“I’ve been hitting my macros every day for 2 weeks and the scale hasn’t budged. I’m so frustrated.”
“I have too much weight to lose to not see the scale decreasing by now. This isn’t working for me.”
“If I don’t see the number on the scale go down soon I’m done.”
These are common phrases we see often.
Guess what? The scale might not move quickly for you. The scale might not move AT ALL for the first few weeks or even MONTHS when you start macro counting. IT DOESN’T MATTER. THE SCALE ISN’T THE BEST TOOL FOR MEASURING PROGRESS.
Let me tell you a little story about a girl who has to work twice as hard as everyone else to see progress. A girl who works out 5 times a week and hits her macros very consistently, for MONTHS at a time before seeing the scale drop 0.5 pounds. This same girl worked her ass off for 18 months to lose over 50 pounds. That girl is ME. I’ve been in your shoes. I know it SUCKS sometimes, but you have to put your head down and KEEP WORKING.
Over the past 4 years I’ve learned one very important lesson: Consistency is where the magic happens. Some of us have to be VERY consistent to see the scale move. And when I say be consistent, I mean for several months, not a few weeks. SO WHAT if you only lose 2 pounds a month? That’s 24 pounds in a year! What did you do last year? Did you lose 24 pounds? Probably not.
Stay Fit Mom works with A LOT of women who come from a history of under eating. You MUST reverse diet and heal your metabolism before you even worry about that scale. In fact, the scale might go up your first 6 weeks of counting your macros. You might GAIN a few pounds. But before you lose your mind and say it isn’t for you, let me assure you that it’s a very important part of the process. Trust your coach, eat ALL the food, be as consistent as you can, and you WILL reach your goals. You might not reach them next week, but you will.
If you’re struggling to see past the number on the scale, I beg you to pay close attention to these things:
- How do you FEEL?
- Are your workouts getting easier?
- Do your clothes fit better?
- Is your coach and others noticing your progress?
- Are you noticing the small changes in your physique?
All the small changes add up to big progress over time. Two pounds might seem like nothing this month, but at the end of the year 24 pounds is a HUGE accomplishment.
There comes a point in time when you have STOP letting the scale have so much power over you. You are so much more than a number. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, stop looking for a quick fix, and stop putting a deadline on your progress. It’s time to finally commit to making a lifestyle change and the rest will fall into place.
I asked some of our Macro Ninjas, who haven’t seen much scale movement, if I could share their progress photos with you. These women are great examples of why the scale doesn’t matter and progress photos are SO important. Trust that things are moving in the right direction, even when the scale says otherwise.