Are you one of those people who constantly weigh yourself?
Does that number on the scale determine your mood and what kind of day you have?
Have you ever thought that maybe it’s time to let go of the scale, that it’s not really doing much good?
Years ago I was scale obsessed, I wanted to reach a certain magical number and would jump on the scale all the time. I’d even weight myself before and after a run to see how it had changed! Wow, just writing that seems silly!!! Of course it would have changed, you run, you sweat, you lose fluid and your weight goes down. Is it fat loss? No, just some fluid but the number goes down so you feel better.
These days I’m lucky if I weigh myself once a month. Why, you may ask? To be honest, the scale is one of the worst measures of progress, I can tell just by looking in the mirror how my body is progressing and I can feel how my clothes fit.
Check out the pictures below, I’d say I might be about a kilo different in these pictures, maybe even the same weight and to be honest I hadn’t checked my weight in the yellow top photo for a while. As you can see there is a big difference in how I look but after years of weight training you’d hope so! What has happened is I’ve gained some muscle. The number on the scale hasn’t changed but I sure have shrunk in size and look much better. I also have to admit that in the before pic I was a serious fad dieter and I exercised HEAPS!!! I’d exercise before and after work, pretty much most days it was twice a day and at least two hours was spent training! I tried the low fat diet where I ate so much fruit because it was low fat, looking back I can see why that didn’t work (sugar overload, anyone!). I did Gloria Marshall where I’d have some shakes and lay on some funky machines, I did Weight Watchers where I ate so much bread I thought I’d gone to heaven. I did Sure Slim where I was banned from eating for 5 hours at a time and wasn’t really encouraged to exercise. Wow, I could keep going forever but the gist with ALL OF THESE DIETS and the constant weighing of myself is that I DID NOT GET THE RESULTS I WAS AFTER! It was only after implementing some serious weight training and truly challenging my muscles instead of hours of pump classes that I made some great changes. I also started EATING MORE, although it was more natural real food. I ate carbs, fats, protein, fruit and veggies and I started listening to my body!
After years of the fad diets and too much exercise, my body did pay a price!!! I experienced severe adrenal fatigue where my body stopped producing enough cortisol and it left me tired, carrying extra fat and feeling depressed! I suppose for me this was a huge wakeup call in terms of training and learning to listen to my body. I no longer push myself to the point of exhaustion and train smarter, not necessarily harder.
I suppose what I’m getting at is that you don’t have to be scale obsessed or train ridiculous amounts to get some great results. When you start working with your body instead of against it, it does amazing things.
So if you are a serious dieter and over trainer or simply scale obsessed, try taking a step back and look to see whether or not it’s working for you. If it’s not, maybe it’s time to make some changes. Start enjoying your training, eating to feel satisfied and DITCH THE SCALE!
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