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Why I Ignore My Scale

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… my scale is under my sink collecting dust.  I haven’t weighed myself in months.  Some of you may wonder why this is the case.  Now, I don’t do this because I think the scale is the devil or because I’m afraid of it.  I do this because I decided to start measuring my health and wellness on more than just a number.  Stay with me here and let me explain…

Ok, so YES, when you get a program it asks you to weigh yourself and take your measurements.  You know what, you probably SHOULD do that.  I encourage you to have that starting point on record so that you can look back at how far you’ve come.  When I got started back in 2004 I surely did that.  I’m glad I did that too, because it was having that info that helped me win $1000 in The Beachbody Challenge for my results.  If you want to enter The Beachbody Challenge, you do need to take those before measurements so that you have them for comparison sake later on.  Here’s the thing, though… I don’t want you to obsess over that number.

A lot of people hop on the scale a bit too often, in my opinion.  We could be doing great.  We feel great.  Our clothes fit better.  We feel super confident in our own skin!  Then we step on the scale.  The number isn’t where we think it should be.  All of a sudden, all of those great feelings go away and we are back to bashing ourselves over a simple little number.  We forget how great we felt.  We forget how our clothes were fitting.  We go from thinking we look fabulous to seeing a former image of ourselves in the mirror instead.  Then, in some cases, we decide to punish ourselves by working out too much and eating too little.  The stress our body goes through only makes matters worse.

We need to choose to love our bodies.  We need to take our journey in fitness because we want to take care of ourselves, not punish ourselves.

So, I stopped weighing myself regularly.

In my case, I’ve been battling thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) for a few years now.  My thyroid is getting attacked by my immune system, and weight started to creep on.  I started to get more tired.  So many things were bringing me down.  Then, I let the scale bring me down too.  I was obsessing over that number and kept comparing myself to where I was before I started having issues with my thyroid.  What I failed to look at was me, now.  I wasn’t taking care of me.  Once I stopped obsessing over the scale and started focusing on eating and working out to feel better and gain control of my body and symptoms again I started to feel better.  Now, I have no clue what I weigh.  I know that I see more definition in the mirror again.  I know that my fellow trainers at work are telling me I’m losing weight.  You know what, though?  I don’t care anymore.  I FEEL better, and that’s the most important thing to me.

I’m not saying that this way of doing things is the only right way… I’m just saying that it’s one way to go about it.  So, if you’ve been obsessing and it hasn’t been helping, perhaps try stepping away from that scale for a bit and focus on how what you are doing makes you FEEL instead.  Does that food you are eating make you feel bad?  Don’t eat it.  Does it make you feel good?  Keep it in your diet!  Does alcohol make you feel like crap?  Don’t drink it!  Does extra water make you feel good?  Keep it up!

What’s something you can do to make your mindset better in this journey?

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