Did you weigh yourself today and yesterday? Do you plan on hopping on the scale first thing in the morning when you feel the skinny?
There is an obsession in our culture about being lighter. There is a so much power in the number that looks back at you on the scale that you will have an emotional reaction. That reflection of your weight will make you feel some sort of way. Either happier and justified for the work that you're putting in to lose weight is actually working or disappointed. And with the disappointment comes a feeling of failure. And defeat.
Let's face the facts, dieting and exercise is hard. It's not just a physical feat. It is mental and emotional. You feel it in your spirit. It can make or break confidence.
People can be all kinds of messed up behind closed doors but you take your appearance with you everywhere. That's what you show the world when you step out from behind those doors and instagram filters. The pressure is real. You can either be happy and confident in your appearance or change it.
Most of us wish we could change it and losing weight is always at the top of the list of things to change.
So you make the commitment to lose weight and you have a plan and you start on Monday.
Tuesday comes and your down .5! Yes! This diet rocks! At this rate you'll be losing 3.5lbs a week! Totally realistic! You're already picturing yourself in the Sexy Pirate Costume. Then Wednesday, oh...only .3. You gained .2 since yesterday. Ok, still ok. 2.1 lbs a week will at least get you into the Sexy Wench.
So you keep kicking ass at the gym. You keep tracking your food and skipping beers after the game and you keep eating all the protein. You keep stepping on the scale every morning doing mathematical equations till your head spins. But then the end of the week comes and it's only that .5 or worse you gained!
Bye Bye momentum, hello cheat meal. Whatever, let's make it a cheat day. Why not? It's not really working any way, right? Till you feel crappy again and start again the Monday after that and your fitness journey is a series of started and failed attempts. Now you'll have to be the pumpkin.
We are doing ourselves a great injustice when we focus on weight for the proxy of looking good.
Instead, we should be saying is, "I need to get fit." Or even, "I need to lean out." Instead of. "I need to lose weight." Because fitness can not be measured in lbs on the scale. The scale can't differentiate between muscle weight and all the other weight that makes up your bod.
I want to put this in real life perspective for you. Meet my girl, Annie. Annie is a member of my World Momination Fit Fam. This is Annie's 2 week check in. You can clearly see that she is changing. Her shape is changing, people are telling her that she looks great, and her clothes are fitting better. Annie is working the program and killing it!
Now, take a guess as to how much weight loss Annie reported for her 2 week check in...
1 lb! The scale showed her that she only weighs 1lb less than she did 2 weeks ago when she started! Could you imagine how she would have felt had her only focus for measuring progress was that god forsaken scale?!
Most women would have quit, thinking that all the work wasn't working for them if all they were seeing was the scale number. When all that was needed was a simple picture taken 2 weeks apart to show that Annie is on the right track and should keep doing what she has been doing. I can't wait till 4 week check in where we see how many inches and body fat % she has lost!!
While following her program she has gained lean muscle weight which has replaced some of the fat weight and still burned an additional lb of body fat!
The scale can't tell you how much of your weight is the good kind and how much is the bad. The scale can only tell you your overall weight, including your bones, and muscles, fluids, organs, and hair. The only number we are trying to decrease is the fat weight.
Do you now see how insane it is to step on the scale everyday?
Try a scale detox for 30 days. Tell me how you do and how you feel while staying off of the scale. Is it hard for you, easy? Did it make you nuts like it did to me when I started this practice during my wellness journey? I would really love to know!