What Happened When I Weighed Myself After 3 ½ Years

general health Nov 13, 2021

Once you learn how to strength train right, the bathroom scale gets reduced to an inaccurate measurement device.

For most of my life I let the bathroom scale boss me around. 

It measured my progress along with my self esteem. If it decided to give me a low number, I’d feel great about myself and as if I were winning. 

And if it surprised me with a high number, part of me felt defeated.

One day about 4 years ago I woke up feeling awesome. My body felt tight and lean, and my tummy was flat. I felt (italics)skinny. I was convinced that my weight was at its all time low and was excited to see that low number on the bathroom scale. 

In my usual routine, I hit the bathroom and stripped down naked to weigh myself. Excited for the boss to pat me on the back and tell me how great I am.

And my weight was 5 pounds higher than I expected.

I literally laughed out loud. And my relationship with the bathroom scale was O.V.E.R. 

I marched it right down to the trash bin and never looked back. 

Until recently.

For the past 3-4 years I’ve not known my body weight. Not-a-once. 

When I would visit the doctor I would look away, and tell them not to tell me. I really and truly did not care, and wanted to start relating to my body in a new way.

That new way was wonderful. I started assessing how I felt and how my clothes fit. I paid attention to how well I performed during my workouts. I started using my own internal system of assessment to know if I was bloated or inflamed. 

I became the boss of me, assessing my progress, my way. And put the bathroom measurement device at the bottom of the importance list. 

It’s been wonderfully liberating and trust-building. I now know how to give my body what it needs for performance and weight maintenance. I really and truly do not care how much I weigh. 

There are times when knowing your body weight is helpful. Some times when the bathroom scale can be helpful:

  • If you are more than 25-30 pounds from your ideal weight
  • If you are on a muscle-building program and want to assess your progress
  • If you need to know your weight to calculate your daily nutritional energy needs (calories)

In this episode of Hot Tea with Holly I share all the things, and what happened when I weighed myself after many years of not knowing. This might be one of my favorite episodes ever.


At the end of the day, what matters most is if you are healthy, happy, and moving towards your goals. 

Grab a cup of hot tea and spend some time with me. Let me know what you think of this episode in the comments below. 

Stay strong, friend.


Do you love learning about evidence-based concepts? Are you someone who appreciates research that backs up your beliefs? Me too. Here’s one of the studies I used for this article.

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