5 Easy Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle and Why “Weight” is Just a Number

That little number you see on the scale literally means almost nothing. Sure, it has meaning if you apply meaning to it, but for the most part using the number you see on the scale to judge a physical transformation absolutely won’t work and will leave you exhausted and confused if you only use it to measure your progress. Sure, I’ll admit when combined with other methods of defining progress, weight does have bearing, but alone it doesn’t. We all get a little too caught up when we see that number on the scale and for some reason mistake it for a sign of our self-worth. This has to stop. What matters most is what’s going on inside of you, both physically and mentally. That’s it.

With Radiant Evolution Fitness LLC I want to help teach women to let go of the scale and learn to use other tools to measure progress as well. I want to educate them on the nuances of what it really means to “lose weight” because obviously if you make it to the number on the scale you’ve got your heart set on, it won’t mean anything unless a change in your health occurs, you feel better, you’re stronger, and you look the way you want to look.

I know that good health can be obtained and progressed toward at every size. It’s all about what GOOD HEALTH and, most importantly, FEELING GOOD mean to you. That number means NOTHING if you have to feel like crap every day to get to it and maintain it. You’ll just undo your progress inevitably because humans just don’t like to suffer for extended periods of time. Sorry! We’re not built for that if we can help it.

Weight is just a number and one of MANY tools for measuring your fitness and health progress. It’s not a BE ALL AND END ALL definition of someone’s character, heart, value, and self-worth. I know it’s easy, but stop focusing on that crap! It’s unhealthy. Concentrate on the actual things you WANT to change in order to IMPROVE your life today. It’s a slow process, but you’re a thousand times more likely to stick to it and feel good while you do it if you don’t allow yourself to get discouraged every time you take a look at the scale and for some reason find the number you see there disagreeable.

It is beneficial to take a look at the scale every now and then, but every day and obsessively is too much. Minute changes in body composition just cannot be detected easily from a scale alone. If you’re interested in learning how to intuitively manage your weight through cognitive behavioral coaching, which I provide via my Weight Management Program, feel free to contact me. I’d love to talk to you and discuss the possibilities. Radiant Evolution Fitness LLC emphasizes results our clients are looking to feel and see, not some usually meaningless number on the scale when measured alone.

That said here are some simple intuitive tips you can apply each every day to stay on track toward any healthy goals:

Drink Water

Drink 8 glasses of water each day and to replace fluids lost during exercise. Drinking enough water helps to induce the feeling of fullness and can be used to prevent overeating.

Keep a food log

If you aren’t yet good at eyeballing foods based on caloric intake, consider downloading a food tracking application to track calories like Fitbit or MyFitnessPal. The process of tracking caloric intake, although tedious, educates you on what you’re eating and its nutritional value, but also shifts your focus away from eating more.

Practice intuitive and mindful eating

Eat intuitively and slowly, one mouthful at a time. Only eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re not. Don’t be afraid of leftovers.

Know your RMR

Calculate your RMR (resting metabolic rate, or how many calories you burn on average in a day if you just stayed in bed) to know what your daily range is and try to stick to it.

REST

REST when you need to as well. Pushing yourself too hard can spell disaster for any training program. You put yourself at risk for developing overtraining syndrome (insomnia, headache, various other aches and pains/soreness, loss of appetite, and a compulsive need to exercise) which can only be corrected through rest or reduction of exercise.

Author: Robyn

All great things start with a leap of faith.

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