Does standing on the scale scare you to death?

Does your weekly date with the scale equal panic time?

It’s Sunday morning and time for the moment of truth. Time for your weekly weigh-in to see how you did last week. How are you feeling right now? Do you dread it? Are you scared? Are you preparing yourself for a letdown? If you are, you are not alone. Most women approach the scale with fear in their heart. And then, the result – the digital numbers come up and… What happens next?

Does even a 0.4 pound increase throw you into a depression?

My advice. Stop the insanity. If you get depressed by weigh-in’s, guess what? You don’t have to do them. How you feel, how your clothes fit, how much you’ve improved your diets are all better indicators of improving your lifestyle than the scale. The scale is a sketchy tool at best. So many things can effect the numbers that come up such as the time of day, your current water content, what activity you did just before getting on the scale, the temperature. A small change in the numbers is meaningless. Please, please – stop with the weigh-in’s. Create a system of measurement that makes sense for you. There are so many things you can measure instead of your weight on the scale. For example, measure how much more water you are drinking from one day to the next. If you drink even a few ounces more, that is progress. In my Get Your Sexy Back boot camp, I teach women to find a measurement system that fits their personal goals. Then, to make it fun to track progress (instead of something that scares you), we create a point system and use contests for motivation. It’s about tracking successes and not focusing on failures and something as finicky as a scale.
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