Do You Focus on the Scale or Enjoy the Process?

by | Mar 10, 2023

When is the scale going to drop?

Are you the type of person who weighs themselves in the morning and then allows the number to dictate your mood?

It’s ok if you are. I was that way for years.

And truthfully, when I’m actively in a dieting phase, I still struggle with it at times.

It’s annoying and frustrating when you feel like you’re doing everything right but the scale is like … nah, your work is no good here.

Makes you want to say … why bother?

So, why DO you bother?

Probably because the logical part of your brain knows that you’re in this for more than just the scale.

That you want health. You want energy, you want an improved relationship with food. You want your kids to see a positive role model and to avoid the chronic dieting trap that you fell into.

Improving your health is about more than just weight loss.

But even knowing all that, it doesn’t mean you don’t get pissed off when the scale is not cooperating.

And it often diminishes all of the hard work you’re putting in.

For example, you’ll say things like … I was super consistent today, got my workout in, got my steps in … BUT … the scale was up 2 lbs. this morning.

I once heard that the word “but” is basically an eraser for everything that came before it.

So basically, all you’re saying is, “the scale was up 2 lbs. this morning.”

And discrediting everything else.

Keep that in mind the next time you tell a loved one something like … I love you but you can be so annoying sometimes.

All they hear is … you can be so annoying sometimes.

Anyway, I heard the perfect analogy that highlights what we’re actually doing when we focus so heavily on the scale each day.

It’s the equivalent of going into work each day, walking right into your boss’ office and saying, “Am I getting a raise today?”

And then doing that over and over again, every single day.

Am I getting a raise? Am I getting a raise? Am I getting a raise?

How do you think that’s going to land with your boss?

Probably not well.

Think about how raises actually happen …

You show up each day. You do your job really well. Sometimes you even go above and beyond. And you keep doing that consistently over a long period of time until your boss says hey, I appreciate all the hard work you’ve been doing … here’s a raise.

That’s how the scale works too.

I first heard this analogy from my buddy Aram when he joined me for a Q&A call for our challenge participants and it definitely struck a chord with many.

The reality is this …

Successful people focus on the process.

Unsuccessful people are always obsessed with the outcome.

This week I released a podcast with my good friend Christy Campbell to break down all of the habits of successful people.

Christy and I have very similar stories as to how we got started on our own journeys and we also have coached thousands of people combined.

So … we’ve seen some shit in our time.

I highly recommend you listen to this episode.

You can listen on Apple Podcasts here.

Or, you can go to Spotify, Google Play, or any podcast platform and search Mind Over Macros.

If you want to win some free supplements, go to Apple Podcasts, search Mind Over Macros, click the thumbnail, scroll down until you see ratings and reviews, then submit a 5 star review.

I pick one person each week to win :).

This weekend I want you to make a conscious effort to be more process focused.

The win isn’t the scale.

Winning isn’t all about weight loss.

The win is your actions, behaviors, and habits.

Write that down on a sticky note and refer to it frequently.

Or keep getting frustrated by the scale each day.

Your call.

Interested in 1:1 Coaching?

And let me know that you’re interested in the 1:1 signature coaching program.

Top 10 Ingredients to Achieve Your Goals and WIN

Top 10 Ingredients to Achieve Your Goals and WIN

If you truly want something, it's not enough to simply declare it. There are a lot of ingredients that are required to make you achieve your goals. Recently, I mentioned that only 5% of people who attempt to lose weight will get the weight off and keep it off. Today,...

read more
Why You Lose Weight and Gain It All Back

Why You Lose Weight and Gain It All Back

You've probably heard by now that only 5% of people who attempt to lose weight will succeed in getting the weight off AND keeping it off. Have you ever considered why that's the case? Well, I'm about to explain. But be careful with this information ... diet programs...

read more
Are Cheap Nutrition Programs Holding You Back?

Are Cheap Nutrition Programs Holding You Back?

Lessons from a 10 year old: cheaper is not always better! The other day Mel and I were taking a walk with her youngest daughter, Evie. She was upset because she had just purchased an Apple Pencil for her iPad (or stylus or whatever they're called) and it broke. As we...

read more