Scales measure weight, not worth.
I know that sounds like something you should say “DUH” to, but hang with me and think about this. When I started thinking about this, I couldn’t help but think about that little girl in the comic that looks at another little girl and they are standing beside the scales in the bathroom. One says to the other “Don’t step on that, it will make you cry!!” That’s funny because it’s true. Maybe not literally but it has the effect of putting us in a foul mood. So many people get up in the morning, take a shower and the last thing they do in the bathroom is step on the scales and go off to face the world depressed. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we let this little device which could be so handy be such a major part of the way we view our worth in the world? It is like we wrap ourselves up in this thing and if it tells us what we want to hear, we’re happy, but if it doesn’t, we’re sad. It’s like we need it to give us good news and move in the right direction and that is how we view our worth. It used to be that on the scales, more weight was better. Not long ago, weight was a sign of wealth and prosperity. Poor people were thin because they didn’t have enough to eat and had to do manual labor. Heavier people were more wealthy and had the easy way to make a living. In fact, it is still that way in Africa and the Middle East. So how did we get here?
Kicking the Scale Habit!!
When I weighed nearly 300 lbs, I RARELY got on the scales. I knew it was bad news so why subject myself to that? I didn’t want to know. I was delusional and I liked that world. Really!! But then, when I started my P90X journey in an effort to become that Underwear Model, the scale began to call my name again. Our scale didn’t even work anymore so, I had to go buy a new one and then make sure it would go high enough to weigh me. So, then I had to weigh myself to get a starting weight. WOW what a downer. But that was the least of my worries. What came next was the real blow. I had to take PICTURES. We call them the “Before” pictures but they weren’t before, they were “NOW” pictures. They were in a bathing suit….shirtless. If you have ever seen any of them, you know, they were NASTY!! So, yeah…not a good thing. That was more depressing than the scale. It was basically 6 pictures. Front, Front Flex, Back, Back Flex, Side – arms at side and Side – turned at a 45 degree angle. Those pictures were WAY more disturbing than numbers on a scale. I realized that people at the pool didn’t care how much I weigh. They were looking at me….ME in all my wonderful shirtless glory…..not the scale. And regardless of what we try to convince ourselves of…we really do care what people think about us don’t we? So, it is not REALLY the scale that matters. But, we attach worth to that number as if it had a hold on our life.
The final truth about Scales!!
I was privileged to go to a Tony Horton Fitness Camp about 10 months after I started my journey. I had already lost 80 lbs and was at my goal weight, but I still didn’t look like I wanted to. I still had a ways to go. He said something that has stuck with me since. He said basically, and this is paraphrased, it doesn’t matter how much you weigh. Weight, unless you are obese, is one of the worst indicators of overall health. The questions to ask are: How do your clothes fit? How do you feel? What is your cholesterol level? What is your blood pressure? What is your resting heart rate? Are you adding resistance to your workouts to build and/or maintain muscle tone? Those are the questions we need to answer. That made sense to me at a very deep level. There are a lot of people who “diet” who lose weight. But then, after losing the weight, they have no muscle tone and they end up being “skinny fat”. They are thin but they are not functional and are prone to injury and illness because they haven’t added resistance and cardio to their workouts. We all know diets don’t last because they make us miserable. One of the worst things you can do to your body is Yo Yo Dieting. You lose weight, but you lose fat AND muscle. Then, you get off of the diet and you gain back all fat. So you diet and you lose fat and muscle. Then, you get off the diet and you gain back all fat. In the end, you weigh the same but you are VERY unhealthy. The best way, we know by instinct, is to “Exercise More, Eat Less”. But, the truth is, “Exercise Right and Eat Clean.” Exercising right is making sure you have resistance, cardio and stretching in your regimen. Eating Clean is eating for fuel and not fun. So, are you ready to make a change? There are so many things you can do to jumpstart your health. We even have a program called The Ultimate Reset and you can learn to eat right and not workout while you are doing it. It will bring your body back to “factory settings” and you will feel better than you have in years. Bottom line…forget the scales and worry more about your overall health. I haven’t weighed myself, literally, in about 2 months…and I’m good with that, even though I will never be an underwear model.