Weight. Years ago I read an interview with Frank Zane Former Mr Olympia about the limitations of using the scale to measure progress. He suggested that you use photos of yourself in the same light, same conditions to more accurately assess your progress.
Your weight is a reflection of so many variables. Many fail to realize the number on your scale affected by what you ate last night, the day you’re on in your cycle, hydration, inflammation, digestion, muscle soreness, last bowel movement, fat and muscle composition, time of day, stress, RX you maybe on, hormones and so on. Those who let the numbers between their toes control their mood, efforts and self-worth are fighting a battle they’ll never win. .
I use photos (taken once a month) to assess progress. I take a bunch. I put them in a separate folder and I pull them up to see that I’m making realistic and manageable progress. How I LOOK used to be my main measure of health. I’m much wiser now. When I looked my best I was the most unhealthy. .
I now use a Health assessment Tracker I created to measure my TRUE health. I keep track of mood, skin, hair, energy, mental clarity, hormones, sleep, strength, flexibility, lack of joint pain, nutritional efficiency, drive, enthusiasm for life, headaches, fatigue, recovery time, metabolic flexibility and how I feel over all. What we look like is only one teeny tiny little fraction of what it means to be healthy. So before we idolize someone with the physique we want, remember a photo doesn’t tell us what’s really going on with their health. My mission is to redefine what it means to be healthy. If you understand how important this is, I invite you to join the #131Movement. Click the link in my bio to learn more 😊
👍🏼 and out of curiosity - do you weigh yourself? How often? How much does it impact how you feel about your progress?