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Why Scales Suck.

by Jenny Swisher on February 24, 2014

I met someone this weekend who, over the course of 24 hours, revealed to me that she A) makes her newborn’s baby food from scratch and B) has a weakness for a daily Egg McMuffin. I find this intriguing, but the truth of the matter is, this is a perfect example of how adults look at nutrition. Too often, we value the importance of nutrition moreso with those we love. We want our babies to have all-natural, organic, homemade baby food, for example. Yet we value ourselves less, and in an effort to save on both money and effort, we miss out.

It’s funny to me, this dynamic. We believe in something so strongly, so long as it’s intended for someone else. Someone other than “just us.”

This week at RevX, I hid the scale. I locked it in the office, where nobody could get to it. Too often lately, I’ve seen clients seek it out in the back of the room and hop on, only to step away looking disheartened. Since when does a number truly identify who we are? The effort we put in, day in and day out? When did we start getting so hung up on that number that we stopped paying attention to the way we feel, entirely?

So I’ve started to inquire. Every time someone mentions their weight, I ask the question, “Why do you care about the number?” and typically, before I can finish my question, they defend their answer with something like:

“Well, I’m not as worried about the number. I guess I should rephrase. I just don’t feel like I am where I need to be. I thought I would feel better by now.”

Ahh, there it is. The truth.

It’s not the weight. It’s the way you feel. And we can get to the bottom of that right away, with just one simple question:

What are you eating, or not eating, that’s making you feel the way you’re feeling?

Too often I see it. Too often, I hear women tell me they don’t eat breakfast, or they do eat salad, or I hear men say they just forget to snack. They’re fueling up on a generic protein shake, or on protein bars from the supermarket, because they’re marketed to for those things. They’re told they’ll feel better, and look better, by consuming them.

Here’s the deal. Stop trying to recreate the wheel. Coming to the gym 6 days a week for an hour a day is amazing, but it truly means nothing if you aren’t willing to educate yourself on your body and the nutrition it needs. You have to drink water. You have to have a healthy balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. You have to get enough sleep.

From the trainer to you, I’m telling you to STOP. Stop thinking that crushing out bicep curls will get you a rock solid bikini body. Stop believing that the number on the scale is some map key that determines your status in the land of hot mamas. Get with the program. Start small. Recognize that if your newborn baby is worth it, YOU are worth it. Recognize that the reason you’re discouraged with where you are is because you’re not fueling properly. Realize that the wheel has been created, and the people who have the body you so desperately crave have it because they decided they are worth the healthy food. They are worth it.

Guess what? You are worth it. YOU are worth it.

Life is short. Throw the dang scale away. Eat a banana or a handful of nuts and capture how it makes you feel. What works for someone else may not work for you… Be willing to customize to fit your needs. In the end, when the scale isn’t there to hop onto, it won’t matter. Because you’ll know where you are simply by how you feel. As it should be.

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