Fitmark Ambassador Ashley McTucker encourages you to stop the battle with the number on the scale
I’ve been there. I’ve spun circles over the fact that the scale said one thing but I felt something different. I didn’t feel what the scale said and I knew I looked better than what the numbers showed me I did. Those numbers, are JUST numbers! They can’t see how we look, don’t know how we feel, can’t fit in our clothes and can’t criticize us in the mirror. We bring those negative thoughts and comments upon ourselves after voluntarily stepping on it. It’s us who start to feel like we’re doing something wrong or begin to believe our regimen stopped working. We need to remember where we started, remember what we’re doing and remember the progress we’ve made.
We also have to remember that if we are weight training, we’ve built muscle which is more dense than fat; so as we build it we burn fat but the scale may not move, or it could increase in weight. Period.
Its a lifestyle; not a journey. The word ‘journey’ places an end to a means of staying healthy. This is continuous unless of course you decide feeling this great and looking your best isn’t worth fighting for. We should be happy about our progress everyday. It’s much harder to take 2 steps back and redo what we worked so hard for in the first place. We all stumble, but we know exactly what to do to pick ourselves back up and continue going. We should have enough family and friends willing to help or reach out to support and encourage us when we need it.
We all have that “goal weight” we set for ourselves when we begin, but consider this; would you rather weigh what you set your goal as with more fat than muscle? Or would you rather weigh in a little more than you wanted with more muscle and great definition? I’ll take #2 please! I know what it feels like to be lean without a complete 6 pack set of abs, but some people just can’t bring those abs out for a while and some see them immediately. Body fat sits in different places in our bodies and we all burn it off at different rates. Understanding that the scale does not know what you look like, how you feel and whether you’ve lost fat or gained muscle; is very important. All it tells you is what the human body you live in weighs and that is it!
I admit sometimes I’ll question that scale, sure. But I’m not upset over it, I’m not screaming at something that can’t even bring a good fight to the arena making it somewhat interesting, and I know that whatever that scale says, I am still moving in the direction I need to be every single day to achieve my goals. You can do that too. Don’t get discouraged. Remember; this is a lifestyle to be molded, modified and enjoyed. Its not the numbers on the scale; its the inches in the britches!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013