The Holidays are (way) behind us, all the weight you gained or lost in 2015 is a thing of the past, it's time to start anew. When I say start anew, I do not mean start a new diet. I do not believe in diets. My personal opinion is that the word "diet" sets expectations of depriving yourself and failing miserably when you just want that damn piece of chocolate. If I want a piece of chocolate, or the whole chocolate bar for that matter, I'm going to have a piece of chocolate thankyouverymuch.
This brings me into my topic of choice for today - ignoring the scale. I've never been one to weigh myself regularly, that is until I felt like I was overweight and actively started trying to lose the extra pounds. You see, it's very tempting to weigh yourself every single morning.
"I ate a salad and went to the gym yesterday, I bet I lost 12lbs!!!"
No, you didn't, honey. Don't disappoint yourself. Do not set yourself up for that let down. The thing about our bodies is that they fluctuate. They fluctuate all day, every day and very much so from day to day. I'm not saying stop eating healthy and don't you dare go to the gym - these two activities will have an impact on your weight if you're consistent, but not in one day.
So, I have learned to go for the non-scale victories!
I failed miserably when I attempted Whole30 back in June, 2015. I mean I really fucking failed. Give me all the mojitos - hello summertime. Okay, so maybe I set myself up for failure there, I'll take drinking on a patio over eating kale chips any day.
With my failure came an immense understanding of how I needed to go about losing weight, what my priorities were and how I could be successful going forward. I also learned about non-scale victories and they're kind of my new favorite thing.
A non-scale victory is a weight loss achievement that you can see and/or feel without stepping on the dreaded scale. The first major non-scale victory I achieved when I finally started taking care of my body was the loss of a belt loop! I mean, how freaking rewarding to wake up, put your jeans on and do your belt to realize that, oh my gosh, without even trying I just put my belt on tighter than I have in months, and it doesn't even feel tight!!!
But you know what? I probably hadn't lost many actual pounds at that point. It didn't matter, I felt great, and the number on the scale didn't determine how I felt about myself that day.
I made a pact when I started taking my eating and exercising seriously that I was only going to step on the scale once a month, on the 21st of each month to be precise, and on that day I was also going to take a picture of myself in a sports bra and shorts. Pictures that will never grace this blog, for the record. Every month I have visible changes in my appearance and every month I lose a couple pounds. If I was weighing myself daily or even weekly and I had gained weight, I can promise you I would go down to the kitchen and eat all the Werther's Caramels I have hidden in my pantry. In one sitting. It's depressing and defeating and discouraging to gain weight day to day, so just don't put yourself through it. Do not step on the scale more than once a month. Set yourself up for success and watch for your non-scale victories. They are so much more exciting and rewarding anyways.
Are you a step on the scale every day type person or do you prefer non-scale victories like me? What have you found works for you so you don't get discouraged?