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Healthy Beyond the Scale

By Sean | In Health & Lifestyle, Psychology | on September 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Amanda!

It’s not too often that you hear us advising clients to keep close tabs on their body-weight, unless training for a competition where weight classes are involved (Olympic lifting, Powerlifting, etc.).  We assume that most of you already keep tabs on your bodyweight, oftentimes too much so, and we want to avoid using bodyweight as the primary measuring stick which you determine your “health”. I’ve posted before on why using your bodyweight as your sole marker of health is misguided, but what are some other qualities that you may observe as result of eating cleaner?

Whole 9 posted “174,203 Ways to Measure Health (Besides the Scale)” where they highlight many different areas of our lives where changes may be observed ranging from the physical, mental, social, and beyond.  Common examples that we hear from clients are:

  • Leaner, more toned appearance
  • Less stiffness and pain in joints
  • Less digestion and intestinal issues
  • Better recovery
  • Improved energy levels (no mid-day slump)
  • No more carb cravings
  • Better clarity of thought
  • Improved ADD/ADHD symptoms
  • Better sleep quality
  • Medical bills are less
  • Feeling of empowerment
  • Enhanced culinary skills

The list could go on and on, but the article’s take-away message is to create a new scale by which you measure your health, beyond bodyweight, by making your own individualized list of qualities and positive changes that cleaner eating brought about in you. Keep the list somewhere that is easily referenced so you can reasses your progress and modify as your dietary journey continues. Find ways to remind yourself that progress occurs beyond pounds lost or gained that it’s about time that you “Break Up With Your Scale“.

WOD 9.17.112


2 Rounds for Time (18 Min Time Cap):
Run 1 Lap
40 Squats (Pistols)
30 Situps (V-Ups)
20 Pushups (Clapping Pushups)
10 Pullups (Chest to Bar Pullups)

*Options for Scaling Up are in parentheses*

14 Comments to "Healthy Beyond the Scale"

  • avelyne says:

    September 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM -

    Happy Birthday Amanda!

  • Mike K says:

    September 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM -

    Happy Birthday Amanda (aka one-arm bandit)!

  • tami says:

    September 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM -

    Happy Birthday Amanda!!! Why are you the one arm bandit?

  • Amanda says:

    September 17, 2012 at 8:40 AM -

    @ Tami – because I had surgery on my right arm, so I’m a leftie by default for a few more months. Ergo, one-armed bandit.

  • Datenight says:

    September 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM -

    Happy birthday Amanda! Another beautiful day in September — I hope you have a great one!

  • James says:

    September 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM -

    happy bday amanda!

  • troy says:

    September 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM -

    Happy birthday! always fun to pick on you at the gym. best part is you throw it right back!

  • Sara says:

    September 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM -

    Happy birthday Amanda! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • Scott says:

    September 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM -

    Happy Birthday Amanda!

    1. Ruth says:

      September 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM -

      Happy birthday Amanda! Thanks for being our Food Fairy Godmother this summer!!

  • Laura says:

    September 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM -

    Happy birthday Amanda!

  • Jason says:

    September 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM -

    Happy B Day, Amanda! Way to always bring it even if you are one winged right now!

  • Jon says:

    September 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM -

    Happy Birthday, Amanda! You kick ass and are always an inspiration. Keep up the hard work.

  • Holley says:

    September 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM -

    Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

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