When I really began to take my health and fitness seriously and started to lose a whole lot of weight, I stepped on the scale daily. I did this for probably 2.5 years, and in that time I lost about 25 pounds and then kept it all off. I didn't have a goal weight or certain amount I wanted to lose. It started knowing I needed to take a good 10 lbs off to start feeling better in my own skin, to start taking the added pressure off my knees and joints, and to save myself from having to buy all new clothes!
Then, something changed. I started to buy into the idea that the scale is a liar and we shouldn't be stepping on it so much. There was a huge problem in that logic though!
You see, in the past when I would start to get a little too complacent with my nutrition, I would catch it on the scale right away and tighten things back up. I had a solid handle on what worked for my body and what didn't. When I stopped stepping on the scale on a regular basis, I lost this control. I stepped on the scale every couple months when I was doing a new program, and the number was a little higher, but I didn't worry because I figured those extra 7 pounds would come off. Then, when they didn't, I started to tell myself things about the muscle I have gained or a host of other excuses. The reality, however, was that yes, I had gained muscle, but when I started to compare my pictures, there was more going on that just some muscle gain.
Please don't get me wrong, I am still in a healthy weight range, I still feel pretty good and don't look terrible, however, I can see and feel that I am not at my best! Note, I said my best, not my lowest weight. The scale also indicated to me when I weighed too little. For me, I know when I drop below about 135 lbs, I don't look and feel as good as when I am between 135-137. How do I know this? The Scale!
The scale isn't a liar, in fact, it is completely honest when it comes to our weight. The scale is simply a measure of the force of gravity on our body. The scale gives us information. What we do with that information is often where the lies creep in.
The scale is simply a number, it is not the only indicator of our health. The scale doesn't tell us how strong we are or how lean we may or may not be. The scale doesn't indicate how many inches we may have lost or gained or where those changes occurred. Most importantly, the scale is NOT an indicator of our worth!
Sadly, we live in a culture that doesn't like to take personal responsibility for ANYTHING. We are continually looking for someone or something to blame when we don't like how something is going for us. It's time to stop doing that! It is time to stop blaming others or situations for the things we are unhappy with. If you know you need to start losing weight, stop making excuses and do it.
Start by stepping on the scale! The scale isn't the enemy, our habits and thinking are!
Stop any other excuses you have and start taking responsibility for the things you can and see where that takes you. You will be amazed at the barriers you get through when you take responsibility.
I am not suggesting that there aren't real and legitimate hurtles some of you face. I am not saying that genetics and other medical factors may come into play. What I am saying is that for most of us, they don't the way we like to think they do. I am also suggesting that change can still happen, it may just happen slower for some that others.
I have begun a new nutrition program that is more like the most amazing online nutrition course of all time. It has re-opened my eyes to the scale. It has taught me so much more about nutrition than any other program I have done. It has given me fresh perspective and knowledge to drop this weight I have put on, and keep it off without having to count calories, containers or macros. It is also totally do-able without having to workout if you don't want to or aren't able to for whatever reason!
Be sure to check out my last post, Enough is Enough...Why I am Making a Shift and You Should Too, for more information and how to join me!
It is time we all stop demonizing the scale and see it for what it truly is...Information!
I am a former dual sport collegiate athlete sharing my story, how you can gain strength, confidence and discipline too, and how I apply lessons learned from competative sports and how to turn them into real life success.