⬅️SWIPE ⬅️ When I first began to put more thought into my diet and my training, my sole focus was fat loss - I wanted to be lean. Before long, that desire to see prominent abs turned into an obsession with seeing the scales showing a smaller and smaller number each week. I developed a negative relationship with what I weighed pretty quickly.
While I would become even more determined when I saw the scales reflecting my hard work, it also drove me to perform excessive hours of cardio, eat less than I should have been eating and on the occasion that the scales didn’t behave in a fashion I thought fair, cause me to question whether or not I was good enough. It caused me to doubt myself. To not believe in myself. Being and getting lean, I felt, was who I was. It was who I became and who I thought I wanted to be. It defined me. And if I couldn’t continue to do that, or if being that wasn’t possible, I felt like less of a man. As if I were inferior to others because I couldn’t do or be what I thought I wanted to be. All because of a number.
The reality is that the number on the scales doesn’t define us. It doesn’t even tell us how we look, if we’re a decent human, whether we’re kind or hard working or loving. It simply demonstrates how much downward pressure we’re applying to the earth at any given moment. Use your weight as an objective way to measure your progress and make educated decisions moving forward, but don’t let it dictate your self worth, because a number alone does not tell the entire story.
It’s all about perspective - weighing in at over 100kg for the first time was enough to kickstart my weight loss journey because at the time, I didn’t see that figure as an acceptable number. Now, that number tells me a different story. What you weigh doesn’t dictate how you look, and if your plans involve adding any muscle mass at all, understand that number is probably going to do some changing over time. Height is 186cm. Inspired by @becchambersfit ❤️