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Scales don't measure sexy

Being fit and healthy is more than just about the numbers. There is more to physical and mental wellbeing than counting calories and weight loss. It is about how you feel. The confidence that builds as your body starts to transform or the increased energy allowing you to complete more tasks.

For this reason, I consigned my weighting scales to the back of the bathroom cupboard. I used to weigh myself daily and got easily frustrated when I wasn't losing weight. It turned out it wasn't good for my health and quickly killed the motivation to get and stay fit.

Weighing scales take no account of the softer metrics that come with healthy eating and fitness. How your body composition changes, the increased energy, and the improvement in underlying fitness and strength. Completing a session makes you feel satisfied and sets happy hormones racing

around your body. Your happiness and confidence all come from feeling good. Simply put, the scales don't measure sexy.

I still weigh myself, perhaps once a month, but it is more out of interest than necessity. Over the last 15 months, I've changed my body composition, transforming 21 pounds of fat into seven pounds of lean muscle. According to the BMI charts, I'm still technically overweight at five foot five inches tall and 11 stone. Another reason not to track the numbers, because I'm fitter, healthier, and happier than ever. My energy levels have soared, and I've reduced my waist by 2 inches.

Remember how you feel is as, if not more, important than any numerical measurement. And whichever measure you choose, your ideal weight is whatever you reach when you live the healthiest life you enjoy.

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