can't tell you how many times I have heard complaints from clients about not getting the results they wanted, based solely on the number on the scale! Let's be real, the scale is only one tool we have to measure overall health. Sure it's the cheapest and the easiest, however, it lies the most! So why are we putting so much value into something that's not giving us the full picture of our efforts!
How good you feel and how your clothes fit are better indications of your progress.
The number on the scale will not tell you:
- How much muscle you have gained (Strong is the new sexy!!)
- How much you have learned through this process of creating a healthy lifestyle
- The inches you've lost
- How fit you are
- How sexy you are looking in those new skinny jeans
- Your self-worth
- What a great person you are
- How much your friends and family love you
- That you are kind, smart, funny, and amazing in ways numbers can not define
- THAT YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHOOSE HAPPINESS!
You are not alone! I struggled for years with weighing myself EVERYDAY. I let that number on the scale define me, define my day. Reading that out loud, makes me realize how really sad that is. And I know I am not alone.
So how exactly did I change my thought process! ONE, I only allow myself to step on the scale when I want to. But before I do, I reflect on the positive changes I have made. How fast I ran the day before! How amazing my abs look! How good I feel! TWO, I have implemented other measuring tools into my program as well as my clients.
Here are the 3 methods I use to measure progress:
- Before and after pictures (front, back, and both sides)
- 7 points of measurement (shoulders, chest, stomach, hips, thigh, calf, arm)
- Body Composition (completely worth the expense, it will tell you the whole story!)
If I was your accountability partner, first and foremost, I would forbid you to step on the scale for the first 30 days. Hide it, put it in a closet, stick it under the bed...out of site out of mind! There is a transitional phase that your body goes through while adjusting to a new healthy lifestyle, this may cause weight gain at first....you need to trust the process and look at it as a 90 day commitment to better health not just "weight loss".
What advice do you have for someone on a weight loss journey?