4 Reasons To Love/Hate Your Bathroom Scale
Four Reasons to Love Your Bathroom Scale…and
Four Reasons to Hate Your Bathroom Scale
-by Tammy Bauer
As we start our nutrition program participants should keep in mind a few things about the bathroom scale.
The scale provides a reflection of a starting point.
The scale offers feedback on progress both good and bad.
The scale is a cheap and easy method to track progress.
The scale can help you set an end goal.
The scale is not a reflection of your self worth or value.
The scale does not provide meaningful feedback on muscle mass increase verses body fat loss.
The scale’s simplicity does not track inches lost, increased metabolic rate, increased cardio respiratory health, reduced cholesterol levels, and the many other benefits of an active and nutritionally balanced lifestyle.
The scale does not help you set goals of increased confidence, stronger body, faster movements, and a happier disposition.
Use the bathroom scale as a tool instead of an answer. It is helpful, but also understand that the number it provides does not represent everything that you need to know. Also, look to how you feel, how you look in clothes, how much more coordinated you have become, how much easier daily tasks become, increases in strength, and an increase in happiness. Be proud of your successes and also look for the success that is not showing on your bathroom scale.
The numbers we use to track your change in body are just numbers. They do not represent who you are. They are a starting point to show certain changes in your body. While they (numbers) are great in helping to track changes they are not the only piece of the puzzle to look at. Remember that while we took photos, inch measurements, body fat percentages, weight, and checked athletic performance there is actually a whole lot more.
I would also suggest taking a mood inventory. How easy is it for you to get up in the morning? What daily tasks or events cause you to feel frustration? How do you feel and what are your thoughts during the first week coming to class. What are your feeling towards your body, what do you think about when you put clothes on or get dressed for the day? Overall, how often do you experience feelings of happiness? Write these down, and at the end of your five week journey take that same self assessment. You may also find that there are other important feelings, or attitudes to note. If you are able and have time also think about comparing blood work and blood pressure. Another thing to look at is daily joint and muscle discomfort when waking in the morning. All of these ideas that are compared before and after this program can be very eye opening.This doesn’t just pertain to those participating in the nutrition program, but to anyone who is making adjustments to the care of their body.
I am looking forward to a very successful start to the new year and into 2015.