When I first began my journey to become a healthier and better me the scale was my best friend. I started counting calories, logging every meal, and weighing myself weekly to be sure I was on the right track. This strategy worked for me and I stuck to it for a couple of years. Every Tuesday morning I would get on the scale and those little numbers would flash at me letting me know if I was keeping up with my goals. The scale told me my weight in numbers but it did not tell me the things I needed to know which I would later learn.
Each Person Is Unique: What a person weighs is a number that is individual to themselves. There is such a stigma put on people about what you "should" weigh, the ideal weight. Yes, there is an ideal weight for each person. That number is for that person and no one else. I may be the same height as my friend, we may be the same age, but that does not mean our bodies are the same at all. Be sure that you are comfortable with your weight. Check in with a doctor or nutritionist if you question what your target weight should be. Never go with what your friend weighs or a chart tells you you should weigh.
It's Better To Be Fit Than Skinny: Those damn numbers again! It is exciting when we see the scale go down. You need to be sure that in an effort to lose weight you are doing so in a healthy manner. When I initially lost weight I was focusing on what I was putting into my body. Then when I started to exercise and strength train on a regular basis I gained weight. I was still in the same size pants, I wasn't eating more, it was that I was in better shape and building muscle. It was hard to see the scale go up, I will not lie about that. In time I realized that those numbers were not important. When I looked in the mirror I could be proud of the work I put into being fit. No scale was going to take that away from me.
It's A Roller Coaster: Up and down and down and up. You can weigh yourself everyday, every week or once a month. Your weight is going to fluctuate! It is frustrating especially when you are trying with so much effort to reach a certain goal. I get it! Once you reach your goal try this, put your scale away. There are going to be vacations, Holidays and times when you slip up. Not every week is going to be perfect. I am not saying to never weigh yourself, it is important to stay on track, Maybe just not weigh yourself as often. Try this, instead of focusing on a number, focus on how you feel. Focus on your energy level, your exercise routine and the things you put into your body. Eat clean and wholesome foods and choose healthy alternatives whenever you can. Yes, it is okay to indulge. It is different for everyone yet for me keeping the balance is allowing myself a cheat day. This may not work everyone and some choose to not even tempt themselves. Do what is best for you.
Numbers Are Not Who You Are: No matter what you weigh here is something important to remember: The scale does not define who you are as a person. You are strong, beautiful, handsome, and amazing! It is not always easy to see it and certainly not something that we always feel. Do not get lost in your fitness journey. Embrace it and strive for a healthier you. Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are worth it. Be patient and know that the work takes time and effort. You can reach your goals and will as long as you stay committed.
It is important to be healthy and live a lifestyle that exemplifies this. It is also important to be good to yourself, to take care of yourself, and love yourself.
I bought a really nice scale over two years ago. I can probably count on both hands how many times I have stepped on it since the day I got it. I no longer get caught up in the numbers because that is all they are. Those numbers do not define me, don't let them define you!
“Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the
significance of your life and the purpose of your passion. You are
strong enough to sit in the space between spaces and allow divine
inspiration to shed some light. When you put positive energy and
productive effort into the world it will come back to you. Occasionally
in ways you might not immediately understand and on a time frame you
didn’t expect. Look. Listen. Learn. Stay open. Your destiny is awaiting
you.” ~ Jillian Michaels
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