Our Love – Hate Relationship With Our Bathroom Scale
I am fairly sure we all know this feeling.
The scale draws us as we are hoping ever so much for the number to go down. We hesitate, because what if it goes up instead?
Mustering up some resolve, and telling ourselves it doesn’t matter, we go ahead and step onto the scale.
The number is UP, and there goes the whole day. Because it DOES matter, at least in our minds.
We feel like a failure, and just want to give up any idea of trying to conquer this weight beast.
And the funny thing is, despite all I have learned about nutrition and healthy eating and wellness, despite all the reasons I know I should not use this THING on my bathroom floor – I still to this day step on it and get my morning measurement first thing.
More on this to come, right now let’s take a break and have some fun!
I really want you to get some perspective on your scale for a minute.
Check out this entertaining “rant” video by Sean Croxton in my previous post titled Ten muscle building mistakes – Bonus for scalers (kill your scale). Sean can be found at undergroundwellness.com
The video is near the bottom of the post, but you can just watch it below as well.
When the scale sucks: 7 better ways to know if your nutrition plan is working.
I am linking below to an article titled “When the scale sucks: 7 better ways to know if your nutrition plan is working” which is originally published at PrecisionNutrition.com by Alex McMahon, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and founder of evolvenutritionaltherapy.com. Alex practices individualized nutrition in Portland Oregon helping clients achieve optimal health and lose fat using whole foods, nutritious movement and lifestyle adjustments.
Alex will give you 7 much better markers to track than that “number” on the bathroom scale.
These markers are about finding small “wins” every day to motivate you in your efforts, such as whether you feel better with a good energy level or eating a healthier meal which leaves you more satisfied and not feeling like you’re still hungry.
The bottom line: look for positive encouragement, however small.
If you are making changes (even small ones) and they are continuing to build each on the one before, you will start to notice these signs that your journey is on the right track.
Which is a good thing and a real reason for you to “give yourself a high five” and just keep right on going until you reach that goal you have in your mind of the “real” you dying to come out.
I mentioned above that I still weigh every morning. I do this because I am a “data” junkie and I assign a lot less emotion into the number as I understand the big fluctuations it can have.
Every day goes on my spreadsheet and I am looking at these numbers as weekly and monthly averages – these average numbers are my “early warning” that my energy balance may be getting too positive and changes are needed. For more on this perspective, you will find my prior post titled “Measuring Weight Vs. Body Composition” to be enlightening.
Also, in the article below they discuss the Precision Nutrition coaching program. I am certified as a Precision Nutrition Level One Nutrition Coach and will be offering access to this amazing program before the first of the new year. You will have the opportunity to try this on for size at a really low monthly price which anyone can easily fit into a budget.
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Enjoy the article, and here’s to your health.