The scale does not define you

 Photograph of Isla Verde Beach.

“Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.”

~Lord Chesterfield

The past two months I have gotten a better at staying away from the bad habit of weighing myself every day.

I have scale in my bathroom and when I started my latest fitness transformation, I got hooked with stepping on the scale and looking at variances of my weight.  The problem is that your body weight is similar to the stock market; it tends to go up and down during the day and even after the market closes.

I remember reading the book by Stephen Baker The Numerati (affiliate link) and how he explained the value for people of old age with certain illnesses to measure their weight daily to capture variances in their bodies that could be a flag for immediate medical help. In my case, I just turned 33 this past week and I seem to be in good health so I have no excuse of weighing myself that often.

Weighing yourself everyday might be a problem

Last week I shared how I feel when people waste lots of time focusing on the wrong metrics and things that are not important. I can relate that to how our weight is only a miniscule factor in our body’s composition and we spend so much time thinking about it.

It’s easier to stand on top of a scale

Instead of going to the gym and training, it’s easier to stand on top of the scale and wait for results. If you don’t know what you should be doing when it comes to fitness, there are many factors that can make you think you are on the right track. But in the end, if you are standing on the scale and not taking action, you are only tricking yourself.

Unproductive Habits

Many people get into the habit of doing something unproductive. Some look at the analytics of a website, clicks on a Facebook ad, watch the value of stock fluctuate and look at how much a real estate property is valued to figure out net worth. Right now a 30 year old is spending unproductive time checking his 401k and thinking of his retirement.

It will take a while for that 30 year old to be able to recover his 401k (without any penalties).

Focus and Take Action

Past experiences have taught me that if I focus and put my energy into what I can control, it will lead to better results. Focusing too far ahead in the future without thinking of the present moment, was a gradual change I made after reading the book that changed my life.

Remember to live in the now and enjoy what we have at this particular moment. I want to thank you for giving me a few minutes of your day and would love to hear your feedback

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  1. Prometeo on April 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I used to be a slave to statistic on my blog. One day I asked myself, who am I writing this for? I remembered I started blogging to blow off some steam. It was my way of commenting on thing like someone who thinks out loud. After that I seldom look at the statistics and I feel good.

    There’s a saying that goes, “a watched pot will never boil”.

    Adelante y éxito.

    • Raul Colon on May 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

      I guess we all have gone through that… Thankfully we remind ourselves of the important things in life.