I’m Hiding My Scale
My family and I just returned home from a week long trip to Myrtle Beach. We were there for my son’s baseball tournament but also made it our summer vacation. We had a blast! I’d be lying if told you that I ate clean the whole time I was there because I certainly didn’t. The old me would’ve felt guilty for days and let it get me down. But not this time. I told myself that when we got back that I would go nowhere near the scale for a week and drink plenty of water and work out every day to get back on track. My coach gave me some very wise advice about the scale and I want to share it with you.
5 Reasons why you should hide your scale:
- Muscle weighs more than fat. As you workout and get stronger you will build muscle which will replace fat.
- Dehydration. Especially this time of year when its really hot outside. If we don’t drink enough water, our bodies will go into survival mode and hold onto the water in our bodies. The water retention will sometimes be reflected on the scale.
- Too much sodium. Salt makes us retain water. Again this may be reflected on the scale.
- The scale number can have a psychological effect. It can cause depression and frustration. So much so that many people throw in the towel and just give up on their weight loss goals.
- Irregularity. If your bowels don’t move regularly if could be reflected on the scale.
As a society, we are conditioned to be thoroughly concerned about our weight and the number on the scale. If we don’t like the number that appears we can let it get us down. If you focus on losing weight every single day, you run the risk of getting depressed when your results don’t perfectly match your goals. So don’t even go there. Save yourself from all of that and simply hide your scale. Use the fit of your clothes to gauge how you are doing.
Are you someone who typically gets on the scale everyday? I wanna hear. Please comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?