How many times have you got up first thing in the morning and headed straight
for your bathroom scale? After a full week of diet and exercise you are looking
for praise and approval from the number on the scale. You slowly and carefully
put one foot and then the other, on this weighing device. You look down and
shake your head. You think to yourself this can`t be right. I worked so hard this
week. Why does the scale lie? I can most definitely relate to the emotions you are
feeling. But I am here to tell you without a doubt. The scale does lie!
Why does the scale lie? It doesn’t know the whole story.
The scale measures total weight. This includes muscle, tendons, ligaments, organs
and water. The scale doesn`t differentiate between weight, fat and muscle.
There are a few other things the scale doesn’t know about your week.
The scale doesn`t know… that you helped a friend get over the loss of a loved one.
The scale doesn`t know… that you cried with your child over their first break up.
The scale doesn`t know… that you went to the gym four times this week.
The scale doesn’t know… that you sat with a sick parent in the hospital for 6 hours.
The scale doesn’t know… that you passed on birthday cake at the office.
The scale doesn`t know… that you prepared healthy meals for your family all week
Your self worth and value to others is so much more than the number on the scale.
There are several other ways to track your progress without being chained to your
How do you feel?
Do you feel strong and healthy?
Do you have more energy?
How do your clothes fit?
Are you eating well?
Are you exercising regularly?
Are you planning for success?
I feel I have been the most successful with my journey when I create S.M.A.R.T. goals.
S *** Specific
M *** Measurable
A *** Attainable
R *** Realistic
T *** Timely
How to develop S.M.A.R.T. goals. Here are some tips for achieving success.
Goal= Weight Loss
Specific= I want to get to my optimal weight
Measurable= I will lose 20 pounds
Attainable= I will reach this goal by meal planning and exercising
Realistic= Meal planning and exercise are relevant to my other goals of
trying new recipes and getting healthier.
Timely= 6 months from today
I will have reached my optimal weight by losing 20 pounds in 6 months by
preplanning meals and exercising regularly.
Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, have a plan and commit to it!!