Friday, July 24, 2015

3 Reasons Why the Scale Sucks

When I first started this weight loss journey, I weighed myself EVERY DAY.  I always weighed at the same time each morning and I took off all clothes, jewelry, hair-ties, and maybe even spit into the sink before stepping on that demon machine. ;)
I realized that I had an unhealthy relationship with the scale when I did my first Whole30 last September.  Part of the program is NOT weighing yourself because the scale cannot measure the healthy changes your are making in your life.  #truth  I can remember wanting SO bad to weigh myself...almost as much as I wanted to eat #allthedonuts!  After the month, I felt so empowered.  I didn't have to wake up every morning and weigh because my mood didn't need to be determined by a number.

Here's my top 3 reasons the SCALE SUCKS!

1. Because it screws with your mind

I could literally be the happiest unicorn in all the land and the minute I step on the scale and see the number go up or even stay the same...BOOM! I'm turned back into a donkey complete with a bad mood and a horrible body image.  The opposite goes for if I see the number go down.  I pretty much spray glitter from my extremities...I'm THAT excited. It was a roller coaster ride each day.

An inanimate object should not do this to us!  A scale sometimes has the control over me that I just think is unhealthy.  Do you really want the scale to tell you if your day is going to be a good do or a bad day?

2. Because it's never actually correct

I used to weigh myself every single morning.  Haven't you noticed that you can lose and gain 2 or 3 pounds in one day? Well folks, that's not really you losing or gaining FAT.  It's mostly water and it can be dependent on what you ate that day, exercise, urination, hydration, etc.  The fluctuation on the scale DROVE ME BAT-SHIT CRAZY and in the end, it wasn't really my true weight!  Can you relate?

3.  Because, this. 

On the left- cruise in 2014
On the right- cruise in 2015

These two pictures have really NO WEIGHT DIFFERENCE. But, on the right- I can see a smaller waist, stronger legs, and definition in my arms.  Can you see it?
I honestly have worked my butt off this past year. I've eaten healthy and pushed myself in the gym. I feel like it has shown in this picture, but you wouldn't see that on the scale.  It would say the same number.   Now don't go and say "muscle weight more than fat"....UM NO.  15 pounds of muscle weighs the same as 15 pounds of fat (it's like the brick and feather questions). The difference is HOW 15 pounds of muscle looks compared to that 15 pounds of fat.  Muscle looks better, duh. :)

There are so many other ways to measure your progress toward a healthy and happy life.
1. Your smile
2. Your stable energy levels
3. Your clear skin
4. Your loose pants
5. Your muscles
6. Your PR at the gym
7. Your endurance
8. Your painted toenails (because you can now bend over)
9. Your crossed legs (I could not do that before)
10. Your positive self-talk