By Donnie DeSanti
You know those relationships that we hang on to, “sticking it out,” hoping that one day the outcome will change. Some days you feel good, but for the most part, you feel miserable. Well that bathroom scale is a bad relationship! Think of me as your close friend – the honest friend who speaks up – encouraging you to ditch that toxic relationship. It’s time to break up with your scale and move on.
The scale is stressing you out. It’s understandable to want to track results with numbers and see it get lower each day. Even the need to weigh yourself at a yearly physical or maybe once a month to see where you “weigh in,” but weighing yourself every morning or multiple times a day can be destructive. Your weight fluctuates throughout the day due to a variety of factors such as hormones, time of day, digestion, exercise, and how well you slept. Similar to that bad relationship, on a “good” day, you radiate confidence, but the minute the scale tips too much to one side, you find yourself cursing, swearing you will never eat again. Get off this roller coaster of emotions. The scale cannot track health. Sure, it is nice to lose a pound or two, but that doesn’t necessarily allude to better health.
The scale is lying to you. You hop on the scale and see you have lost one pound. “That’s it?” Right away you think you are not making any progress. Consider this, the next time you are at the grocery store, grab a pound of meat and place it on your body. It’s a big chunk of meat! Now imagine losing two or even three pounds of meat, that’s a lot to be proud of! Too often we are looking for that big number but missing out on the reality of how much a single pound really is. Also, the scale is not showing you how amazing you feel with more energy, deeper sleep, clearer skin, and increased strength. What a liar!
Chase health! Instead of playing the numbers game with the devious scale, your new goal is to be the healthiest version of yourself. Seek out real foods that give you the most energy and you enjoy eating. These foods will help your body to function at an optimal level and when that happens weight loss becomes a side effect.
Read those labels and get some sleep. You would be surprised how much sugar is in the food we eat. This is the biggest enemy to keeping you from losing weight. When trying to lose weight most everyone focuses on restricting calories and exercising more, but sleep is the secret sauce to weight loss and no one really gives much attention to it. If your sleep is struggling this is another reason why the scale is not moving much. Kick up your game and really focus on getting quality sleep at night. If your eating and sleep habits improve, you will be surprised how the scale will respond, even without grueling exercise.
Just move! Of course exercise is important, but not as important as we may think for losing weight. We don’t need to be killing ourselves in the gym, trying to burn off all these calories. Instead find some kind of movement in your life that you enjoy whether going for a walk, a hike, or even a bike ride. A little more active movement can make all the difference.
A picture’s worth 1,000 pounds. If you want a standard of measure for reassurance of your success, take a picture instead. Every month take a picture of yourself, the fewer clothes the better, to see how much transformation has happened. You will be shocked what a picture can tell you! You look at yourself every day so it is often hard to tell if you are getting anywhere. But overtime pictures next to each other can show some longterm results.
So tell your scale to hit the road. Move into a better version of yourself with healthy relationships instead. Don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself.
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