Every day, I wake up to messages from people who feel discouraged that the number on the scale isn’t budging.
As someone who used to measure progress on the scale, I know how frustrating this can be.
Day after day, you’re nailing your diet, hitting your workouts, and still nothing.
Why even bother, right? Why eat the chicken and broccoli? Why do the lunging and push-ups if nothing is going to change?
But here’s the thing — and what so many fail to realize — the scale is just ONE data point for measuring progress among many. And not a very good one at that.
Do you know what is?
HOW YOU FEEL.
Are you proud of yourself? Do you have a sense of accomplishment? Are you in a better mood? Decreased stress? Increased confidence?
And what about the physical changes?
Do you feel more energized? Are you getting stronger? Are your clothes fitting looser? Are others mentioning your weight loss? Do you look better in pictures?
Also, keep in mind, women in particular have massive scale weight fluctuates due to a whole slew of factors that can vary by up to 5.5 pounds per day (see previous posts on this topic). My most successful fitsquad members threw their scale away years ago.
It was hurting more than it was helping. If they saw a number they were happy with, they'd give themselves permission to eat a bit more, because yay! And if they saw a number they didn’t like, they'd get upset and want to quit.
Eventually, they got sick of the rollercoaster ride and turned their focus to mastering their daily process goals:
▪️3-4 meals per day, no mindless eating in-between
▪️protein and veggies in every meal
▪️3L of water daily
▪️lift weights 3-4 times weekly
And guess what happened?
The scale didnt changed much, but their body did.
If they were only using the scale as a marker for progress, they would have given up. Don’t let an arbitrary number prevent you from going after the life you truly desire.
✨ “Don’t despise small beginnings.” — @jennjohnson20 Written on my mirror as a reminder from when I went to Bethel Worship School in 2013.
Not only does it apply to music/worship and the steps in life I am taking on that path, it very much applies to every aspect of life. One step at a time. One day at a time. We can do this! 💖
Weight: 160lbs (-24 lbs)
Mood: Consistent and calm; stopped taking metaformin 2 days ago and I think it’s the way to go right now. It was giving me too many side effects that was ruining my day-to-day life and bleeding into my relationships. Sometimes you gotta ask yourself: “At what cost?” It’s okay to re-evaluate and take a break.
Learning daily. 💖
Through back to tanner and leaner days because I’ve been at work all day 😩
I’m not gunna lie I’m extremely STRESSED out right now. Trying to find time to get homework done and work full time is a struggle and it being the holiday season my hours are super long 🙃 but we are in the home stretch just gotta make it to Thursday 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
With the new year coming up one of my goals is to stress way less. It’s not good for your overall health and I can feel it physically take a toll on me. My acne flairs up along with eczema. It can also mess with your sleep and it’ll make it harder to lose weight. Just not a good state to be in regularly. -
Anywayssss I gotta go write a 15 page paper and study for a final so ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼
Well, it looks like it's time for another "first post." I started this account months ago to track my fitness journey, and have started and restarted it a few times.
So what makes this time different?
I can't say anything does, to be honest. I don't want to mislead you. I have quit before, and I could quit again. That is just how it is.
That said, I feel a different sort of motivation this time... I have reached the point where I WANT to change, for me. I have reached the point where I LIKE what I'm doing at the gym, or in the kitchen.
So, this time feels different in that I feel different myself.
After a few months in the gym, it's finally clicking together, what I like to do while I'm there. I like to row, I like to run, I like to box. I like to do bodyweight and yoga stuff at home, more than I like to do freeweights at the gym.
I like eating a pounds of zuchini every week, more than I like eating pounds of brownies or fast food.
It feels selfish to say it, but trying to get healthy for other people's sake so many times never clicked, but I think trying to get healthy for my own sake may have done it. But only time will tell.
Follow along with me, and we'll see together.