Why I hate standing on scales
Today I woke up bursting with excitement for my Friday morning workout with my amazing personal trainer, Unjaded Fitness. As I arrived at the gym and took the keys out from the ignition of my car all of a sudden I felt this awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. I had just remembered that today was my monthly progress assessment and one of the things that I had to do was stand on a scale… I was very quickly reminded why I hate scales! Although standing on a scale is probably the most common method to determine weight loss it can also be extremely demotivating & not a true indicator of where your body is at.
I absolutely DREAD the thought of standing on a scale, I think it has to be one of my worst nightmares. Walking into the gym I felt a knot in my tummy getting tighter and tighter with waves of anxiety washing over me. All of this over a number on a scale… HONESTLY! I was terrified of what number would come up. As soon as I stood on the scale my morning felt like it came crashing down. Isn’t it amazing how a little number & (such a small part of your overall fitness assessment) can be so powerful that it has the ability to make or break your entire day?!
The scale showed that I have had no weight loss in almost a month. Nothing. Zero. Zip. I stood there so confused. Confused because over the last few weeks I have been feeling SO GOOD… On top of the world in fact! Before I could even blink my inner self-critic or my Mean Girl as the lovely Melissa Ambrossini likes to call it had snuck up on me. I was doubting EVERYTHING that has made me feel totally fabulous, happier and healthier over the last few weeks. Body shaming and negative self-talk very quickly started to run wild in my head.
As I walked up to meet my trainer and finish the rest of my monthly assessments, old patterns of thought were trolling my mind… “I shouldn’t have eaten/drank that, I am failing, I should have trained harder, I am obviously not doing enough, I need to start eating less and cutting out certain foods so that I can lose weight again etc etc etc!”.
As we finished off my other monthly progress assessments (that I MUUUUCH prefer by the way), which included body circumference measurements, body fat % measurements and my personal favorite – strength and endurance assessments, I decided that NO number on any scale is ever going to be able to take away from my happiness or my precious health! And then we kicked off into my AWESOME Friday morning workout and just like that Healthy Girl was back in charge… SO LONG Mean Girl and you too scale!
Post workout I felt incredible – literally BURSTING with energy, endorphins and covered in sweat. All my worries over a very stupid number had vanished into thin air.
It’s because of this that I HATE scales. They can mess with your mind and literally make or break your day in a second (if you let it). All because of a STUPID number! The number on a scale is just that… A NUMBER! In my opinion, the number on a scale is in no way a fair or realistic indicator of where you are on your health and fitness journey. So do NOT get caught up on that number! And if you do, snap out of it… FAST (just like I did today).
Health is SO much more than what a number on a scale ever will be! Plus there are SO many different factors that can affect how much you weigh at any moment – it can depend on what time of day it is, if it is THAT time of the month or even how much food or water you have had at that point in time to a name few. Weight does NOT equal health and a decreasing or increasing number on a scale is NOT a true reflection of your progress. Improved strength, ability, endurance, sleep, health and happiness now these are real indicators of your progress!
If you are looking to track your progress there are lots of other methods to choose from that are far healthier, enjoyable and much better indicators of where you are at on your wellness journey:
Body fat % & body circumference measurements. REMEMBER: Muscle is heavier than fat!
Weekly / bi-weekly / monthly progress photos.
Assess how your are feeling in your clothing.
Set yourself personal fitness challenges – this can include strength, flexibility, endurance etc!
Simply LISTEN to your body and how it is feeling. NOTE: Not all results are physical. How much better do you feel today?
What is health to you, Gorgeous Girl? Is it really a number on the scale OR is it glowing skin, electrifying energy, deep sleep, healthy eating and regular exercise (that you absolutely LOVE to wake up and do everyday)? I say the latter and I also say #SCREWTHESCALE! Who is with me?!