This is not going to be a post about how you should stop weighing yourself and just love what you see in the mirror. If there’s one thing I know from working out for years, is that you want to see progress from all the hard work you’re putting in, and progress, sometimes, does come in numbers.
I own a scale and pop it out whenever I feel curious, but the numbers that really matter to me are from my measuring tape.
Right arm (bicep): 10 3/4″ (no flex) 12″ (flex)
Left arm (bicep): 11″ (no flex) 12.5″ (flex)
Waist: 27 3/4″
Buns: 37 1/2″
Legs: 19 1/2″ (right); 20″ (left)
Calves: 13 1/2″ (left); 13 1/2″ (right)
I, honestly, do not know how much I weigh at the moment.
I measure on a monthly basis: I don’t want to overdue my measuring because body changes take time. I don’t want to stress about not seeing the numbers move by doing it too often and not giving my body the time it needs. I’m currently in the process of gaining muscle, so I want these numbers to increase (13″ flex goal!!). I’m guilty of, at times, overdoing my cardio, which is not productive for muscle gain. If my numbers start to decrease, I know I’m doing too much cardio and I need to rethink my workouts.
If you’re trying to lose weight, measuring is great because it’ll clearly show where you’re losing the weight (something a scale does not). Is it coming from your legs? your buns? waist? are your arms getting thinner? So, I’m not saying to toss that scale; of course not, but don’t let that be the only number you focus on.
…and yes, you should look in the mirror and ALWAYS love the reflection.