The scale is a tool built to measure weight—that's it. But so many women use it as a barometer of success and happiness, which, as we've reported before, can be seriously detrimental to your mental and physical health. That's why fitness influencer Claire Guentz is here to remind you, for the umpteenth time, that the numbers on the scale do not matter.
Guentz recently took to Instagram to share two side-by-side photos of herself—one from 2016 where she weighed 117 pounds and one from this year, where she's 135 pounds. While she's 18 pounds heavier, Guentz explains that she's actually happier and healthier now. Still, she admits that there were times when she loved weighing less simply because she was so fixated on the numbers.
(2016-2018 18 lbs. difference) I think at some point or another we’ve all heard that little voice telling us that the lower number on the scale is better. I know I have. I have never been one to really fixate on my weight, but two summers ago when i fractured my jaw, my weight dropped dramatically without any fault of mine....but I found a small part of me liking that number on the scale . While I knew I needed to gain back the weight, I didn’t see the immediate rush. I mean, I weighed less but I looked good right!? It wasn’t until Stephen really pushed me and was like, Babe—this isn’t good. I know losing the weight wasn’t your fault but you need to get back to your normal. Looking back —I wasn’t at a healthy weight and I didn’t look good. But I didn’t see that at first. To put things into perspective, I’m 5’9” so 117 lbs is not healthy. And I get that some people are naturally thinner—I mean I grew up always feeling so gangly and awkward for how skinny I was. But there’s a difference when you’re so fixated on the scale and weighing less. . I can honestly say that I feel much happier AND confident being 18 lbs heavier —yes, EIGHTEEN POUNDS This is your reminder that different weights look different on everybody, and to not let the scale number dictate if you’re making progress. I hate to think if I would have let the scale control the rest of my fitness journey, and I don’t want that for you either! Tag someone who needs to hear this . #weightgain #weightgainjourney #gainingweightiscool #reversetransformation #fitnessmotivation #fitnesstransformation #fitnessjourney
"I think at some point or another we've all heard that little voice telling us that the lower number on the scale is better," she wrote. "I know I have. I have never been one to really fixate on my weight, but two summers ago when I fractured my jaw, my weight dropped dramatically without any fault of mine…but I found a small part of me liking that number on the scale." (Here's another fitness blogger who proves weight is just a number.)
Guentz knew that she needed to get back to a healthier weight, but something kept holding her back. "I didn't see the immediate rush," she wrote. "I mean, I weighed less but I looked good right?!"
It wasn't until her husband called her out for not taking proper care of herself that she was finally motivated to ditch the scale and focus on being healthy. "Looking back, I wasn't at a healthy weight and I didn't look good," she wrote. "But I didn't see that at first. To put things into perspective, I'm 5'9", so 117 pounds is not healthy. And I get that some people are naturally thinner—I mean I grew up always feeling so gangly and awkward for how skinny I was—but there's a difference when you're so fixated on the scale and weighing less."
Fast forward to today and Guentz feels more confident in her skin than ever. "I can honestly say that I feel much happier and confident being 18 lbs heavier," she wrote. (BTW, here's why more women are trying to gain weight through diet and exercise.)
I feel like so many of us put unneeded stress on ourselves during the holidays. I know I definitely did in the past Anyone else? Over the years though I’ve shifted that perspective & realized the stress around holiday food had to stop. I couldn’t keep living my life feeling anxious about every holiday or occasion. . My diet & workout going into the holidays is a little different than you might think! I’m scaling my workouts back to only 4x a week, and moving to more intuitive eating with my macros (aka eyeballing portions & keeping my macros in mind but not strictly following). Right now I just feel like this is what fits best! Lately I’ve been finding 4 workouts a week is what I can fit into my schedule without feeling overly stressed about rearranging my entire schedule just to get to the gym. I am not “less healthy or fit” because I choose to workout 4x instead of 6x, and you aren’t either! As far as food, I’m going to be conscious of what I’m eating but I’m choosing not to diligently track. I don’t have any strict goals right now and I’ve been counting for so long and know how my body responds to different macros that I feel comfortable with moving to more of an intuitive approach. I know I can always go back to counting more strictly if I choose! . I want to share this with you guys because it’s important to know that you don’t have to be extreme during the holidays one way or another. Do what you feel comfortable with and what will allow you to enjoy the holidays without totally going overboard. The holidays don’t have to be a time where you totally stress and all hope is lost lol, it’s going to be okay! AND for even more tips! There is a new podcast up our approach to the holidays (link in bio) & there will be a blog post up tomorrow with more good info!! so stay tuned . What is your approach to the holidays this year? You guys doing anything different with workouts or diet?!
Wake-up call: The scale doesn't define you. Mentally, the scale isn't what should give you validation. Building a healthy, sustainable lifestyle is a much better goal to have. (Check out this new health measure that will change how you see the scale.)
As Guentz says herself: "This is your reminder that weight looks different on everybody and not to let the scale dictate your progress. I hate to think [what would happen] if I would have let the scale control the rest of my fitness journey, and I don't want that for you either!"