Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Why I Don't Worry About The Scale + Upper Body Blast Workout

Happy Wild Workout Wednesday!  Every week for Wild Workout Wednesday I link up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Michelle from Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Fitful Focus bring you our fitness, healthy living, workouts and recipe posts!  If you have a post to link up we would love to have you join in the fun, if not, grab your coffee and get ready to be motivated by some great fitness and healthy living bloggers!

Just to give you a little update, yesterday was my daughters first day of 3 year preschool!  The day went better than I expected.  She got a good nights rest, had a good breakfast of steel cut oats with berries and walnuts, and a few slices of organic bacon.  She played puzzles and legos while I got ready, picked out her outfit and helped me pack her bag.  She was so excited!  We walked since it was a beautiful day.  She went right into her class room and found an activity right away.  She gave me and her dad hugs and kisses then she was off to play.  No tears!  I almost, almost cried, but I didn't want to make her upset.  It was weird coming home to a quiet house, and I really missed her!  When I went to pick her up she was excited to tell me about her day, she told me about all that they did and said she couldn't wait to go back.  I am so happy she loved it!

On Monday I started my first ever Free 5 Day Clean Eating Challenge with over 40 people signed up to participate!  So far everyone is doing great, and posting and sharing meals.  I can't wait to see how everyone does at the end of the week. I am thinking of running one monthly, and I'll keep you posted.  My September AM Fit Girls Fitness & Nutrition Challenge group is in week 3 and so far everyone is seeing progress and keeping each other accountable.  I run weekly challenges, which have been great and everyone participates in.  If you are interested in joining for October, registration is now open, you can sign up HERE.  We will start on October 1st, but it is great to get signed up so you can do your intake form and I can get your personalized calories and macro goals to you.

Today I want to share why I don't worry what the scale says anymore.  I used to care...a lot!  Then I realized that it doesn't matter what that number is, it's just a number.  I have read a few articles about how the body craves homeostasis and tries to keep your body at an optimal weight for you.  It will try to stay around the same weight even if the mass is different.  After you lose weight, it even tries to get back to that predetermined weight.  I really do believe that.  I weight the same now as before I had my daughter, but I have more muscle now, and my clothes fit differently.  People tell me all the time, "wow you look so lean" or "I haven't ever seen you this skinny", I say thanks and smile, but it's so weird because I weight the same as I did 4 years ago, but my body composition is different now.  I tell my clients all the time not to worry about what the scale says and to go by measurements and how their clothes are fitting.  I have had so many clients, only lose a small amount of scale weight, but a lot of inches.  They look thinner, their clothes fit different and they have more energy!  It really does not matter what the number on the scale says.  It is different all the time, especially for women who can hold water during a certain time of the month and have hormones that can make that number go up and down daily (although I don't recommend you weigh yourself daily).

 I weight myself once a week, and tell my clients the same.  I do recommend doing measurements weekly if fat loss is your goal.  This will give you a better picture of what is going on.  Speaking of pictures, progress pictures are also a great way to determine your progress.  When I realized that the scale didn't matter any more I felt free...that little number didn't determine how I felt or how my day was going to go, like it once did.  I now realize that it does not matter how much you weight, but how happy and healthy you are.  I enjoy living a balanced life!  I workout, I nourish my body with healthy food, I enjoy treat foods on occasion and I don't talk negative about my body.  This feels so much better than any number ever could.  I still have goals I am working on, I know I will get there, but those really don't depend on what my scale weight is.  I am lifting heavier weights and changing my body composition.  I am working to be happy, healthy & balanced.  I hope the same for you!  If you need some help with your fitness or weight loss goals, I do also offer 1:1 Online Personal Training.  It truly is my passion to help others in their journey to living a healthy life!

Since it's Wild Workout Wednesday I thought I would share one of my favorite upper body workouts!  Make sure you grab weights that are challenging but doable.  I am a personal trainer, but I am not your personal trainer so be sure to consult your physician before starting this or any new workout program. 

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