So my scale ran out of batteries some time over the summer and it’s been the very last thing on my list of priorities. (Tbh, it’ll probably stay dead in my bathroom for the next year knowing me🤷🏼♀️)
Over my entire fitness journey, my weight has fluctuated anywhere from 5 to 10 to 15 pounds. When I initially lost weight, my weight stayed relatively steady 🤔. This is because so much more goes into your numeric weight then just your body fat. When you’re exercising your body is learning how to build and strengthen your lean muscle mass and, as I’m sure you’ve heard before, muscle weighs A LOT more than fat. When you’re losing fat and increasing your lean body mass, you can’t look at the number on the scale to reflect true progress. Yes, the scale can be a great tool when it comes to fat loss but it’s not the only tool you should be using to track your progress.
My number one tip when it comes to tracking your progress is to take weekly pictures. (Both flexing and none flexing, from the front, side & back)💪🏼📸 Pick a day every week and take a picture at the same time every week (to ensure accuracy since bodies change A LOT during the duration of even a simple day), you’d be surprised how much your body can change over time even when that number may not reflect that progress.
My number two tip? Change your scale from pounds to kilos (or for those who use kilos, change it to pounds). Record that number every two weeks or so JUST to have reference. This had helped me tremendously when it came to stepping away from the scale and the horrible habit of letting that stupid number tear me down. I was less focused on hitting below a certain number or closer to one which in turn helped me to be more focused on solely tracking my progress. I don’t know the kilo to pound conversion nor did I care to find out. I never converted the numbers until I hit my time goal (i.e. 3 months of workouts -for me it was 5). And even then I learned that the scale is some bull shirt💩. It’s very easy to set goals based on the scale but I urge you to starting make goals based on habits and healthy lifestyle changes instead. Focus on being the best you that you can be and the weight will take care of itself! (I promise!)
Last tip? If you can, find a gym or health facility and track your body composition! There are lots of fancy scales to help with this but many of them are not very accurate. Find somewhere that can measure out your lean body mass and body fat (you can even find some that measure water weight/ECW ratio, skeletal muscle mass, and so much more !) and keep track every month to three months if you can. If you find somewhere with reliable tools to measure body comp, THIS is where you’ll see your real progress. If you live near me, shoot me an email and we can get you set up to meet with me at my gym and get some measurements done!
Rant over but I hope this can help some of you no matter where you are in your fitness journeys. Remember that a scale will never show you your beauty, your power, your physical AND mental strength, or your confidence and self worth. Never let the scale define you.