First thing Monday morning and I jump on the scales full of motivation to make this week be the one where I shift those extra pounds that have gradually gone on over the last few months. Then I have a day of eating clean and feel great on Tuesday when I wake up so think I might just jump on the scales because, you never know, there might be a change. And there it is, 1lb gone. I feel amazing and have another day of eating clean, training a bit harder, with a spring in my step. Just before bed I think to myself, lets jump on again, because imagine if it is less than the Monday morning one, it would be amazing!!! So I do, and there isn’t much change but I think to myself, ‘it’s all good, maybe tomorrow might be different’. And then (you know where this is going right?) I wake up feeling refreshed and in a good place, I jump on the scales again and guess what, I have put on 2lbs!!! Whaaaaaaat?!! But I was feeling epic, why are the scales saying I haven’t lost any weight? I don’t get it. I’ve been so good. It should be another 1lb on surely?!! So then, I don’t have such a spring in my step and suddenly I see something different in the mirror to what I did just 1 minute before. My mood has changed and my motivation is lacking. I end up not being satisfied with what I’m eating today and suddenly my mind is wandering to foods that I know don’t agree with me. Sound familiar?
I see clients all the time who are obsessed with the scales, myself included unless I keep it in check by getting them out of the bathroom. Joe Wicks from Lean In 15 fame calls them the ‘Sad Step’ and he is bang on!!! They are a snapshot of what your body is doing at that second in time. It doesn’t take into account fat percentage, water percentage, muscle mass etc. And if you are lucky enough to have a set of scales that does all that even more reason to really limit weighing to once every 2 weeks at most as those figures take time to change. In my experience the clients I see that don’t weigh are far more successful than ones that do. They stick at plans for longer and are much more in tune with how they feel. So my advice to everyone, including myself, get rid of the scales, or if that puts the fear of God in you, weigh once every 2 weeks. Even better take measurements and pictures and redo them once a month. Good nutrition is a life change and not something that should be chosen to lose weight. Think of food as fuel and you will keep your motivation. Feed your body nourishing food and really listen to how your body feels. Treat your body like your best friend. Be kind and support it!!!