Weight doesn’t measure how you feel in your own skin. Weight doesn’t measure the gratification you get from KNOWING you are doing everything in your power to get healthy, fit, STRONG, in your mind, body, and soul. Weight doesn’t measure how far you can push yourself in your journey. Weight doesn’t measure the fact of KNOWING you are killing it everyday!
There comes yet another point in life where you do weigh everyday but that number doesn’t mean “you failed” yourself if you’re up a pound. Allow me to let you in on a little secret. That number is just a number and it doesn’t mean a thing! It doesn’t define you, it doesn’t represent your worth, and here’s the best part: no one else will know what that number is unless you actually tell them! For all you know people could think you weight 10 pounds less that what you are. It’s just a perception. How YOU FEEL should be the only thing that matters. Do your clothes fit? Are you healthy? Do you feel confident in your own skin? If you answered yes to those questions, but for some crazy reason that dreaded number controls how you ultimately measure your progress, then maybe, you should back away from that scale. What if you took a week off from your morning scale ritual?
Here’s the thing ladies and gents. Our weight (the actual number of pounds we weigh on a given day) is influenced by more factors than you can imagine much less begin to control. Maybe you did sweat your butt off at a spin class and maintained a disciplined eating regimen over the last few days but you were also stressed out about an upcoming event that has made your cortisol levels go through the roof and abruptly halted any weight loss success. Maybe you’re ovulating, maybe you’re retaining water from that soy sauce at your amazing sushi dinner the other night. Regardless of what it is, there are more things affecting your weight that you cannot control than things you can control! So why not just let it go and find a new way to benchmark your progress? Why not find a good ole fashioned tape measure or pictures because those numbers are REAL.
Or here’s a thought, how about being consistent everyday with a healthy walk or workout and eating clean and LOVING the body you were given? Your body does a lot for you. It allows you to kill your workouts, take those Sunday strolls with the kiddos and so much more! Maybe instead of hating your thighs or daydreaming about those toned arms you can spend some time thanking your body for all it does. Some day you will look back and wish you had been grateful for how you looked. But you were too busy obsessing over how much you weighed to actually enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Bottom line is that we are so incredibly hard on ourselves. Let’s find ways to ease up a bit. Maybe the first step for you is to learn a new way to measure your health. Who knows what will follow!
My tips for you: Stay consistent with yourself. If you have a bad day, let that bad go when you wake up the next morning. Every day is a new start. A new challenge to push yourself a little farther.
— From someone who doesn’t give a shit what that scale says!
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Toni Sweeney is a Triple Certified Ketogenic Diet and Primal Health Coach and weight loss expert who personally lost 80 pounds while making a total lifestyle change. The founder of TS Transformations, her formulas and plans has helped thousands of women lose weight and keep it off forever.