Mermade Moments: Track Your Progress Without a Scale

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Track Your Progress Without a Scale

Scales suck - like Target has the shirt you've been eyeing on clearance in every size but your own - suck.

I don't consider them to be accurate. My weight fluctuates way too much during the day and I always feel bad when I get on the scale. I get discouraged if I ate healthy all week and gained weight. I get encouraged in a bad way if I ate terrible and lost weight.

I'm back on my eating healthier kick and I've decided to kick the scale to the curb - not literally because it's my boyfriend's - but I'm figuratively taking a sledge hammer to it.

Here are better ways to track your progress without being a slave to the scale :
  • take your measurements - I measured around my stomach for awhile and noticed a positive difference. It was cool to see the measuring tape go smaller and smaller.
  • go off how you feel - When I eat like crap, I feel like crap. I get stomach aches constantly when I don't watch what I eat. I use my stomach aches as a sign of how I'm doing diet wise.
  • notice how your clothes fit - This is a big one! When my jeans are loose, I sing with the Hallelujah choir.
  • go off how you look - confession : I straight up have a food baby if I eat a lot or if I eat crap. Like 4 month old food baby. My bloat goes waaaay down if I'm eating healthy. So watch that food baby, girl! Assuming I'm not the only person in the world with this problem.
I refuse to let the number on the scale make me feel bad. Will you ditch the scale with me?

Let's be friends.


  1. THANK YOU!!! My friend & I are always dieting one week then pigging out the next and she is constantly nagging me about never getting on the scale. I work out at LEAST 4 times a week and I eat healthy about 2-3 times a week. I still feel accomplished because my jeans from last year fit me now and they didn't 2 months ago. So HA to those scale lovers!

  2. I hate my scale. I get one it about once a month, just so I can enter in the info into my LoseIt app and for tracking purposes later. I much prefer measurement and how my clothes fit me, and this works much better especially if you are trying to build muscle tone. I prefer losing inches to pounds!

  3. I never have been one to rely on the scale. albeit, I am not particularly trying to lose weight, and more of trying to toned up and just feel better. But I agree, the scale can become an obsession. If you are working out, and first you start seeing the number drop its gratifying but then as you tone up and develop more muscle that number doesnt seem to budge as much. Go you for kicking the scale!

  4. I've always said, it's about how you feel on the inside, because when your insides feel good it shines through on the outside!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

  5. I'm in the same boat as Miranda, with just trying to feel better & be more toned (& to be healthier, because I eat like crap and it's starting to catch up!!). I love this idea! Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you submitted this to the HCBN email!


  6. I love this! Scales are the worstttt! I hate it when people get so set on a number. It makes absolutely no sense to me. I go by how I feel and sometimes by how my clothes fit if I notice something is suddenly too big or too small. I'm so glad you wrote about this and I hope lots of people see it! :)

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  7. I totally get food babies too... And I agree about measurements. I really don't care how dense (heavy or light) I am if I can fit into my clothes well!


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