The Scale is a Liar. A. Big. Fat. Liar.
I finished sixty days of Insanity Max 30 about five days ago. Woo hoo!
And, I subsequently shared my 60-day photos with my online accountability groups. The positive support and comments I received were overwhelming. I owe my fitness friends and supporters much gratitude. Love you all!
See the joy and excitement in my face above upon completing the sixty days? I do!
Sixty days of Insanity Max: 30 -----> behind me. Man, oh, man! Sweat, tears, and cursing (maybe just a little).
- Increased strength.
- Increased confidence.
- Increased stamina.
Priceless. It may not have been always pretty (hardly ever!), but I am proud to say I finished!
To be honest? I wasn't going to share my "before" and "after" photos publicly here in my blog, or on my Facebook page. It felt humiliating. And, scary. And, somehow "icky".
I read what I wrote above. And, I see that thrilled look on my face when I finished. I am PROUD to have completed this program. It was the hardest program I've done in at least 2 years. And, I finished it. I didn't miss one, single workout. Even with our crazy, hockey-filled lives. My nutrition was spot-on for about 90% of the program.
Do you want to know what held me back from sharing my photos? (Well, besides the unattractive "before" photo?)
I lost one pound. In 60 days. One. Pound. Yes - you read that right.
But, you can't always trust the scale. Sometimes, you need to do yourself a favor and not listen to its insidious lies.
The scale can be a serious and negative addiction.
Your scale tells you one thing and one thing only -- how much you weigh (at this exact moment, on this planet).
The scale doesn’t tell you how much fat you have. The scale can’t tell you if you’ve gained muscle. A pound of muscle is like a brick: small and compact. A pound of fat is like a fluffy feather pillow: bulky and lumpy. When you gain muscle and lose fat, your body gets smaller and tighter. Building muscle also makes it possible to drop clothing sizes without a big change in weight. Perhaps after a 60-day program, the scale says you lost 1 pound, which may not sound like much. Right?
BUT, what if you actually lost 8 pounds of fat and gained 7 pounds of muscle? Hello? That's GOLDEN. That’s a remarkable improvement in your body composition, but you wouldn’t know it if you only used your regular bathroom scale to track your progress.
The scale also shouldn't dictate how you feel about yourself. On any given day. It shouldn't determine whether you have a negative day or a positive day. If you are stepping on the scale daily -- STOP. Especially if it really isn't working for you. Just think about it.
SO, in the spirit of being transparent as a Team Beachbody Coach, and admitting that 2014 was the roughest year ever for me, fitness-wise (just due to life circumstances) ....... here I am. In all of my sports-bra and tight-shorts glory. Day #1 photos, Day #30 photos, and Day #60 photos.
I don't see one pound lost here. Do you want to know what I see?
- EIGHT INCHES lost.
- A tighter and leaner abdomen.
- Smaller arms.
- A booty lift.
- Leaner thighs and hips.
- A happier, healthier, more fit gal!
- And, someone who can hang with Shaun T. for 60 days! Phew.
ALL THE BEST,