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Scale getting you down?

February 2, 2016

 

How often do you hop on the scale?  Are you ever truly satisfied with the number that you see?  Do you dread getting on the scale at the doctor’s office because you know it will read five pounds heavier than your scale at home?

 

I am not a fan of the number on the scale.   We give that number way too much power.  It has the power to make us feel horrible when we shouldn’t. Somewhere, sometime in history someone decided what a woman’s “ideal” weight should be and we’ve all been chasing that weight ever since.

There are over 4 million hits on Google when you search for “ideal weight calculator”. According to calculator.net my ideal weight falls between 118 and 160:
 

Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 134.3 lbs
Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 138.1 lbs
Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 135.8 lbs
Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 134.3 lbs
Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is 118.1 lbs - 159.6 lbs

Self.com says my “happy weight” is around 141.

What in the world kind of range is that?  The calculations were based on my age, gender and height.  

 

For the record, I’m not particularly “happy” at 141.  Which is why I started the Walk the Walk Series on my YouTube channel.  If you haven’t seen it, go check out episodes 1 and 2 HERE.  
 

Anyway, with all these numbers flying around no wonder the scale makes us crazy.

Unless you are an athlete or training for a competition I would definitely recommend staying off the scale.  The scale has the power to dictate how we decide to eat on a certain day or if we plan to exercise or not.  

 

I almost never weighed myself before I began training for a competition.  It started out with once a week and as I got closer to the date of the show, I was weighing myself every day, twice a day: once when I woke up and once before bed.  I had a number that I had to hit and it was important to know how certain things (i.e. carbs, water, cardio) affected my weight on any given day.  However, once the show was over and I collected my trophies, I found it difficult to ignore the scale.  As the days went by, I watched the numbers going up in horror!  It took several months for me to comprehend that a 5’7” woman should not weigh 125 lbs and have 12% body fat – at least not THIS woman and definitely not every day.  It looks fantastic on stage but it is not a healthy weight (for me) to maintain on a regular basis.  I’m not a fitness model and I don’t have photo shoots every week, so it’s okay if I put on a pound or 10.

 

Instead of the scale I would recommend paying closer attention to these things:

  • How do you look in the mirror?  Are you happy/unhappy with what you see? How are your clothes fitting?
     

  • How do you feel?  Are you tired all the time? Do you run out of energy quickly?  Do your feet swell?

 

Now, if you are wildly delusional or are unable to see yourself objectively then you may want to ask a friend or family member to be totally honest with you.  
 

 

 

 

Isn't it crazy how men tend to see something better but women always see something less flattering?

 

 


 

If you aren’t happy with what you see in the mirror and you aren’t feeling 100% than you can always do something about it.  A regimen that includes daily exercise, a sensible diet, plenty of water and rest, plus consistency and determination can help to improve the situation.

 

My 90-day Strong & Lean program could be just what you need to help you get started.  Why not review the details of the program and then complete an application to see if it’s the right program for you?

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

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