I weigh 8 pounds MORE in the photo on the right

I weigh 8 pounds MORE in the photo on the right. ⁠⁠
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It just goes to show you that the number on the scale is ONE measure of progress, not THE measure of progress.⁠⁠
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For years I would wake up, strip down, and step on the scale. I would note if I was the same, less, or (gasp!) more than I was the morning before.⁠⁠
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If I was less, I’d celebrate!⁠ If I was more, well, clearly, I’d messed up somehow.⁠⁠
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But what did I mess up?⁠⁠
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I ate right, I exercised, I drank water, I got my rest.⁠⁠
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What was I doing wrong?⁠⁠
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Obsessing about the number on the scale was what I was doing wrong! ⁠⁠
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You see, scale weight is only ONE measure of progress. And weight is fluid. It changes literally minute to minute.⁠⁠
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Scale weight is influenced by so many things including hormones, amount of food consumed, water retention, frequency of bowel movements, stress levels, lactic acid in the muscles… I could go on.⁠⁠
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To fixate on the number and not take into account all the other ways you’re improving, is selling yourself short.⁠⁠
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Here are great things to focus on, other than scale weight, to track and celebrate your progress:⁠⁠
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Improved strength⁠⁠
Measurements⁠⁠
The way your clothes fit⁠⁠
Stamina and endurance⁠⁠
Stress level⁠⁠
Getting quality sleep ⁠⁠
Feeling happier⁠⁠
Increased confidence⁠⁠
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If you stepped away from the scale and took a look at the many, many other aspects of your health journey, what would you see? What are some of the non-scale related ways you track progress for yourself?⁠⁠
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Remember: The number on the scale says nothing about you as a person. ⁠⁠❤️

3 Comments

  1. Thank you for this reminder. I was shocked and devastated when I stepped on the scale at the doctors office (which was digital btw) and my weight was 10-12 lbs over what it normally is. I couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t changed anything in my diet, but I have been doing less cardio and more strength training. I also know that I have been having water retention issues the past few months—one of the reasons I have cut back on cardio because I think overtraining may be a factor (something else you have talked about:)

  2. Tina,
    Thank you for the reminder that the scale does not determine or fitness accomplishments. It’s nice to see the scale go down (or up for some!) but that doesn’t always correlate to how we feel in our own skin. I think a lot of women, including myself, use that number as a gage for their self worth. Not true! We are so, so much more than the numbers that pop up on a scale.

  3. Yess! I used to weigh myself every day and it was not helpful at all! I try to weigh myself less and less now. And see how infrequently I can do it. The scale is only 1 metric and there’s so much more important ones that contribute to health.

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