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Ugh…the word healthy has so many meanings. Unfortunately many people look at the word healthy as a never achievable thing. Why? Because we are taught from society that being healthy means being a certain number on the scale. That’s right the SCALE…..I personally hate that word. We let the scale define us, control our mood, and make us feel like failures. Do me a favor…..GET RID OF THE SCALE! I don’t care if you have someone hide it or you toss it in the garbage, just get rid of it. I know, I know, some of you will say “I can’t do that, how will I know if I’m losing weight?”. Come on people, wake up!! You will know that you are losing weight when your clothes get bigger, you have more energy, you can do more activities, and your fat turns into fab. If you are a numbers person and need some time of tracking then use measurements. Measure your chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves, and biceps and track these numbers on a monthly basis. No matter if you are losing weight or gaining muscle those measurements are going to go down.
Notice I said if you are gaining “muscle” then those numbers will go down. What happens when you gain muscle and you weigh yourself? You GAIN weight!! Why? Because muscle weighs more than fat. We all know this but when we see that number on the scale go up we freak out (myself included) and we forget about all of the hard work we have been putting into our workouts and nutrition and can only focus on that damn number. So again, get rid of the scale!
Being healthy means feeling good about yourself, loving the way you look, not living a stressful life. It’s also means not smoking, drinking excessively, lowering that cholesterol and so much more. Don’t let the number on the scale dictate your healthfulness and influence how you feel about yourself.
I’m interested on your views of the scale. Are you like me or are you totally fine with with the scale tells you. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.