Why scale why?!?
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
I have read many blogs today about scales and weigh ins and about how we let them control our lives and our weight loss. It is hard to do all this work and feel one way...then get onto a scale and have it tell us that we were wrong to feel that way.
Weight gain for most people, myself included is a mental addiction... conscious or otherwise. We eat..we have to eat, we have no choice. Eat or die...I used to smoke. Smoked Marlboro Menthol Light 100s for 10 years. One day I decided I didnt want to smoke anymore...so do you know what I did??? I quit. I was done. I have been smoke free now for 10 months.
I bet your wondering what does that have to do with weight loss?!? Well...my boyfriend and a few other people said, "You quit smoking so easily, couldn't you do that with your weight?"
I'm like gee, why didn't I ever think of that? Lol some people's ignorance. I didn't ask to me fat...it isn't like one day i woke up and said you know what there is nothing else in this world is rather be than fat!!! But people who have never had a weight issue, or even some that do..think that it will be that easy. It isn't. Smoking is a choice...daily, hourly how ever often you choose to smoke. Eating is not a choice it is a necessity.
I have been working our and eating right for almost 2 months and haven't lost weight like I feel I should be so much further ahead of where I am..do you ever feel that way? But then I realize. I can run now...I couldn't 2 months ago...and last year ha!!! I wouldn't have even dreamt it. But now I can full out sprint for 2 whole minutes.
But I digress...about the scale...I watched a YouTube video about a woman who had a child, two actually, and 9 months after her last child wanted to enter a swim suit competition. She did it btw and I think she placed second or third. Anyway she measured herself and had a fancy scale...it's called a body composition monitor. She said it helped her keep her self on track because she could monitor her fat to muscle to water ratio. It isn't about the pounds you lose its about the fat you lose and the muscle you gain.
I remember when I did my first way in on my bcm (body composition monitor), I could have cried...how many times can one scale tell a person they are fat or "OBESE" (gee do I hate that word). Turns out there are 7 ways my new scale can tell me I'm fat. Depressing I know... But not really because where there are defeats, there are victories. I wouldn't be weighing myself if I wasn't trying to lose weight, and knowledge is half the battle.
Sometimes the scale will say I have gained weight and lost fat and gained muscle. This is for a second discouraging. I don't want to gain weight EVER!!! I want to lose weight and I want to lose it NOW...hell yesterday would have been to soon. But that is not reality...what is reality is that the more muscle your body has, the Less work you have to do to burn fat...because your body is naturally doing it for you!!!
If you have a problem with your scale I highly recommend a body composition monitor. Sometimes having more knowledge of why the numbers are what they are helps. Sometimes I am sure it can be worse...but always remember when you try you already win.
Your losing weight to be healthy and feel better...why does it matter what the scale says if you know what you are doing is working. Dont give up because a scale doesn't say why you want it to, keep going because you say you can!!!
I know I can do this, and I know you can do this. The scale knows it to. It's just the last one to learn😀