Being strong and healthy and feeling fabulous no matter the number on the scale is something I preach and this is the focus in my program Body By Nina. However, most of us have experienced or are experiencing a love-hate relationship with our set of bathroom scales. Sometimes we hop on them, and we are excited by the number that we see, and sometimes we step on them and want to throw them out of the window straight after. At some point in time, we have all let ourselves become dictated by a number, but I am here to let you know that it's time to tell the scales to move over and feel fabulous regardless of what they say.
For so long I let myself become dictated by a number! I would hop on the scales most days and if the number on there was not what I had hoped for then this would change my mood for the whole remainder of the day.
I know that so many of you can relate to this feeling because we all do it or have done it at some point. When the number is not what we want, we start to torture ourselves.
I used to eat even less for the day or spend extra hours in the gym. I would start questioning what I had done wrong when I thought I was doing absolutely everything possible to control my weight. I would weigh myself daily, and the number would change my whole mood for the day, and I would worry about it so much if it was not budging.
It was that feeling of all my hard work was not paying off, and some of you would even just throw in the towel and give up at this point. I have at times in the past where when the number was not moving, been like 'what the hell?' and just binge on food because, well, what's the point?
This is all too common amongst many women these days, so we all need to take steps to get out of this vicious cycle.
The battle continues
Even though I have a very different outlook nowadays, I still have times where I battle with that little number on the scale because let's face it, I’m only human too. I want to share with you all my recent feelings towards the dreaded scale...
This week I was feeling a little frustrated because I have been trying to cut down a little and lose some body fat for some upcoming projects I have.
Even though the weight has been coming off slowly up until recently (slow and steady wins the race with fat loss), during the past couple of weeks the weight has been fluctuating a lot and won't seem to go down.
Now before I continue, what you need to know is that my metabolism has been very damaged due to the very extreme yo-yo dieting and overtraining I did for years in the past. It's something I am still working on, and it has improved. However, it's an ongoing healing process. So as a consequence, it can be tough for me to break weight loss plateaus at times.
I found myself this week weighing myself more often just to see what was happening. My weight was fluctuating up and down from 1-1.5 kgs, easily.
Even though I knew this was due to some hormone imbalances going on, I found myself getting down on those days where the number would increase, and I found myself stressing out about it. But we all know stress only make matters of weight loss worse and makes our bodies hold onto more fat and water.
So the cycle begins...
Back to reality
But luckily for me these days, I do not use the scale as my only form of progress measure. I also use a tape measure to measure my waist, and I take photos almost daily so that I can get a clear picture of what is going on. This is what you should be doing too, just like I recommend in Body By Nina...
...because, even though my weight was increasing some days, my waist measurement either stayed the same or decreased, which is a good indication of fluid fluctuations. I was also looking at my photos, and I did not feel like the number on the scale represented how I felt or looked at all. So I decided to do a little experiment to put things in perspective.
I started looking through some older and recent photos this morning and began to compare some of them. I found the left photo from almost 3 years ago where I knew I was sitting about 65 kilos and was in a very an unhealthy state with hormone and metabolism issues (picture at the top of this blog).
Back then, I even struggled to get out of bed in the morning. I cannot even begin to tell you how unwell I was here, but you can see that the high cortisol and the hormone imbalance was playing a huge role in storing the majority of the excess body fat around my midsection.
In the same photo, you can see a photo that is from last month. I am at the same weight, but you can clearly see how my health has altered and how my physique has changed. Looking at this picture, there is no way I feel like I weigh 65 kilos.
I feel pretty amazing about my physique right now that’s for sure, even though I am not that 'light' on the scale.
Go by how you feel
So even though I felt frustrated this week, what was important was that I stopped to take a moment to look back and see how far I have come.
I look at that right picture (at the top of this post), and I am happy with what I see! :-)
So if you are happy with what you see in the mirror then why should you let yourself be ruled by what the number may be on the scale?
Scales should not be your only form of measure as they are very unreliable. Because, believe it or not, muscle takes up less volume than fat!! Sometimes you need to be rational.
We get so obsessed with that number, but it's just a number, and it does not define who you are and should not define how you feel for the day or how you feel about yourself.
I know it can be tough to push through every day to your goals when you are still on the path to get to them, but the fact of the matter is that you most likely have still come a long way even if you are not quite where you want to be. So keep working hard and take a moment just to appreciate your progress!