• Why You Should Throw Out Your Scale, CrossFit Magazines & Fundraising Tips

    May 2, 2013

    Hi, friends! 8-)

    After taking a class at the BARREroom yesterday morning, I ran some errands (reminder: Mother’s Day is next weekend) and then headed home for lunch.

    Lunch

    It was a beautiful day, so I decided to eat my lunch outside on our back porch.

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    Of course, the pug joined me outside. Doesn’t he look super buff and muscular in the photo below? It must be all of that CrossFit Dogs he does at 781.

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    For lunch, I finished off the rest of the Vegetarian Cottage Pie and read a magazine while I ate.

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    Snack

    A couple of hours after lunch, I had a serious craving for cookies. I actually needed (you like how I wrote “needed” there?) to make a batch of Meghan’s Almond Power Cookies for a blog post I’m writing next week, so I decided to make them. I really didn’t need to make them until sometime next week, but, hey, now I have photos of the cookies for my post, and I satisfied my cookie craving at the same time. Win-win.

    FYI: I loved Meghan’s Almond Power Cookies. I’ll be sure to share the recipe on CNC next week!

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    Dinner

    Last night’s dinner was Garlic Mustard Drumsticks with roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes. Simple, nutritious, delicious.

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    After dinner, I enjoyed a couple more Almond Power Cookies. Apparently, I was really in the mood for cookies yesterday.

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    Three Questions Thursday

    Happy Thursday! Here’s the next edition of Three Questions Thursday!

    My mom has been doing CrossFit here at our local gym for over a year, and before that was just working out and she LOVES it. Every time we get together she shares her workouts and workout stories before anything else. So I was looking to get her a subscription for a CrossFit magazine, but wasn’t sure what all was out there and so I thought I’d reach out to you to see if you read any or have any recommendations for one, maybe one geared more toward the ladies. Thanks!!!

    Here are a few magazine suggestions:

    I don’t subscribe to any of these magazines, but I’ve read a couple of issues of WOD Talk and The Box and really liked them. They seemed to have a great mix of both male and female-focused articles. I actually have a subscription to the CrossFit Journal, which is a completely online publication and really love it. I always find something interesting there, so I am just throwing it into the mix of recommendations!

    Did you gain weight when you started cross fit? When I was all upset about the scale last night my boyfriend told me to just stop weighing myself for a while because I may gain muscle in the beginning and I may actually gain before I lose. Just wondering what your take on that is?

    As far as my weight and CrossFit, I actually blogged about it a few weeks ago: How My Body Changed Since Starting CrossFit. And my best advice: Throw out your scale. Seriously. It doesn’t tell the whole story. Your scale shows you ONE number about your ENTIRE body. ONE. Think about that. It’s not telling you very much at all. For example, here just some of the things it doesn’t tell you:

    • How fast you can row 1000 meters
    • How much weight you can Push Press
    • Whether your skinny jeans fit
    • How ripped your arms look in a tank top
    • How happy (or not) you feel in your current body

    My advice, if you’re into numbers, pay attention to these ones instead:

    • Your 400 meter sprint time
    • The number of unbroken push-ups you can do
    • Your 1RM deadlift
    • How many vegetables you ate yesterday
    • The number of people who compliment your defined leg muscles

    You get what I’m dropping down? I guess what I am trying to say is that the scale doesn’t really give you valuable information. Ok, it shows weight loss progress as a whole, but there is SO much more to that progress as I mentioned above, which, personally, I find a lot more motivating and important than just a single number. I weigh 5-6 pounds more now than when I started CrossFit, but I’m happy to gain a few pounds on the scale in exchange for toning up, better-fitting clothing, and feeling great about my body.

    I’ve been meaning to get in touch about running an online bake sale as I committed to riding the PMC this year! I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Pan Mass Challenge, but I’ll be riding 163 miles over two days in August and raising $4300 to fight cancer (100% rider-raised funds go directly to Dana Farber Cancer Institute). Given the large fundraising component to this, I would love to organize an online bake sale like you’ve done for TNT and Team for Kids. Do you have any tips or advice from your experience?

    Yes, I do! Here’s a post I wrote about fundraising for TNT, which includes a section about hosting an online bake sale: How I Raised Money for Team In Training. It takes some organization and planning ahead of time, but it’s a great way to raise money. I hope this post helps, and please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!

    Question of the Day

    Do you own a scale? Why or why not?

    P.S. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a $100 VISA gift card! I will pick a winner tomorrow morning!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness May 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Those almond power cookies look so good! I do not own a scale. every time i think i want one, i go to my friends house, weigh myself and realize no, i do not want one. I used to be really skinny, but in an unhealthy way. now im in the best shape of my life, but heavier. for whatever messed up reason, seeing those numbers on the scale bums me out, so i try to avoid them.

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    Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I recently decided to throw out my scale too — so, as you can imagine, I appreciate your take on this matter! :) Also, thanks for the CrossFit magazine suggestions. I’d love to do CrossFit, but I can’t afford the gym memberships — so the magazines are a perfect solution. And, lastly, I’m looking forward to the cookie recipe, because those things look divine!

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    Stephanie @ Food Fit 4 Real May 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I own a scale but only weight myself once a week. This week I weighed myself after vacation and realized it was a bad idea. I already knew from the way that my pants fit that I had gained some weight but looking at the number on the scale made me panic. Throwing it out and focusing on my healthy habits again, thanks for the reminder that there are more important numbers to track!

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    Liz May 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I do not own a scale. And I never step on one. I know how hard it can be to resist seeing those little numbers in hopes that they went down, but as a weight lifter, I want the number to go up (more muscle=higher weight.) I measure my progress with a measuring tape every month. That tells me a lot more than that one number. Don’t let that number define you. Just as you said, that number can’t tell you anything but your weight in relation to gravity!

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    Emily May 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Yes yes yes on the no scale!! Ugh, it’s so outdated and a huge stressor. Your weight tells nothing of your composition, strength, or general health. My husband is scale-obsessed and it drives me crazy. He’s like, “I gained a pound last week even though I worked out every day” and I’m like, “Duh! You worked out ever day. It’s all muscle; did ya look in the mirror?”

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    Meghan@themeghamix May 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    We subscribe to both WODTalk and The Box Magazine. I love supporting anything CrossFit, but I have to say I find The Box far superior to WODTalk in terms of quality (better content, better writers, better layout).

    I don’t own a scale. There is one at the gym, so I weigh myself once a week, but I mostly do it so I can plug the correct number into our body fat calculator. I have even considered skipping all of it since I am making so much progress in CrossFit and feel like the CrossFit numbers encourage me, but often my body fat % gets me down cause it is higher than I’d like…and then I think – that’s dumb; I look better than I ever have and I feel great…who cares?

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    Devonshire May 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I do own a scale. I think it’s important to know your weight, but not to obsess over it. I weigh myself once a week. But i also use how my clothes fit and how i feel to gauge my health, fitness and weight loss. I think a combo of all those is a healthy approach.

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    Kelly@BalancedDaily May 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I definitely don’t weigh myself as much as I used to. Now I understand the concept that its way more about how you feel and how you fit into clothes that should determine what you think about your body. I definitely saw improvements in my body from CrossFit, but figured I would be gaining muscle so I stayed away from the scale.

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats May 4, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I don’t own a scale as it messes with my head too much. I do weigh myself at the gym but generally only once a month rather than too often just as like you said it doesn’t tell the whole story.

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    Jelena@FabLifePhD May 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I do own a scale and I weight every morning. The main reason: if I get a chocolate episode in the evening, I will see slight change in the morning and know that I should not repeat it

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    Lyna James May 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I own a scale and weigh myself like twice a month, why do I have to weigh myself too often? I see myself everyday in the mirror, I am FIT :)

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    Jen May 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I do own a scale, but it’s just one number to me. I look at everything overall: my waist size, my 1RMs, my blood pressure…

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    katie May 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I love your advice on throwing out the scale! When I tell people what I weigh, most times they don’t believe me. They think it’s way too much for my body frame. When I was young I was a gymnast and solid muscle and struggled with the number on the scale. Now I can honestly say I have no idea how much I weigh and I am the healthiest I have ever been! I love to workout and eat healthy. I use these as indicators, instead of the number on the scale, to feel good about myself!

    http://sheer-serendipity.com/2013/05/30/another-late-night-workout/

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