Monday, April 7, 2014

Ditching the Number on the Scale

I thought I would pass along a little motivation on this Monday morning for those of you that may be struggling with the darn scale. I feel a little like a broken record when I say this, but the scale is NOT all that matters. It is simply one way to track progress, not the only way or even the most effective way. Weight fluctuates so much and for so many reasons that honestly you can't trust what the scale says half the time-- did you have a big dinner? Drink a lot of water? Is it that time of the month? What time was i t when you last weighted yourself and what was the weather like? All of these can change the number on the scale.  

Instead of relying solely on what the scale says to measure your progress, take measurements, figure out your body fat, and most importantly (in my opinion) take photos! I asked for some examples of people who weigh more in their 'after' photos on my Facebook page and wanted to share them with you all that are scale obsessed. Take a look at these, and then throw it out! :) 

The Smith Machines Fit Book- weighs more in the after photo

Michaela Orasnjak 53kg vs 63kg

Erin Nicole 150 in both photos 

Tammy Johnston- 105 vs. 125

Emily Skye 47kg vs 58kg

How do you like to measure your progress? 

7 comments:

  1. Sometimes I simply put on my favorite pair of jeans or a fitted dress. Even smalls gains are progress! Thanks for posting!

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  2. It's so hard not to look at the scale!!! How often should you be taking measurements? I just started a new way of eating, and I am eating so much more now....it makes me worried that I will pack on pounds instead of shedding the fat. LOVE your site Little B! :)

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    1. I think every 4 weeks is a good amount of time. If you are looking to build muscle just be prepared that the numbers may go up, and that' not necessarily a bad thing :)

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  3. I agree 100%! I monitor my progress by taking pictures and how my clothes fit. I never look at a scale and couldn't tell you how much I weigh. Great post for some Monday motivation!

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  4. This is such a great post - I learnt a valid lesson this week on this topic...
    I recently got in to my training, I'm feeling better, lifting heavier and eating cleaner, however after 6 months I thought I would jump on the scales last week - to my fright they read 62kg instead of my usual 56kg - I almost had a heart attack and thought I must be deluded as there was no chance I could have gained so much weight and look good... My appetite went, I started feeling really shitty, even my boyfriend noticed a massive change - he has spent all week coaching me and educating on me the weight on muscle - I have finally come around to the idea and I'm now back on track. It's important more people know about this as it can have such a negative effect on a girls self image :-)

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  5. Absolutely correct! I couldn't agree more with this post. A lot of people tend to fixate on the numbers on the scale instead of focusing on the physique and, more importantly, the healthy habits. I measure my progress by the way I feel about myself. I feel lighter and more flexible when I'm eating right and exercising.

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