The scale is an asshole. Considering it’s just an object, the scale is seriously an asshole. It weighs your body. But not your soul. It doesn’t measure what kind of person you are. And it never will.
I hate the scale. For years I was always told I needed to weigh a certain amount to be something special. To have friends, a boyfriend, a job, and even respect. This is how I was raised. With this kind of mentality. I was never a size zero, or weighed what the doctors were telling me I should weigh. And actually, about seven years ago I went to a doctor for my yearly physical and she told me I needed to weigh 115. A number that is physically impossible for me to EVER attain. She said I wouldn’t be healthy at any other number.
I never fed into her bullshit. Which at that time, I probably would have. Even today, I'm like do I really want to be in a specific weight class for powerlifting? Or do I just want to say fuck it and start lifting even heavier. Needless to say, I'm going for the middle of the road. My goals are weight specific only because I want to compete.
If I didn't want to compete, I wouldn't weigh myself. I would measure myself and take progress pictures. But never weigh myself. Why? Because once again, the scale is an asshole. It doesn't show you how hard you work. If you gained, it shows you failed. If you lose, it shows that you're a few pounds closer to your goal. If it doesn't move... that's the part that sucks. If it doesn't move, it makes you think you're failing. That you're not working hard enough. That you should have skipped a meal. Or worked out for an extra hour a day. Or go to the extremes of purging food, sitting in a sauna for an hour or two, run endlessly on a treadmill. This is the mentality that causes people to fail, injure themselves, or get severely sick. This is what I mean by the scale being an asshole.
For those who don't want to compete, where you're required to weigh a certain amount to get into a weight class. Ditch the scale. Destroy it with a sledge hammer. Do what it takes to get rid of it. You don't need it. The scale will always make you miserable. Trust me. You will see a huge difference in your training and in your life, if you get rid of the scale.
Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this September when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!
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