THE SCALES: USEFUL TOOL OR THE ENEMY?
The scales are nothing to be afraid of, but many people legitimately have their feelings and emotions be dictated by the numbers on the scale, especially when these numbers feel like they're 'too high'.
The scales however, if used correctly, can be a convenient way to track your progress (eg. daily or near daily weigh-ins the same time every morning, after the bathroom, before eating/drinking anything, and averaging out these weigh-ins for comparison).
Here are just some things that can make your scale weight acutely go up:
- Inconsistent weigh-in times
- Using different scales (home, gym, shopping centre, etc)
- A bigger meal than usual the previous day (literally just a single meal bigger than usual
- Eating later than usual
- Hormonal changes (like those seen by women during their menstrual cycle)
- Poor sleep the night before
- More sodium/other electrolytes than usual (maybe you had dinner out somewhere?)
- More water intake than usual
- Changes to ambient temperature (eg. hot weather)
- Beginning resistance training/increasing frequency and intensity of resistance training (more glycogen and water are stored in muscles that get used more)
Notice how many can contribute to acute weight gain even without mentioning fat gain?
You may not be ready to step on the scales yet.
Maybe you'll never be ready, and that's 100% fine.
Just know that the scales don’t need to be viewed as something evil or negative. They can even be a very easy way to objectively track monitor your progress as long as they're used correctly and with no emotions attached to the numbers the read out (they’re just numbers).
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Shared this on my story the other day but now I’m back home done weight and measurements: 4kgs down and total 17cm lost! Not bad for working away, Cos no fucking excuses 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 I am gunna boss the rest of this prep... Work stress, mental illness, cunts, idc! I refuse to let any of that bring me down, instead it fuels me👌🏼👊🏼
I don’t usually enjoy rest days or even want them but today it was absolutely necessary. It’s not easy to mother 5 children, focus on medicine and patients all week long, and still make it to the gym 12-15 hrs a week but it’s happening. That is amazing when a week like this week flies so smoothly even with an injury in tow. I am not struggling but my knee isn’t right. Ultrasound was normal so next is ortho and musculoskeletal. I am guessing ortho bc this thing is years in the making. For the first time ever, I’m starting to believe running is just too hard on a body; that the constant repetition of slamming my bones into pavement may cost me a sweet walk through a Disney park someday. I’m not in love with the sport anymore and maybe that’s ok but I’m not there yet. Im having a difficult time accepting that I may never enjoy it again and maybe it was just a broken piece of me that fixed itself through music and hard work. I came home and fell asleep and slept for 5 hours before I even kind of realized there was still life going on beyond the death sleep I so quickly fell into. I may be super ridiculously incredibly busy and pushed to the max but I don’t miss being bored or lonely or sad or emotionally drained by the lack of stimulus In my life. I will take trailblazing over coasting any day now, and on rest days I will sleep instead of run. Bc somewhere in the near distant future of the world I will have grandkids who will want to run through Cinderella castle and I have to be able to join them. That makes me ok. I may not ever see a fancy Boston finish line with a 3:30 but I was there with myself during my 1:46, 1:48, and 2:01 halves. I know that at one point I ran fast enough that the pain couldn’t catch me. Here’s to weights, speed walking, swimming laps, yoga, hiking, ice skating, rollerblading, bike riding, running, skiing, handstands, boxing with friends to novelty rap, and taking breaks from tough workouts to share real talk over burritos...we all need a nap sometimes. Take a nap.
Scratching at the walls to train 😫!
I love fitness and luckily it’s a great way to channel my energy. But when I get sick and can’t channel my energy, it builds up and I go crazy 🙃. Just played around today and listened to The Greatest Showman soundtrack (still great) 🎩. Aiming to wrap up the open on Monday 🤞🤞. Thrusters & CTB 💪🏼