4 Scale-Free Ways To Measure Your Health

4 Scale-Free Ways To Measure Your HealthPart of the Whole 30 is putting up your scale…for a month. Now, you can weigh yourself before and after, but not during. And you know what? The thought terrifies me. And that’s a problem, y’all. I shouldn’t have a panic attack about not weighing myself for 30 days, but I’m having nightmares.

That alone tells me that it’s not a healthy habit. I think that some of us are so married to the scale that life without it is downright scary. How will we know if we can have another cookie (yes, I’ve actually gone upstairs and weighed myself to see if I could have just one more JoJo), or if we need to do 45 or 60 minutes of cardio? Or if we can get away with skipping our weight training this morning?

The thing is, the scale is actually a pretty poor representation of our overall health. Yes, it can tell us if we are obese, but I am determined to finish out June not married to my scale.

Why? Because your weight is just one factor that helps you keep a gauge on your overall health. But there are other, much better options that you can use to measure your progress.


4 Scale-Free Ways To Measure Your HealthYour Favorite Jeans


“But I hate jeans!”

Okay, okay…your favorite piece of clothing period. We’re good?

You know that pair of jeans/pants/shorts or that dress that makes (or made) you feel absolutely fabulous? Using your clothing as an indicator of your fitness is actually really smart. If you feel amazing in your clothes, and they fit you well, then you’ll know fairly quickly if they get a little tight and can reevaluate your health choices.




When you first begin to exercise, or up your training, you need to build your endurance and your stamina. If your goal is to run a marathon, then you need to start running…but you also need to focus on building the muscles you need to propel yourself forward.

This means weights, or at least some body weight exercises to strengthen your muscles so that you can go further, and run longer. As you build on your exercise routine, you should be able to record the distances that you run (or wog, or walk) and see a marked difference between days 1 and 30 (or 60, or 100…you get the idea).


4 Scale-Free Ways To Measure Your HealthSleep


Sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you measure your fitness level, but as you increase your endurance and grow your health, you’ll actually start sleeping better. Healthier food choices will also help when it comes to sleep. Wouldn’t it be nice to fall asleep at night easily and wake up feeling rested? When was the last time that happened for you?

As you get healthy, this should be happening more and more.


Energy Level


As your fitness level increases, your energy level should match it. I found that as I lost weight, I wanted to be more active, and was excited to go on longer walks, take part in road races, and go to the park…it sounds simple, but when you’re unhealthy, often, you retreat into yourself. You may still go out, but I was much more comfortable on my couch with a milkshake and a movie.

I love having more energy. And if you have more energy, you will want to harness that, which means more exercise, healthier self…win-win.


Fitness is far more than a number on the scale.



It’s about how you feel, and how you deal with your life. It’s about waking up in the morning looking forward to your day. If you dread going out, wish you could fit into your “skinny” jeans (Admit it, we all have a pair from high school in the closet somewhere!), or just want to be an “active” mom.

Whatever your motivation, it’s much bigger than a number on a bathroom scale, which is why going without the scale is an experiment that I’m looking forward to. You should try it!

Are you willing to give up your scale for a month? Tell me why below!

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  1. Reginia Cordell on June 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I don’t think I could give up the scale for a month purposely. (I did when the battery died) 🙁 I know the scale isn’t a holistic gauge of health but it keeps me motivated and on track. My biggest goals are weight loss, increased stamina, and learning how to jog for increased cardiovascular health. I guess I could put away the scale if I had a buddy to support me.

    • Brea on June 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      It was hard at first, but I honestly don’t miss it! Are you using Couch to 5K?

  2. Nikki on June 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I totally agree, the numbers on the scale don’t really mean anything when it comes to figuring out your overall health. I think it’s fantastic that you’re letting people know that along with ways to TRULY measure health. My biggest indicator is my energy levels. Alas, those are pretty low lately, so I need to start exercising more.

  3. Melissa on June 28, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    This is a great post on how you can access to see if you are really getting healthy when you put the scale away. I always use the jeans as a way to test to see if I am losing inches 🙂 Thanks! I appreciate you reminding me about needing more sleep. I started wearing a fit bit and that has really opened my eyes.

    • Brea on June 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      I should do the jeans test…but yoga pants are so much more comfortable! LOL

  4. Melody on June 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    IDK if I could go 30 days without weighing myself. Maybe a week but definitely not 30 days. I know weight is so much more than a number, but I still like to see the scale for self assurance.

    • Brea on June 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      I was really scared, but I shouldn’t have been. It’s liberating! I’m loving needing smaller clothes!

  5. Jaime Nicole on June 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This is a great idea and I have tried to put the scale away in the past, but never got 3 days without jumping back on to check the digits. Then, the batteries died in the scale and I had to let it go. Fit and feel are definitely a much better indicator of health than scales! Even if you have to take the batteries out, give this a try.

  6. tammileetips on June 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I love this post!! It is so easy to get hung up on the number on the scale since that is such a huge factor in weight loss. It is amazing when you can replace your favorite jeans with a new pair of favorite pair of jeans!

    • Brea on June 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      Yes it is!!

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