So many things sparked me to write this blog post but the main reason was that early morning when I woke up feeling happy and proud of myself for maintaining my healthy habits. So I woke up and went to prepare my juices and fruits in the morning feeling really excited for my planned events later on in that day. I made breakfast for my husband and kids and I was so amazed by how I felt... I felt very light and had really high energy.
Below are 3 different examples as to why it's important to stay away from the scale once and for all...
Anyways, as I continued to prepare for our day, I decided why don't I weigh myself... I mean the scale is right here. I stepped on the scale and when I say that that ruined my entire day is an understatement. Looking at that number didn't matter how great I was feeling previously, not even my plans later on that day mattered. All of a sudden, I started feeling exactly like that number. It didn't matter how beautiful my husband told me I was, all I saw was that number. That number took control of my life in an instant; it didn't matter how much I exercised and ate healthy for the past several months. This is just one of my several scale experience.
Another scale experience was very recent. I had neglected my diet for the past several months dealing with stress and other family issues (I know, no excuses). Even though I neglected my diet, one thing that is always constant in my life are my juices. On a daily basis I drink 32-48 ounces of juices a day...it's a habit I have developed over the years. My day isn't right unless I have a juice, it gives me a bit of structure. Any who, even though I knew my diet wasn't up to par indulging in fries, vegan treats, eating late at night and going to bed (don't ever do this), dealing and coping with my depression...it was a lot for my body to handle. I am 5'9.5 or 5'10 and when I start weighing more than 180lbs my body starts to shut down. Joint pain will start and have suffered from lower back pain ever since giving birth to my children via C-sections so I know when I need to get my shit together and start paying close attention to my food. Our bodies have a way to communicate with us when something isn't right.
With that being said, let's continue. I woke up at 5:00 AM that morning with everyone still asleep I decided why not weigh myself. I got on the scale in the bathroom and it read 163lbs. I was like whaaaat...no way. I know I have been heavier now than I have been in years so I knew that this scale must me broken. I went on to bring the scale from the bathroom into the kitchen area in disbelief and to use a flatter surface, when I used that technique and got on the scale my weight was a whopping 206lbs. Although the first weight gave me a false sense of confidence, I knew the second weight was closer to how my body felt. I mean, I know when I am toxic and acidic and understood my body indicators so yes the scale can lie.
The last example is by far the most important one. last summer I had decided to try a few experiments regarding intermittent fasting. At the time my weight was about 172lbs, I wanted to track my progress as I experiment with a different eating patterns and switching up my exercise routine. I did that program for a month which I had created for myself and the results were mind-blowing. I looked so much leaner and more composed. My size 4/6 pants were fitting loser, my skin was glowing and I got lots of compliments from strangers. During that time I increased my caloric intake, did cardio in the morning for 30 minutes and weight training later at night. I looked and felt great. I decided to weigh myself to see what the scale would say and there wasn't any changes in my scale weight. Unbelievable right? I know!
Here are 5 reason why you should stay away from the scale
- A scale does not measure muscle density ( muscles weigh more than fat)
- Premenstrual Syndrome for women (I gain 10-15lbs of water weight every month due to water retention)
- Your weight can fluctuate easily and fast ( for me gluten does it for me. I can increase in mass up to 10lbs overnight)
- The scale can lie, it all depends on several factors (defecation, time of day, time of the month, how much water you drank etc)
- Letting a scale define you can create big problems for your weight loss progress; instead save a favourite pair of jeans that you once fit it as a guide to your journey.
How do you feel about ditching the scale all together? I am currently doing the 4 Weeks Complete Program and side from the first 7 days where I lost 10lbs I will not be weighing myself anymore throughout the rest of the program. I feel so amazing right now and I won't allow a scale to ruin my progress this far. Don't get me wrong, you can do weigh ins in 2 week intervals but obsessing over your weight can cause major issues mentally. Please Like, Comment and Share this post with your friends.