What the Scale Doesn’t Measure
by Meggan Larson
The scale. <insert scary music here> Am I right? I’m just not one that can weigh myself every day. Not if I want to stay sane that is. I once weighed myself first thing in the morning and then again right before bed and there was a SEVEN POUND weight gain! Over 12 hours I had gained seven pounds?? The next morning I was back to what I weighed the morning before. I now weigh myself once a week. That’s it, that’s all.
I used to weigh more often and I found that my hope and emotions were directly tied to the scale and that I would celebrate with or drown my sorrows in off-plan choices. Down two pounds? Sweet! Let’s go for ice cream because I deserve it! Up two pounds? I’m so upset, I don’t even care anymore – let’s get pizza. I let that scale define me and reduce my value down to a mere number. If that number was less than what it was the last time I stepped on it, then I was an awesome human being who looked and felt great. If that number was higher than what it was the last time I stepped on it, then I was a disgrace and should just give up because I was never going to get to my goal.
Does any of this sound familiar?… Well, if the above paragraph resonated with you at all…
As much as we want it to be, weight loss is not a steady progression downhill as though you’re on a pair of skis at the Olympics. It’s a start, stop, start, stop, stop, stop, rewind, start, kind of progression that resembles learning how to drive a standard. Are you with me? Weight loss is not an automatic car that smoothly gets you to your destination. Weight loss is more like a teenager first learning how to drive a stick and all the quick stall outs and jerky starts that come with it.
I probably sound like a broken record but THM is a lifestyle! It’s not a race and it is definitely not a sprint. A healthy average weight loss of 1-2lbs per week. When I dropped 60lbs in 13 months, on average I lost 1.07lbs/week. If I had let myself get discouraged in the beginning I would never have made it to 60lbs gone! If I had whined and complained about how slowly it was coming off or how I just shouldn’t even bother anymore then I would not have increased my energy, confidence, or hope. I gave myself years to lose the weight because that’s how long it took me to put it on. I took the pressure off of myself by eliminating any sort of time limit and I am so grateful that I did because being 60lbs lighter physically is one thing but how about being 600lbs lighter emotionally.
If you are finding that weighing yourself is sending you on an emotional roller coaster then put that scale away! Come join us over in the private Facebook group “Release the Weight from the Inside Out” and then give yourself time mama – you are worth it!
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!
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