I thought I could make it work…
I’ve had this on and off relationship over the years.
And one day I woke up and finally realized I was being lied to.
That just one little word from his mouth could ruin my day or make me feel worthless.
This relationship just wasn’t going to work!
If I was ever going to feel good about how I looked and how I felt, I had to end this damaging relationship.
So, I kicked him to the curb…
…my scale that is!
The truth is scales generally do more harm than good and today I challenge you to give your scale the boot.
Not hide it or put it in the closet until later, but…
Dump it. Smash it. Break it. Toss it in the garbage.
Scales are psychologically damaging.
Scales can often leave you feeling worthless and like a failure.
They can even ruin your entire day and allow negative thoughts to creep in.
You work so hard to exercise and eat better and the next thing you know you’ve actually gained a pound, so you think, “Why not just give up at this point?”
These negatives thoughts and emotions are very discouraging and can kill your motivation and momentum, even when you’re actually making some amazing progress.
So rather than giving yourself a pat on the back for working so hard and creating healthy habits, you step on the scale and instead start talking negatively to yourself.
You may tell yourself that you’re a failure and that all your efforts were a waste of time. It may even lead you to give up.
It does to me and to many others so you’re not alone!
Scales are misleading.
Weight loss is not always the same as fat loss.
Scales weigh so many more things like water, muscle, or if there’s food in your belly.
I can’t tell you how many times clients come in excited because their clothes fit loser, they have more energy, and they are doing exercises they never thought they could, only to step on the scale and suddenly feel defeated.
Well here’s the real scoop:
If your clothes are fitting loser then you’re losing fat, no matter what the stupid scale says.
Here’s an example:
One time I gained 8 pounds after eating a Five Guys cheeseburger and fries. I think I had a soda too.
8 pounds of fat = 28,000 calories
Five Guys is calorie dense…no doubt…but I definitely didn’t eat that many calories.
What really happened is that my body was just overloaded with sodium and so it held onto water.
Within a few days, I was back to my original weight.
So in the long run I gained 0 pounds, but I could have easily let that 8 lbs get to me and binge eat for the rest of the week, undoing a lot of hard work leading up to eating Five Guys.
This is an extreme example, I know, but it shows you the huge impact that just ONE little meal can have on our scale number.
So here’s my challenge to you…
Allow yourself to focus on how you really feel, feelings of being strong or energetic, rather than letting a scale tell you how you should feel.
And as a result, you’ll feel amazing and lose fat as a natural side effect of focusing your attention on just making healthy choices.
So, are you up for the challenge to break-up with your scale?