Seems counterintuitive, right? The idea that someone who eats, sleeps, and breathes physical fitness doesn’t have a scale in their home?
Well, our trainers at Weighting for Warriors don’t own a scale.
There are multiple reasons why, and they’re essential to talk about because they play into the mental health side of physical wellbeing.
Scales Are Not Necessarily an Accurate Measurement of Progress
When we get new clients, most of the time, their goal is something along the lines of “I want to lose X pounds.” And sure, scales provide a quantifiable number that allows you to assess whether you’re losing weight, but there are caveats to this.
For example, when you gain muscle, the number on the scale increases. You may have taken an inch off of your waist, but because you’re building muscle, the amount you weigh goes up. By only considering the number on the scale, you miss out on the bigger picture of your transformation.
Additionally, our weight fluctuates all the time. Sometimes you hold on to water weight, which increases the number on the scale. Sometimes you haven’t had a good, um, movement yet, and the number on the scale is higher. And if you’re a girl, your weight is going to be all over the place once a month, thanks to mother nature.
So instead of picking a weight goal, we encourage our clients (and everyone else, really) to choose measurable goals in other ways. For instance:
I want to run a marathon
I want to do a really intense hike
I want to feel amazing on my wedding day
I want to feel more confident in my body
I want to get stronger
I want to be able to squat 200 pounds
I want to go down a size in jeans
And the list can go on forever. Having an end goal that you work towards slowly but surely is more motivational and inspirational than hitting a number on a scale.
There are many benefits to working out and more things to focus on than a number on a tiny screen. We believe that it’s more important to assess how you feel mentally and physically instead of focusing on pounds lost.
That’s why 1. We don’t have a scale at home, and 2. Our website isn’t littered with garbage like “LOSE 10 POUNDS IN SIX WEEKS!”
OSD = Obsessive Scale Disorder
Okay, the blog writer made this phrase up. But it’s another important aspect of owning a scale that we feel like we need to touch on.
The keyword for all things healthy living is “moderation.” There’s a chance you’re reading this and thinking, “Well, I have a scale in my bathroom, and while I focus on other aspects of my fitness journey, I like to check up on my weight every once in a while.”
That’s fine. If you want to weigh yourself periodically, then that is totally fine. As long as you have a healthy relationship with your scale.
Some of us don’t. Compulsively weighing yourself every day to see “how you’re doing” is not healthy and can be a sign of an eating disorder. If you base your self-worth on the number on the scale (intentionally or subconsciously), then you’re not working out for the right reasons. And again, this is a sign of a larger issue.
Before we continue with this article, we want to say that if you believe you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, you can reach out to us or visit the National Eating Disorders Association online.
But you have to know your own body and mind. Some people are unaffected by the number on the scale. Others see that the number on the scale has gone up and end up not eating enough or working out too much that day.
The blog writer, Ashlyn, has had her own struggles with OSD and an eating disorder. So now, when she goes into doctor’s offices, she politely declines to be weighed. And guess what—the nurses never push. She hasn’t stepped on a scale in four years, and she seems to be holding up okay.
TL; DR: Having a scale is okay. Hyper-fixating on the numbers on the scale is not okay.
Will the Weighting for Warriors Trainers Ever Get a Scale?
Well, never say never. But truthfully, we don’t need one. We exercise and train people to feel strong and confident in their bodies. Those are things a scale doesn’t measure.
We care about how we feel when we look at ourselves in the mirror. Fitness doesn’t mean having a six-pack or weighing under XXX. Fitness is about loving the person you see when you look in the mirror.
Again, if you have questions or need to talk about anything, we’re here for you. We love all of our Warriors.