The photo on the left is me in 2006. This was the photo that inspired me to start working out. I was just out of college, and had terrible eating habits. I didn’t work out.
The photo on the right was taken in 2017. This is me ten years later working out in my own Personal Training studio. I eat healthy every day and not only exercise, it become my career.
My body, and lifestyle is drastically different.
BUT my scale weight is the same in both photos.
If my scale weight is the SAME in both pics, ten years apart, have I made NO progress?!?
Obviously not, duh.
- I’ve lost body fat.
- I’ve gained muscle.
- I’ve gotten incredibly stronger.
- I’ve learned an unbelievable amount, about fitness, about myself, about life.
- I’ve developed a passion for fitness and made it my career.
- I’ve transformed my lifestyle and helped many, many others do the same.
- I’ve gained flexibility and range of motion.
- I’ve developed a confidence and belief in myself.
- I’ve competed in 6 fitness competitions and brought home three trophies.
- I’ve benched my body weight, squatted 1.5x my bodyweight and dead lifted 2x my bodyweight.
- I’ve started two successful fitness businesses including my own Personal Training studio.
BUT MY SCALE WEIGHT IS THE SAME.
What if I only focused on that, and ignored all those other things? I didn’t even list everything that has changed in the time that has passed between these two pics. But what if, simply because I weigh the same, I dismissed this as a complete and utter fail and said I was still exactly where I started?
That would be completely ridiculous and a real shame. You would all say I was crazy, wrong, and foolish … and you would be right.
The scale is ONE measure of progress, and far from the most important or the most clear. Don’t give it more weight (pun intended) than it deserves and don’t let it obliterate all the other amazing ways you can change, grow and progress regardless of what the scale says.
You are so much more than a number or a weight. I am not saying scale weight shouldn’t be a factor at all, it should, but don’t lose sight of other markers of progress.