Never Tie Your Emotions to a Number on the Scale !
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Because there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.
I've seen so many posts from members who are distraught that the scale isn't moving when they've been so good. They want to know what they are doing wrong. Well, they really aren't doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. Because our weight is not a static number and fluctuates for many different reasons, a person should find other ways to measure their success. Which is what I did when I decided I wanted to lose weight and become healthier all those years ago.
When I decided I needed to make a change, I didn't use the scale to measure my success. Instead, I used a pair of pants that I wanted to fit. I did this because in past, I knew I was very obsessive about what the scale said. Not so long ago, I used to weigh myself every day basing my day on what the scale said. One pound up, bad day. One pound down, good day. That wasn't healthy and I can't tell you how long I spent yo-yo dieting because I was too concerned about my weight and not my health.
To begin, I weighed myself once for my starting weight and said that I would NOT weigh myself again until I fit those pants. When I tried on the pants, I couldn't even hike them above my hips. that was pretty embarrassing. I knew I would be losing weight if I could put them on.
So, for the first about 4 months, I watched what I ate, I exercised and each week I put on the pants to see how I was doing. Slowly but surely they started inching up my hips. Before long I could button them. I couldn't breathe, but I could button them ! Eventually, I could comfortably wear those pants.
That's when I decided to get on the scale. I'd lost 37 pounds and was thrilled ! I couldn't believe it. So, you don't need the scale to know if you're making a difference or not. I let those pants be my guide to whether or not I was making a change. That was over seven years ago and I did go on to lose more weight.
Today, I refuse to weigh myself because I don't want to be judged by my weight. There really is more to my good health than what the scale says. I am fitter today than I was over 20 years ago, but I'm also heavier. You know what ? That doesn't matter. I may have been thin back then, but I wasn't fit. Today, I am fit. My health and fitness is more important than what the scale says.
This is why I want to tell all the members who feel bad about what the scale says to not worry !! Find other ways to gauge your success as you lose. Remember, the scale can't tell you how many push ups you can do. The scale can't tell you how fast you can run or walk a mile. The scale can't tell you if you have more endurance. The scale can't tell you if you can bench over 100 pounds. the scale can't tell you your blood pressure. All the scale tells you is what your bones, muscles, blood, intestines, flesh, breakfast, lunch, water, waste, etc... all weigh on any given morning. So, don't let the scale determine how your day will be !!!
Yes, it is important to maintain a healthy weight. But know this, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.
Don't be afraid to ditch the scale and weigh yourself less often. As you can see by my own results, you don't need the scale to know if you're making a difference.