I get really frustrated when people ask me how much weight I’ve lost drinking Shakeology or doing Insanity Max: 30. I feel as if that is the only measure of success people are interested in and when I have to tell them I haven’t lost much weight… they assume I have not seen much success with the program.
The truth is, weight loss isn’t my main goal. It stopped being something I focused on a few years ago. Let me tell you why.
1. Having PCOS means that I am insulin resistant. Since I’m also a type 1 Diabetic and take insulin throughout the day, I have to take more insulin than I used to – due to the PCOS. Insulin is a fat building hormone. In addition to weight loss being difficult in general, I am fighting just to not GAIN weight due to the insulin I have to take to keep me alive.
2. I get that weight loss is quite a few people’s goal for getting into a fitness program, but I wish it weren’t. First of all, you shouldn’t feel like you HAVE to lose weight. Secondly, when I focus on other health related goals, weight loss may be a mile marker, but it’s not my end game. Therefore, since I have a more important end game in mind, I don’t lost sight of my goal because the scale isn’t moving as fast as I want it to.
3. My goals have now become:
- Lowering my insulin needs – which means that my body is better using the insulin I’m taking.
- Having more energy.
- Creating a consistent fitness schedule – and STICKING TO IT!
- Improving my volleyball skills – jumping higher, spiking harder, moving faster, etc.
- Eating better overall. Lowering my carb ratios per day so that I’m closer to the Dr. Bernstein plan for Diabetic Eating – which will help with the first goal.
- Taking time to love on my body, by eating well and being active – every day.
I have to tell you, I have seen HUGE progress on all of those goals. I’ve lowered my insulin needs THREE times (this is a BIG deal and is really hard to do, so I really can’t stress how huge of a success this is for me!). I have tons more energy. We just finished week 3 of waking up at 4:30 EVERY DAY to consistently work out. I have seen a huge improvement in my volleyball game. I crave less junk food and more fruits and veggies. I have lowered my diet soda drinking from a couple a day to 1 or 2 a week. I lowered my daily carbs to 100ish. I have to modify my Insanity Max: 30 less. I feel confident, happy, and because I see these kinds of awesome results, it’s creating a hugs passion in me to help other people reach their goals and change their lives!
However, when someone doesn’t ask me about my personal goals and progress, because they are just concerned about my weight loss, they totally miss these HUGE victories I’ve had with the program. It becomes about some arbitrary number on the scale which does little to nothing in reflecting the changes that are actually happening in my body and they totally miss the point of why I’m doing what I’m doing.
Here is my advice for letting go of the scale obsession: find a better reason to take care of your body.
I’m not saying weight loss can’t be A goal… but it shouldn’t be the ONLY goal. It should be a mile stone, not the end game.
For example, if my ONLY goal is to lose 20 lbs, and I work out and diet and bust my bum to lose those 20lbs… what happens after? Do I just stop? Since I didn’t have a better “WHY,” I don’t have a reason to continue. Instead, if my WHY is because I want to control my blood sugar, have increased energy, take care of my body, and be more active so that I honor my body… then no matter how long it takes me to see weight loss results, I will have a motivating reason to keep my eyes on my end game, and I won’t give up.
So, what milestones have you reached that you should be celebrating today?
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