Why does it seem SO easy to give other people great advice and SO hard to take it myself?
I’ve been on this journey to health for several years. I’ve had plenty of ups and downs, successes and failures. I’ve been able to share my story openly in hopes of inspiring others. With that (and opening a CrossFit) I’ve found myself giving out all kinds of advice and encouragement. One of the first things I tell my clients new to CrossFit is don’t focus on the scale. Obviously you are going to be building muscle and you don’t need to be discouraged by the number. I know I just talked about owning my truth which is the fact that the scale still matters. And that is still true… however, especially with this new nutrition plan I have been really focusing too much on the scale. Exactly what I tell others NOT to do #fail
The problem is I’m putting in a lot of work. and in a world of instant gratification I want to see a lot of results… and I want to see them fast. So I was weighing in every morning. I was super excited when I told you last week I had weighed in at 187.8 after just a few days on my new nutrition plan. Then I continued weighing in daily hoping to see that quick weight loss. At first it didn’t bother me to see the numbers stall out for a few days, but then I started to get kind of bummed. I’m feeling awesome in my workouts and to be honest, I’m not really even missing or “craving” any foods I’m not eating. I’ve been lifting quite a bit trying to increase my strength, which should, of course, lead to muscle gain. If I’m gaining muscle rapidly the scale isn’t going to change. I was talking to the hubs about it this morning, that even though I “knew” I was making big strides health/strength wise I was still bothered that the scale wasn’t moving.
And then I went to take a shower and noticed the scale was gone.
My lovely husband hid it! And in that moment I felt strangely free. I will continue to focus on my nutrition plan and hope that when I go to check in with my nutrition coach that I have lost a crap ton of fat, regardless of what the scale says. Yes, I still want that weight to be in a healthy range. And I’m doing everything in my power to do that. What is standing on the scale every day going to change about that? Nothing.
I still have a weird mental thing about hitting 175lbs. I’m close, and I think thats why I got a little neurotic about the scale. I want to hit that goal because when I was 250lbs I set 175 as my ultimate goal because I thought that was all I was capable of. Obviously now I know I’m capable of so much more than a silly number on a scale. But I also want to prove to myself that I can do more than I ever thought possible. I’ll get there – if it is in weeks, months, or years… but I have to quit my scale habit. It is driving me crazy.
Do you take your own advice?
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