You’re probably tired by now of people telling you it’s not about the scale, it’s not about the numbers, it’s about what you feel inside.
Sorry to tell you — I’m one of those annoying people. You are not bound by the weighing scale, what it says when you’re fully dressed or nude, or by BMI charts or ideal weight ranges. Someone in the “healthy range” could be in just as much danger of falling into depression because of the unhealthy, negative way she views herself. Someone in the “obese” range may be a successful triathlete with heavy muscles compared to her peers in her height range. It IS what you feel about yourself that counts, and how healthy you are when you first open your eyes in the morning, before the force of gravity even takes a conscious effect on you and your way of thinking. Despair and negativity weigh more than a positive, focused attitude.
But hear me out first, okay?
The most obvious sign of “success” in weight loss is, in fact, that number on the scale. For some, whether you’re having a good day or a bad day, things are stressful or you just got back from vacation and are nice and chill and relaxed — what the scale says determines where you are now and how far you have to go. And I get it, I’ve been there! I remember saying to myself “Well I know the scale doesn’t matter, but I’m 5’2 and 170lbs, and whether I feel good or not, I shouldn’t be 170lbs at my height.” And if you’re thinking somewhere along those lines then know that I understand and agree that it’s a totally legit way of looking at your situation.
My advice to you is this: Use the scale as your FRIENDLY TOOL. You know how if someone treats you crappy and makes you feel like, well… “crap” (insert your favorite word there if you must) — what do you do? You decide they’re no good for you. You stop accepting their invitations. You stop communicating with them. You basically start to cut them out of your life, right?
Well maybe not everyone. But you get my drift, right?
Use the scale as your partner in this weight loss journey. Refer to it when you need a little support, but take negative feedback with a grain of salt and don’t take it so seriously! Use it to your advantage, only when it helps spur you FORWARD in your weight loss journey. You’ll lose weight eventually, no matter what that scale says from day to day.
Focus on your goal! How will you get there?
Well the only way you get there is one pound at a time. Actually it’s more like one tenth of a pound at a time, if you have a digital scale like I do. And everyone has their own ways of staying motivated or focused on their goal. And to be honest, you really shouldn’t be losing any more than 2 lbs per week if you’re doing it in a healthy way.
So, should you weigh yourself every day? Here are some ways to see where you fit.
You should NOT weigh yourself every day if:
- You tend to eat for comfort in difficult situations
- You dread the number that will come up on the scale, whether you’ve had a good week or bad week
- You have negative thoughts about yourself before you even step on the scale
- You feel like a failure if it goes any way but down
- You don’t have before and after photos of yourself
- You don’t have written measurements of your chest, arms, waist and hips when you first started
- You have ever lost more than 3 lbs in one week with past diets, programs, or weight loss techniques
You SHOULD weigh yourself every day if:
- You work out regularly, 4 times a week, minimum
- You love how you feel after you work out, even if you’re sore and tired
- You are in this weight loss journey for the long haul, not for short term success
- You don’t feel off track when the scale goes up
- You have already taken your before and after measurements
- You’ve set small-scale, non-edible rewards for yourself for when you hit a certain number
- You have photos of yourself from all angles (front, back, side, facing 45 degrees off center)
- You are generally positive thinking when it comes to your chances of success
The scale is your FRIEND! Don’t let it run or ruin your life. Use it to HELP you on your journey to success.
So tell me!
How often do you weigh yourself? What is your relationship with your weighing scale? Comment below or join the conversation on facebook!
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