I know we have all seen those transformations on Instagram where girls post side by side photos that look COMPLETELY different, yet their weight is the same and sometimes actually higher and their bodies look leaner and more toned.
To be perfectly honest with you, I never experienced this phenomenon for myself. When I started BBG, the weight just kept coming off. I definitely looked leaner and more toned, but I was also losing weight. I lost almost 20 lbs.! In fact, I wondered if there was something wrong with me. It’s not that I was unsatisfied – I don’t care what the scale says if I look good 🙂 , but I wondered why so many other ladies could transform and not lose a pound.
That question was answered for me after about 10 months into BBG. In December 2017 I was at the leanest I had ever been and feeling GOOD. My strength was up, I was running faster, and eating well. My body showed it.
BUT then the holidays came around and I slipped back into some old habits of over indulging. Even though the scale said I gained 15 lbs. back right after the holidays, I knew that wasn’t accurate (water weight, bloat, etc.). I gave myself three weeks and then stepped on the scale again. I had gone from 125 lbs. pre-holiday to 130 lbs. (net gain of 5 lbs.).
I’m not going to lie to y’all, I was pretty frustrated with myself. I absolutely enjoyed being lax on macros over the holidays, but I went WAY past “memories over macros”. I was eating to excess and went to bed with a tummy ache most nights. There’s nothing I could do about it now except learn from it and be better in the future.
Ok, ok, I know this post seems pretty depressing so far…let’s get to the silver lining!
After hovering around 130 lbs. for a week I realized the 5 lb. weight gain was real and couldn’t be blamed on bloat. That being said, I was still feeling pretty lean. I didn’t really get it – how could I be feeling the same way I felt before the holidays if I was heavier?
Ah – hence the “screw the scale” light bulb! I went back and looked at the last time I weighed 131 lbs. (July) and compared my current body measurements to my measurements at that time. I was surprised to see that my waist was narrower, belly circumference smaller, as well as having slightly lower measurements on my arms and thighs.
In other words – I weighed the same but my body composition had improved. I was stunned!
This goes to show you that gaining weight isn’t always a negative thing. You really have to dig deeper into what is going on with your body. This is why measurements and progress photos are so important. Don’t neglect these on your fitness journey.
I’m curious – what’s your experience with the “screw the scale” movement? Leave a comment below, I genuinely want to know 🙂 .