As I page through my US Weekly (we all have our guilty pleasures), I can’t help but notice the cluttered headlines:
“Slim Down Diet”
“10 Day Grapefruit Juice Cleanse”
“Try such and such celebrity diet: (two rice cakes and a salad and hold the dressing!”
As someone who has battled an eating disorder, the media messaging, especially during this time of year, irks the heck out of me! As athletes, we need real nourishment: fats; proteins and carbs. When I was in the worst of my disorder, I’d weigh myself morning, noon and night. I’d obsess over that single number. It would determine my mood. It was awful. So, today-as a gentle reminder to ignore those stupid ads and “bikini body” BS articles that are everywhere during the summer months, I give you five reasons to ditch that stupid scale and just go RUN!
1. The scale is lame. Use fitness as your scale. Your 5k time is a much better number to obsess about than the number on the scale!
2. The scale lies! We should worry more about our body composition than our overall weight. A typical scale can’t tell the difference between fat tissue and muscle tissue and we all know muscle weighs more than fat. Runners like us may actually weigh more than nonrunners of similar size.
3. The scale is fickle. Body weight isn’t static. It depends on our hydration levels and can be affected by how much we’ve sweat from that insane tempo or if we’ve just eaten a hefty steak dinner to recover from that 20 miler. This doesn’t mean you’ve gained or lost weight; these are just daily fluctuations!
4. The scale is a shallow s.o.b. It cannot measure: beauty, compassion, determination, well being, mental toughness, bad-assery or anything that’s of importance in life, so, who needs it?
5. It feels good to beat the ever-living crap out of the scale. Taking a hammer to the scale feels so liberating, you won’t even know what hit you! BAM! Being strong is sexy. Remove copy machine and insert scale:
Do you weigh yourself or not weigh yourself? Why or why not?
*Note: Some doctors may recommend use of a scale for healthy weight loss plans. I’m not an expert, by any means, and I have a strong aversion toward the whole stress of the scale thing, so take this post as you will. But I, for one, can honestly say I haven’t weighed myself in over two years (except for physicals/dietician check-ups), and it feels SO GOOD. In my opinion, scales are for fish.