The Meaning of the Scale
by Rochelle Griffin
Many of us have a love/hate relationship with our scale. Often, based on the number that we see, we tend to define our self-worth. If it’s going in the direction we want, we feel good. If it’s not, negative self-talk may erupt. Look, I totally get it. My magic number for as long as I can remember was 140. Depending on which side of the number I’d find myself would determine how I’d speak to myself & feel that day. I still sometimes catch myself doing this. Today, let’s really look at this and decide if the scale is what we should be using to measure our progress on our health and fitness journey.
Scales are different. Have you ever noticed how you will weigh one number at home, another one at a store, and yet a different one at the doctor’s office? Many times scales are not calibrated correctly, resulting in inaccurate numbers. Pick one scale and use that one consistently. Make sure as well that your scale of choice is correctly zeroed.
Building muscle. If you have started a new fitness program or have increased the weight you are lifting, you will begin to build muscle. This process often starts to occur before you’ve burned off fat. As a result, you may see an increase on the scale, but in reality, your body is making some amazing changes. These changes will result in a tighter, thinner body.
Our body processes. Depending on what we’ve had to eat a day or two before, our scale may not be exactly telling us the truth. Did you eat something with a high sodium content? Are you constipated? Did you eat gluten? Women, where are you in your menstrual cycle? Did you have your flex meal & eat more than usual? All of these will result in transient increases in the scale but don’t represent a true picture of our body weight.
What time of the day is it? Huh…seriously? My reply is Yep. Weighing yourself after a strenuous workout will result in a different number than first thing in the am or last thing at night after you’ve eaten all day.
To truly document your progress over time, I’m going to share with you 3 secrets that WILL give you accurate data to rely on: pictures, a tape measure, & clothing.
1. Strip down to your undergarments, a workout outfit, or bathing suit and take the dreaded “before” pictures. No one ever likes it but the pictures tell the truth. Then continue to take pictures every 30 days in the same outfit. Compare side by side to see the changes.
2. Measure yourself weekly. Even though you are building muscle and may not be seeing changes in the scale, the tape measure will show you your progress.
3. Find a pair of jeans or a dress in your closet that is one size smaller than your current size. Try that garment on weekly to feel the changes.
Remember, one person can weigh 140 lbs. and be a size 10 and another person can weigh the same 140 lbs. yet be a size 4. It has to do with the ratio of muscle to fat.
So what have we concluded? Basically feel free to throw your scale out the window or smash it with a hammer. Well, nah, don’t be quite so dramatic. Instead consider your scale a tool…one of many that you have. Weigh yourself weekly (not daily…not twice a day) and remember that it’s just a number giving you information. Most importantly, remember that it’s not determining whether or not you are a good person or worthy of love. It’s already been determined that you are.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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