The number on the scale is a powerful thing. It can rule your mood; making your day lighter and brighter or banish you into a state of despair. With the blink of a few digital buttons, you jump for joy, cower from shame or pound your fists from frustration.
While it seems silly, to allow a few objective numbers wrangle so much control, it is in fact, a reality. Even if “losing weight” isn’t cool anymore and everybody knows “diets don’t work,” the number does hold some relevance, and for good reason.
While it’s not healthy to depend on the number on the scale, it is also not healthy to be overweight.
Let’s be real, even if weight loss is trending out, we have a responsibility to take care of our bodies and that includes feeding it the right food, giving it enough water, letting it rest and of course exercising.
These things alleviate stress and excess body weight, making simple existence easier and more pleasant. It will reduce disease along with physical and emotional pain. At any given point in time, most of us want to lose weight…
So WTF is the problem? Why aren’t you losing weight?
I titled this post “the #1 reason you aren’t losing weight,” but let’s consider that nearly 9/10 people fail at their weight loss attempts. Of the millions of people who seek weight loss each year, and with so many failures, how could I wrap it into one simple flaw? One misstep, one action, or one misconception that can be responsible for so many failed attempts at seeing that dang number drop?
While there are a zillion reasons people don’t lose weight in the long run, it’s a single mindset that is responsible for the failed actions.
Say what? Yes! And it stems back to the very first sentence of this post. “The number on the scale is a powerful thing.” When we set out on a quest to lose weight, we start by weighing ourselves.
Good. That makes perfect sense. Then we do something (we’ll call it XYZ) and expect to see the scale drop. And for a short while, depending on the effectiveness of XYZ, it will. That’s fun and that’s awesome and the scale keeps dropping. Wooohooo.
Then one day … it doesn’t. Shit. Then it starts to suck.
Then you glare at the scale each morning and take less action because you’re pissed off. I mean, why “XYZ” if you’re not going to get results? What’s the point? So you take less action and see equally miserable results.
You may even see the scale reverse as you regain some of your not so long-lost pounds. Then one day, you just pack it up, shove it under the sink and pretend none of it ever happen and “XYZ is a terrible plan and my goodness diet’s don’t work!!!” So what’s the problem with this weight loss pattern? As complex as it seems, it’s really can be a simple fix.
By nature, we focus on the results and expect that to fuel our positive actions. What we need to do is let our positive actions fuel our results.
We need to stop measuring our success by what’s on the scale, and start appreciating how many vegetables we ate, how many cakes we didn’t, how we got off the couch, drank more water and planned ahead for our success.
We need to shift our mentality from “what happened” to “what am I doing.” And we need to learn to gauge success based on how pleased we were with the choices we made vs the results displayed on the scale.
There are too many variables when it comes to how much you weigh at any given moment in time.
Overtime, body weight matters and provides information that is useful in quantifying health. But as you consciously choose to make change in your life, while you’re in the early stages of changing habits and learning a new way to live, it’s simple not safe (or sane) to rely on feedback from the scale.
It is simply not an accurate reflection of the actions you’re taking and the choices you’re making.
The actions you’re choosing over time are more indicative of your long-term success than any blinking number on a box. As simple as it seems, it can be a difficult mindset to shift. But this does not mean it can’t be done! This shift in mentality is a simple new habit you can develop, and I’d like to help you do it.
I’ve decided to host two weight loss challenges this month
For this reason, it’s time to Fall back on track! Trust me, I know it ain’t easy. I know obstacles are everywhere and motivation shatters in the face of temptation. But at the end of the day, learning to focus on what you’re doing before you check the results is a far better strategy in your long-term quest for weight loss and better health.
Learning to let your smart choices propel you forward vs letting an inaccurate number crushing your spirits will give you the time, patience and ability to finally succeed.
Ready? Set? Let’s go!
Get ready to find weight loss success! Join the Fall Back On Track Weight Loss Challenge starting Monday, September 18th!
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