Scales can be a real mind f**k, an emotional trigger, a misleading measure and a real detrimental health habit!
Please don’t let them determine your success or solely guide your results while on your journey to health.
There are so many other ways that will encourage you to keep going, tell you that you are on the right track, show you are improving your overall health while making yourself fitter, stronger, leaner and happier.
What we need to do instead of weighing ourselves on the scales every morning is take note of all the little signals and different milestones we are actually achieving along the way. The signs that are telling us that the way we move in this world is getting easier, the ones that are showing us our overall wellbeing is improving, taking note that our favorite pair of jeans are feeling comfier, that we are no longer feeling tired when we wake up in the morning, the glow our clear skin is now giving off, the further we are walking or running without having to stop for a rest, the easier it gets to climb the stairs at work, the lighter our kids feel when lifting them, the longer it takes for us to anger, the less irritable we are when things are not going to plan, the happier we feel for more of the day, the positive eyes we know see people and situations with, the good choices we are naturally making with food and exercise, the day to day activities and choices that become easier because we are getting fitter, stronger and creating new habits.
The scales do not always reflect this and still we jump on them hoping to see a certain number and when we don’t, we get upset, we get angry with ourselves, we feel let down, all these negative Usually we give up on our goals, on ourselves, emotional eating and or drinking kicks in, we do what we can to throw ourselves off the wagon well and truly, reversing all the good work we had just reached in all the areas the scales cannot measure.
One instance for me recently at the gym I had jumped on the scales, the numbers quickly raced up to 76.5 kgs (I’m normally 72-73 kgs) and a fleeting thought of “oh you bloody fatty! Too many burgers and wine lately!” passed by, I could have held onto that number and let it really bring me down, in the past I would have even thought “oh well you not at your goal and you not far from 80 kgs so you may as well keep going with the burgers and wine!” and probably left the gym! But now I am able to quickly dismiss it, I forget the number and don’t allow myself to hold onto it, I don’t let those scales and what they read emotionally effect me. I know I’m able to do this because I’ve practiced and practiced to do so, I’ve created new thought patterns around what a set of scales mean to me and now I use the number as nothing more than a little guide of focus.
The scales don’t tell me that my shoulders and arms are getting stronger because I can now pump out 20 push ups in a row, it doesn’t tell me that I can hold a handstand longer because my core strength has improved or that I have now found my booty muscles and now engage them in so many more exercises!
The scales don’t tell you that you are now more aware of the vibes and energy you bring into a room and have made a conscious change towards positivity, or that you now practice deep breathing to control how often you fly off the handle and scream at your kids or that the whites of your eyes are now brighter and full off happiness.
These are real signs of progress and exciting ways of knowing you are on the right track with your journey!
Don’t give up, keep making good food choices, nourish your body, keep active, rest well, stay hydrated and always eat more greens!
And most of all – Ditch the scales and pay more attention to YOU!