What Defines YOU?

September 1, 2015

You roll out of bed and immediately step on your scale.  You wait and pray the number is less than last time you stepped on (which was probably just yesterday or when you went to bed the night before). You see that number pop up and you either jump for joy because you’re down or you begin to beat yourself up because the number is up.  How can that be?  I have worked out 10 times this past week and tried to make better choices.  Maybe it was that glass of wine or box of chocolates??  You keep replaying your past couple days in your head and the frustration continues to bubble up inside.  If it was a good number, you are happy and it makes your day.  However, if the number is up, you go into your day bummed and frustrated.

Sound familiar?  If you’re like most people I talk to, the scale sets the tone of their day.  It defines you and keeps you slave to stepping on multiple times a day to check your weight–hoping it will go down each time you step on.  If this is you, I’d like to suggest a much healthier and happier way to live!

Let me be honest for a minute.  I am a trainer and health coach.  Much of my clients’ progress is measured by the scale.  When I see or talk with clients, weekly we record their weight. We will celebrate when that number is down and strategize when the number stays the same or goes up. It’s the reality of my “job” to coach clients to success, but I believe there is a much better way to measure success long term…AND it does not include a scale!!!

I actually do NOT own a scale at my house.  I never have and never will!  Growing up the only time I weighed was at my sports physicals and doctor checkups.  My parents had a scale in the house, but to me that thing didn’t exist and I had no desire to step on.  My mom never really focused on her weight on the scale.  She focused on making sure we were all eating healthy and staying active.  Those are your 2 keys right there–eat healthy and stay active if you want to get to your goal weight and stay there!

So that is how I have become as an adult–NO scale in sight and don’t focus on the number on the scale. Instead I base it on how my clothes feel and how I feel.  If I put on a pair of jeans that used to fit great but seem tight now, I know it’s time to get myself back on track and eat healthier.  I keep my activity levels the same by the week –workouts 5-6 days a week and tennis in there too.  If my clothes don’t fit as well, I know it’s because my eating has gotten too loose and I’ve had too much of the “bad stuff” like sugar and alcohol.  So I immediately reign things in and get back on track eating cleaner and healthier!

This quote is how I think we all need to learn to live: “Make peace with the scale and feel your body transform!”  Rather than letting the number on the scale define us, focus on how your body feels and living a healthy life. Base your success on your energy levels, how healthy you have eaten and the activity you are getting. Once you learn how to eat heathy, do what you know and focus on that. WE are NOT defined by the scale! YOU are much more than just a number on there!!!

P.S. As you’re losing weight and working towards a goal, it may make sense to weigh weekly (not daily) to track your success.  Once you reach your goal, commit to living at your goal weight and toss the scale 🙂

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