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You're More Than Just a Number

A post from the series, “Allow Me to Re-introduce Myself”, by Tiffanie Bittle.

Scale Issues

Hi, my name is Tiffanie and I’m a scale-a-holic.

Since mid-June I’ve been in a weight rut – I haven’t gained any weight, which is good, but I haven’t lost any weight either.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I lost 30 pounds in 6 months and stepping on that scale and weighing myself everyday is what kept me motivated because I could keep track of my progress and I felt in control. It’s easy when the scale is doing what you want it to do on a weekly basis. Now, almost three months later, I still have that last 10 pounds to lose until I’m at my “goal weight”, and I’ve come to realize that stepping on that scale every day may not be the best thing for me.

Lately, my daily weigh-in has become more of an obsession than a motivational experience. I hop on that scale at 6:30 a.m. in hopes that little number has budged, even if it is just a tenth of a pound. Some days it would go down that tenth of a pound I was hoping for, other times it would go down two pounds, but then the next day back to that same old dreaded number. The scale that had quickly become my best friend was slowly becoming my worst enemy. I’d get to a point where I would weigh myself multiple times a day just to keep myself motivated, but it would just stress me out even more!

I finally realized I have come so far in such a short amount of time that my body will react when it is ready. I’m proud of the weight I have lost so far, and I can’t let this rut overshadow what I’ve already accomplished!

New Outlook

Today, I can’t even tell you how much I weigh because I made a vow to stay away from the scale for a while. All I know is, my clothes are fitting great and my max lifts in Power Training are higher than I ever thought they would be. And if you look closely, I’ve got a little definition in my arms! What more could I ask for right now considering where I was a year ago?!

If you’re like I was and can’t stay off the scale, I’ve got some homework for you – take a deep breath and take a step back – off the scale and believe me, you’ll be glad you did! It takes the pressure off your next weigh-in when you decide it’s time.

We would all be lying if we said we didn’t care what the scale said, but you have to remember your body changes when you start working out. You may not be decreasing the number on the scale, but I bet your clothes are fitting looser and you’re even knocking inches off your bod! We’re all a work in progress and remember; you’re more than just a number on the scale.

You can jump start your own weight loss journey with Piranha Fitness On Demand. Take one of Tiffanie’s classes anytime, anywhere!