Monday Motivation

Just a PSA about the stupid scale and how you shouldn’t let it affect your mind or mood. I don’t actually weigh myself all that often.  However, I weighed myself last Friday and the week before, for a Lose 13 in 13 challenge I’m doing on FB.  I don’t have 13 to lose, but it’s going to be great for the support and motivation.

Anywho…back to the scale…when I weighed myself, my numbers were 121.4 and 121.8. I had been maintaining at 118lbs for the last year, so 121 was a little higher than I’d like.  I usually don’t fret too much because I know how much weight fluctuates and I’ve been feeling bloated and blah lately, but the same number 2 weeks in a row was starting to get to me. I thought maybe I did actually gain those couple of lbs that I was in denial about.

Well, I was feeling saucy on Saturday and wanted to weigh again just to see what it said.  Surprisingly, it said 120.4lbs…a 1.4lb difference and I didn’t do anything different in that 24hrs. Nothing! I was relieved because I was starting to believe that number I was seeing, but I was reminded yet again, that that scale is nothing but a mindf!&% (excuse my language, but this was the first word to come to mind and I could not for the life of me think of a better word to accurately describe what the scale does to your head).

It Takes 4 Weeks v2

Listen up…your weight fluctuates…especially if you’re a woman. Maybe you’re retaining water…maybe your replacing fat with muscle, maybe your body is trying to figure out what the heck you’re doing to it and holding on to all your fat & calories until it figures it out…maybe (I know it sounds crazy) you’re not eating enough calories for your body. My weight is usually up when my muscles are sore as well.

Whatever the reason, please don’t let the scale screw with your head.  Definitely weigh yourself so that you have a starting point (maybe once a week, but not everyday…screws with your head), but I suggest measuring as a more accurate success meter.  I usually just measure my waist, hips and thighs because at this stage, those are my areas of concern, but if you have a lot to lose, measure your arms, chest and neck too.

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just keep swimming…just keep swimming…just keep swimming…

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