Do you ever wake up in the morning, run to the scale, weigh-in, and either do a joyful dance because you are at your “happy weight” or slump your shoulders and look for your fat clothes because you gained a pound? For women, the scale has a powerful control over us and can dictate how we feel about ourselves and our progress on a weightloss program.
To show my own preoccupation with the scale, here is just a few samples of how the scale has ruled my life in the past:
– Since I was nine years old I have journaled in some fashion. At least 95% of those journal entries started with what I weighed that day or how I was starting a diet.
– During my last bout with losing weight I weighed in every morning, at lunch to see how much food I could have at dinner, and then again before bed to brace myself for any swings in the morning. Sick.
– Once I threw away my scales for a few months. Finally when my clothes no longer fit I went and bought a new one. I had gained 20 pounds. 🙁 No accountability.
So, how do you strike a healthy relationship with the scale? Before I get into my tips just know that none of them will work overnight. If you currently are ruled by that number every morning it will take a few months of redefining your relationship. Eventually you’ll find yourself accepting of the weight and you’ll be able to use the number as it is intended…ONE measure of success; not the ONLY measure of success.
– Hide your scales! Sounds ridiculous, but many weeks Chris had to just take them away for the week so that I could get in touch with my body and not with the number. Only get it out on your weekly weigh-in.
– Learn why your body weight changes. Research all the things that go into that number on the scale…sodium, stress, muscle building, period, ovulation, muscle repair, and many other things make the scale go up and down. The more you know about how unreliable that number can be the more you can put the number in perspective. Example: I gain two pounds for two days after every leg workout. It’s just a fact of life. I work them hard, they swell up, retain water, and it takes two days to flush it out. That two pounds is as reliable as my son waking up at 2:30 a.m. to get in bed with us. 🙂
– Use other indicators of success like: inches lost, lowered resting heart rate, lowered blood pressure, body fat % dropping, and reduction in BMI. The more ways you have to map out your success the happier you will be.
I wish you well in your scale saga.
Daily Workout: Chest (first day of advanced weight training)
Superset One: 4 sets
Sideways Pushup Walk
Pushup Bench Walkovers
Pushup Pop Ups
Superset Two: 4 sets
Single DB Presses
Single DB Flyes
Superset Three: 3 sets
Bearcrawls (4 sets)
1/2 way Pushup Pumps
I’m already dying in the shoulders and chest. Tomorrow’s arm day should finish off the upper body pain. 🙂
Daily Cardio: I did two cardio routines from my new Cardio Directory going on sale this evening off this website. I’m so excited! Rump Buster 30 min. and 20 min. Around the World finished off with 10 minutes of walking. Both are treadmill routines. It was challenging especially for 6:00 a.m.!
Daily Food Journal:
B – Oatmeal, grapefruit
S – EAS Shake
L – SBD Pizza
S – 2 tbsp of peanut butter
D – Tuna Wrap and sugar snaps
S – Sherbet