by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach
I know I’ve been talking a lot about my success with Intermittent Fasting lately and how I’ve been steadily losing extra body weight for the last few months.
But today I’d like to take this wellness topic from a different angle — namely the bathroom scale doesn’t tell the full story and my wellness coaching is not just about losing weight.
The bathroom scale is just one indicator of your overall health.
Aside from what the bathroom scale says, your efforts to improve your health may be showing up in other ways. Perhaps since you’ve started being more proactive about your health…
- you’re feeling more confident and outgoing,
- your clothes are fitting better,
- you have more energy,
- you’re sleeping better,
- you have stronger muscles,
- someone has noticed your efforts and gave you a compliment,
- you’re getting along with your friends, family, and co-workers better these days.
For me, on top of shedding extra pounds that I gained from emotional eating over the last couple of years, now my skin in clearer, my hair is softer, my eyes are brighter, I fit into a smaller pant size, and I’m able to run outside for 27 minutes without stopping!
If you’re also experiencing any of these benefits as you’re making better choices for yourself, good for you!
Health and wellness is not just about the weight. Health and wellness is about feeling good about yourself!
As an Ammolite Wellness Coach, I sincerely want to help people feel stronger, wiser, more vibrant, and more empowered than ever before!
Remember: you are not a number. You are not your body weight.
And on that note, you’re not a pant size, hair colour, marital status, or dietary preference, or any other label you can think of. You are a real human being with all kinds of wonderful qualities to celebrate!
Health experts are now recommending keeping weight checks to a minimum, perhaps stepping on the scale as infrequently as once a week.
Body weight can fluctuate for many reasons like:
- recent intake of salty foods,
- recent intake of heavy, starchy, high carb foods,
- recent intake of alcohol,
- recent vigorous workout,
- current level of hydration,
- where you are in your menstrual cycle,
- the weather,
- time of year,
- time of day, etc. etc.
And the calibration of the bathroom scale itself can also make a difference!
Take for example, the above photo of this vintage Sunbeam bathroom scale — it doesn’t even start at zero!
It’s time to rethink our relationship with bathroom scales. They may not be so useful after all.
Bathroom scales are great when you’re making progress towards your goals but what if you’ve hit a plateau or if you’ve started going in the opposite direction of your goals?
Often times, the numbers on the scale are discouraging and they just make us feel bad about ourselves.
But seeing high numbers is not the time to throw in the towel!
While some people use bathroom scales for motivation to lose weight or gain weight, consider working with a Wellness Coach to help you stay on track with your wellness goals instead!
We can figure out ways to get through those rough patches together!
If you Constantly Weigh Yourself…
Living by what the scale says on any given day is a slippery slope.
Weighing yourself every day and being overly concerned with your body weight can lead to:
- obsessing about food,
- eating disorders,
- poor body image,
- binge eating,
- poor nutrition,
- low self esteem,
- unnecessary stress,
- passing on the limiting beliefs to your children,
- too many clothes in your closet that you don’t wear, and
- missing out on social occasions because you don’t want to be tempted to overindulge.
I don’t think it’s worth all of the fuss with weighing yourself everyday because numbers on the bathroom scale don’t tell the full story.
A Little Experiment
A few years ago, I was weighing myself everyday on a digital scale. I noticed that my weight would be lower in the mornings and higher in the late afternoons.
Also, if I didn’t like the number, all I had to do was press a few buttons and fiddle with the settings on my scale and my weight would fluctuate up to 3 pounds within a few minutes. I’d often take the best out of 3 measurements that were all over the map.
One time, I did an experiment and I weighed myself before my shower and again just after my shower just to see what would happen.
Guess if my weight changed at all.
To my surprise, I actually lost weight after my shower! So much for being water-logged.
It just goes to show that the numbers on the scale don’t really mean that much.
How to Measure your Progress without a Bathroom Scale
Start by being kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Focus on what you want to create for yourself and be grateful for everything you can think of!
Judging yourself or comparing yourself to other people or even your younger self isn’t helpful.
The numbers on the bathroom scale don’t tell the full story by far!
Don’t let a few pounds or kilos here and there ruin your day or your new lifestyle!
Meanwhile, think about making an appointment with me, Maria, Ammolite Wellness Coach. You might be amazed at your results!
And for everyone out there who is working your asses off 🙂 congratulations for being more proactive about your health!
About the Author
Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!