When to Put The Scale on Timeout
By Meggan Larson
I’ve made the case for weekly and even daily weighing before and there is still truth to that. If you are struggling to stay on track and keeping yourself accountable then the scale can be a great way to that. I once heard that you can gain like 10lbs in a week or two not weighing regularly. I don’t know how true that is but it was a scary “fact” either way.
The scale can be a great encouragement but it can also be your biggest downfall. Have you ever felt really good about yourself and the way you’ve been eating? You get up in the morning excited to get on that scale and see the weight loss you KNOW will be there. Only, it isn’t. You get off that scale confused, upset, and depressed that you’re either still the same weight or you’ve gone up a pound or two. Never mind the fact that two minutes ago you felt amazing about your progress. That’s all in the trash now, isn’t it?
There are times you should stay off the scale!
Here’s the thing ~ if you know that you’re eating well, doing everything right, your clothes are getting looser, and your sizes are going down then stay off the scale! Who cares what it says anyway right? (I know you do, but maybe it’s time to not care). My scale has barely budged in weeks and it was getting to me. My clothes are so loose I am having to retire favorite pants and even my husband commented on how loose my track pants had gotten. I can see in my face that the inflammation has been drastically reduced and I FEEL better, ya know?
But if I only measured my success by what the scale says then I would feel defeated. I would worry that it’s just a figment of my imagination that my clothes are looser and my face is thinner. What a waste of emotion! I’d rather keep my joy and stay off the scale knowing that I’m doing everything I’m supposed to be doing. It’s one thing if you’ve gotten way off track and need a bit of a slap to get yourself going again. But if you’re doing all the steps, seeing progress in other ways, and enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; stay off the scale mama. It’s not always your friend.
~ Meggan 🙂
p.s. As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being 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!