So I have been thinking about this for some time. I have never been a fan of the scale, especially if you are doing weight training. It’s hard to gunge muscle gain while measuring fat loss using just a scale. It’s not because I am slow to lose the pounds, actually that’s quite the opposite. I have always said that to use a scale frequently is is putting yourself on an emotional roller coaster. So with that being said I am no longer going to disclose how much weight I have lost. You see, I think we should be proud of our hard work, because that’s what it is-it’s hard and it’s work. You know what though, a lot of people are out there are working just as hard as I am and maybe harder who don’t see the results on the scale. People need to know that it is extremely healthy to only loose a pound or two a week The last thing I want to do is unintentionally discourage another RBL’er or even someone at home who reads our blogs and is going through there own struggle. When we brag about how much weight we have lost I am certain its only out of pride and having a sense of accomplishment. The ramifications could be negative though, it may be they one thing that someone hears to push them over the edge and they quit “well I’m just not losing weight so I quit”. I do not want to have anything to do with that. I am not out to beat anyone, I am out to help motivate, support and encourage my team and everyone else. Just take a minute and think out it the next time you want to shout from the proverbial mountaintops how much weight you have lost. Yes most people will be ecstatic for you, but I promise there are some that may take it as the final blow. Not to mention when we start to hit that 8-9 week plateau & become discourage with the stalling of your progress
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Hey Troy, I can’t help but wonder if you’re referring to me in my interview this morning when I said I’d hit the 20-pound mark??? I hope I didn’t offend you in any way because it certainly wasn’t my intention! I am 1/4 of the way of my 80-pound goal and it’s take a LOT to get here so I am thrilled to finally reach this goal. I must admit that with so many of the guys on RBL losing twice as much weight as the girls, it’s been discouraging so I guess I can understand where you’re coming from.
Anyway, no matter what the scale says for you the mere fact that you’re working on yourself is a win! When I compare myself to others it’s easy to get discouraged so I have to be happy with my little wins along the way.
See you at the 5K on April 22 and keep up your progress.
I wasn’t calling anyone out, I was just saying we should be mindful. I think the progress everyone has made is amazing. I am usually happier for others when they start reaching goals and seeing pounds melt, and inches fall away than I am for my self. The only reason I mentioned the plateau was because it’s the way the human body works. Long story short, despite good nutrition the body of gets tired of giving fat up (stored energy). we are hardwired to survive in the leanest of times,(no pun intended) that’s why our body likes to make fat stores. Yes nature is not fair with the fact that men lose faster than women and you didn’t offend me at all and I am so proud of you! Just as I wasn’t trying to make anyone mad or offend with this post. You Go girl and keep up the hard work!
Troy, this is what I needed to see today. I am at that “give up because of scales” point. And you are right in everything you said. You never know what one person is battling. I’m super proud of every single person for the changes they have seen. Everyone’s journey is different.
So proud of us all!
Hey there! Looks loke you are doing well my friend! We are truly blessed to be a part of this amazing journey. I wanted to say I understand what you are saying and most definitely respect what you had to say. I do agree and disagree at the same time. I wanted to say that when I talk about me hitting goals I hope I do not come across as bragging or arrogant. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a humble person. I tell y’all and friends and family about my pounds lost not to make anyone feel bad but to encourage others and also I thrive on compliments and the “way to go’s”. I have always had a very poor self esteem and always have had a lack of confidence in myself. I was the fat kid in school who was the last one to get picked and never won anything. So to know I’m doing something well and people are noticing and compliment me for accomplishing goals is part of the fuel to help me continue. Of course being healty for my family is fuel as well. The last thing I would ever want to do is hurt or discourage anyone from loosing weight or folks see my results and just want to quit. I personally wish the contest had a separate womens and mens contest and 2 winners are named.