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What is your perception of your scale? Last time I wrote about how you shouldn’t make it about the scale when you want to live a healthier life. How focusing on simply the number on the scale was a great way to sabotage your progress and get extremely discouraged.
For most of us, the scale, the piece of metal sitting in our bathroom, represents doomsday. Stepping on it can be a great reminder of how we are failing and how we’ve let ourselves down one more time. Some of us are even obsessed with it and step on it morning and night to make sure that the last pound we worked so hard to shed didn’t crawl back on. The scale is the dreaded enemy, what will determine, only for today, if you will continue to eat clean or not. The scale for sure has a very bad reputation. The reason for this bad reputation is the element of surprise. We think we are doing great, and as soon as you step on the scale, we are very surprised at what we see. Damn the scale!
The scale is not responsible for our bad habits. It is not responsible for the peanut butter cup goodies we eat at work. It is not responsible for us not sticking to our plan to exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Honestly, who make those choices?
What if you changed your perception of the scale. Instead think of it as your personal GPS, a friend who reminds you of where you need to be. Going forward make it your ally. Perspective is everything and instead of blaming the poor scale, change your perspective to truly change your life.
So How Can you Make the scale your ally?
At the beginning of your journey for the first 12 weeks, weigh yourself once a week. Once a week, because if this is a new plan for you, you want to eliminate the element of surprise to make the necessary changes early. It’s much easier on your conscious to make changes now then to get frustrated by a 20-pound gain. If you are afraid to step on the scale, chances are the fear comes from not doing what you know you should’ve been doing in the first place. Make it easy on yourself and use your ally, the scale, to guide you and remind you to stay persistent or to change your plan altogether. Let’s say you find yourself gaining instead of losing despite your good habits, it may be time to change your routine and your nutrition or time to consult your physician to rule out any serious issues.
As long as your nutrition consists of lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and you remain consistent with your workout while changing your routine, the scale will be a great asset and not a dreaded enemy.