I used to have no issue weighing myself. I step on the scale, it displays a number and I go about my day. Of course this was in my early twenties, when there was nothing I could do to increase the number on the scale. I could eat whatever I wanted, at any time of the day, no issue. I could literally bathe myself in chocolate while drinking said chocolate and step on the scale and it wouldn’t budge. In fact on a good day, I would lose a pound or two.
Fast forward to my thirties when just having a dream about bathing myself in chocolate while eating chocolate cake would cause me to gain 10 pounds in my dream. Now, the scale is not my friend. I step on the scale and the evil numbers stare back at me. I say to myself, oh, it must be because I haven’t used the bathroom yet. So, I use the bathroom, step back on the scale and the evil numbers go up by 2. How in the world?! I think we have all been in this position at some point in our lives and it gets quite frustrating.
Last year, I bought Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED because I had heard a lot about it and I love her workouts. It was a very intense workout and at the end I felt like I had worked my butt off. I resisted weighing myself until I was completely done with the 60 days because I wanted to step on my scale and see this huge drop in weight. Well, my friends, at the end of the 60 days, I happily stepped on the scale expecting to see a loss of at least 10 pounds and would you believe that evil piece of equipment had the tenacity to inform me that I had lost only a measly 2 pounds! After I dried my tears, I decided to measure myself and see if maybe I had lost inches. I needed some kind of validation for all this hard work, I mean come on now! So, I shakily got my tape measure and took my measurements and oh my goodness, I had indeed lost a total of 5 inches (arms, waist, hips, thighs)! I knew the scale hated me! Ha! In your face scale!
Turns out that you can lose inches but still weigh the same. Why? Muscle is heavier than fat so as the fat is converted to muscle it weighs more but the end result is your body is more toned and hard, you lose inches and your clothes fit better. Who knew! The caveat is you have to combine your workout program with a healthy diet as well. If you workout to Body Shred for 60 days but eat doughnuts and pizza every day then the end result will be weight gain and no inches lost or your weight will stay the same and so will your measurements since you are not burning more than you consume.
I don’t weigh myself anymore. It stares at me with its evil eyes but I just ignore it. My tape measure is my friend.