Friday, August 15, 2014

Why I've Ditched The Scale

Annnnnnd I'm still not back from vacation yet, so hi there friends - I've got a special 'guest' stepping in for me today. Everyone, please welcome one of my favourite blogging ladies, Rachael. If you don't know who she is by now, then you've definitely been living under a rock. Rachael has been kicking some serious butt in the weight-loss department this year, and I couldn't be more proud. I absolutely adore what she has written on my blog today, and I'm excited to share her reasons why you should ditch the scale. Take it away, Rach!


Heyyyy there!  My name is Rachael and I blog over at The Rachael Way.  I write about my life, my love of wine, cheese, Netflix, and other girly things.  Oh, and I'm also moving to China in 21 days to teach for a year.  SO there's that.
Here's me with a unicorn.  Hiiiiiii.

One of the reasons I absolutely adore Faith is because she's so open with her weightloss journey.  She doesn't sugarcoat or act like it's easy because news flash: changing your lifestyle is h a r d.  I should know, because in March I started my own journey.
I decided to be super intense about it when I started.  A friend came over to my apartment and we threw out my junk food.  We bought clean food.  Set up a gym plan.  I decided that every Tuesday would be my weigh day, and I would keep my progress in a notebook.
The first Tuesday I lost five pounds!!  (Let's be real, that was probably water weight).  The next week I was a little sad when I lost only two pounds.  The following week?  I gained weight!  As you can see, this yo-yoing is bad for the soul.
So today I want to give you reasons why I've ditched the scale.

It's unmotivating.
When I saw those numbers fluctuate so much, I can't tell you the number of times I thought "well, I haven't lost any weight this week so screw it, let me eat like crap."  That thinking is bad for the soul!
It's not accurate.
How many times have you weighed yourself in the morning and then weighed yourself again and it's different by like, six pounds?  How disheartening!  Girl, you don't need that drama!!
Muscle weighs more than fat.
You know this.  But it's not always easy to remember when you're standing nekkid on the scale, amiright?
There are so many other ways to measure success.
How you feel on the inside.  How your clothes fit.  Your cravings.  You, my gorgeous girl, are not defined by a number on the scale.

Have I convinced you yet to ditch the scale?? 

Come say hi!


Becca @ Becoming Adorrable said...

I think measuring inches is probably a better visual for progress, but really, if someone's making a lifestyle change, that's the biggest accomplishment!

Him & Me (But Mostly Me) said...

For me it's actually inspiring to be weighed in every day. Sometimes I forget, but I like to know how the food I eat affects me - I rarely if ever use it as an excuse to just eat. But each person has their own inspiration. Great post!

Kristen Breanne said...

I just had to comment on the 'muscle weighs more than fat' statement. In reality, it does not. 10 lbs of muscle weighs the same as 10 lbs of fat. The difference is that 10 lbs of muscle is much leaner than 10 lbs of fat. Which is why you can lose inches and not weight at the same time = displacing fat with the same amount of weight in muscle. Ok, off soap box. Other than that, I loved this post and am definitely pro-measure and pro-visual progress through clothes and pictures . . . but I am admittedly also a scale-whore. It is what it is. :) Congrats on your success and your journey