Scale Obsession

Scale Obsession

The scale…sometimes I want to take that thing and throw it as far as possible.  Some days it is my best friend.  I know that feeling.  I’ve been there and have allowed the scale to determine my perception of progress.  I am here to tell you—that little piece of metal and plastic is merely a device to collect data and I want you to get to the point that you can agree.  Did you hear that?  A tiny little device can determine your mindset for the day?  That is over…starting NOW!

When you embark on a nutritional journey or program you have to find a way to assess the outcome.  The scale is easy.  It doesn’t judge you subjectively, it gives you concrete, black and white data every single morning.  You can’t talk it into subtracting some digits, or adding them.  Instead, its’ consistency day to day can give you some extremely useful information.  However, the scale alone is not your greatest indicator of progress. Understanding and taking time to assess and celebrate your other progress indicators is key to your physical AND mental success.

Health

Uhh–I know shocking, right?  Your own health is a serious indicator of success.  How do you feel when you eat, after you eat?  Are you eating quality foods or falling victim to taste all the time?

What’s your overall health panel like?  Having a baseline of health history to judge against once you embark on a nutritional journey provides so much great insight into your health.  There is more to “health” than we can actually see with our eyes.

Food Awareness

I use the term “food awareness” with my clients all the time.  It is honestly one of the tools I find most valuable to people in their sustainable relationship with food.  It is taking time to understand a nutritional label, not just read it.  It is using that information and applying it to their own life and nutritional goals.  If you have gained that ability through a nutritional program then that is a HUGE indicator of nutritional success.

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Athlete or not, you perform in some way in your life.  Maybe it is having enough energy to keep up with your kiddos or being able to climb ladders to install light fixtures, you have to perform everyday in life.  And I know you want to do it well.  How you feel during this performance is a huge indicator of success.  Do you barely have enough energy to get by or are you ready to take on the world still late in the day?

Being in control of your intake in order to perform at the top of your game feels so good.  Sometimes you don’t even realize your performance is lackluster until you take time to document it, reflect on it and make changes towards improving it.

Composition

The real change that is important is what you see in the mirror not what the scale says.  I encourage before and after pictures to all my clients. And no–they don’t have to be shared in social media for the entire world to see.  Instead, they are your own private progress indicator that can truly show your body transformation.

Confidence

Confidence trumps composition any day in my opinion (if you haven’t read my post about it, it is worth your time.)  Gaining the ability to love you for you, the body you walk with everyday and the power to ignore those that think otherwise is a gift of maturity.  This confidence in my opinion is really the greatest indicator of your success.

Sometimes we slave over food prep, plan everything perfectly and think “Yes–this is the week for some awesome weight loss!”  Then you step on that scale and you are in total denial.  Up a freakin’ pound?  You’ve got to be kidding me!”  Trust me-I know that statement all too well because clients send me that frantic email all too often.

It is virtually impossible to control all the variables that play a part of weight loss.  The sheer error in tracking intake, changes in daily expenditure, efficiency in energy creation and absorption, training recovery, gastrointestinal fluctuations and the list goes on.  It takes some serious scientific equipment to even get a close gauge of your personal expenditure.

 

Way Back…Back into Time

Take yourself back to your freshmen year of high school and basic science.  You spent time learning about data correlation and trending way back then (trust me you did..I taught this course for 10 years and not much has truly changed).  You learned that data collection can be all over the place.  Plotting points on a  graph often reflects ups and downs over time.  It’s the overall trend, or you may remember the “line of best fit” that truly shows your scale trends.  That is why collecting that scale data is key.  It gives us a whole bunch of data points for which to assess long term changes.

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When you step on that scale I want you to see it as merely data collection.  Don’t give it the power to control your destiny that day.  Celebrate and take note of all of those other successes you are having through your journey; the compliment someone gave you about how great you are looking, how freakin’ awesome you felt after or during a workout last week, your decrease in cholesterol and how you feel about yourself right now!

 

Work Hard Be Kind,

AWalk

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