I’ve been working with my trainer now for almost two months, and I’ve learned a huge, massive, enormously valuable lesson. The scale is so deceiving and can lie right to your face.
I know, I know…I’m hardly the first person to say this or realize it, but as someone who’s struggled with weight loss for years, actually believing the idea that the scale isn’t the ultimate guide to your progress is a huge feat.
You see, I’ve been busting my butt for a few weeks now. Eating right with the occasional cheat meal/treat, working out 4-5 times a week and really focusing on the right balance of cardio and strength training to achieve results. I’ve been in the zone with set goals in mind (mostly focused on pounds to lose) and doing my best to stay on track.
The scale, however, has not changed as much as I’d like. My actual pounds lost have been kind of sad to be honest – nowhere near what I’ve experienced in the past with crash diets and quick fixes. I’m a person who’s motivated by progress, so not seeing the numbers drop as fast as I’d like has been hard.
With that said, my trainer takes my measurements every two weeks. It’s the first time in my life I’ve tracked measurements as part of a weight loss journey because I often couldn’t be bothered to do it myself and I certainly never wanted to have someone else get those numbers for me. I’ve changed, though…taking measurements is essential to me now. While the scale hasn’t been my favourite thing to engage with, the measuring tape has. I’ve seen inches melt off week after week in trouble areas like my waist and thighs, and it’s keeping me motivated just as well as pounds lost would.
The takeaway here? You really have to believe it when people say the scale doesn’t matter. My trainer hasn’t weighed herself for years and doesn’t even own one – I think I can get there one day, but for now I’ll keep it handy just to see. Track your measurements closely and you’ll truly start to see where your body is changing.