The Cardinal Sin

October 4, 2017

The Biggest Cardinal Sin Is…


Weighing yourself.

And I truly mean it, if you obsess over a number on the scales you will drive yourself nuts.

And the worst part is, it isn’t even a good indication of success.

I only take weight measurements because it’s what everyone judges results by.

So you must never, and I repeat never weigh yourself every single day

And I have seen it happen.

If you insist on weighing yourself, it is once a week, on the same day, at the same time.

Before eating or prior to your day beginning

I’d much rather see you throw the scales away, so you’re not even tempted

But from this point on, it doesn’t matter.

The only thing that matters is results measured by girth measurements and photos.

I have two stories that I use to give you perspective on how ridiculous this notion is.

1. Kirsty

During her time at the studio, Kirsty would often check the scales and was mortified to see them continually go up.

Understandably so but you know what confused her.

As her weight went up she continued to get smaller, she dropped two dress sizes, and her girth measurements dropped drastically, and yet by the end of her transformation, she was up 6.5kgs.

She was heavier than she had ever wanted to be, and yet was looking the best she ever had.

Scales aren’t an accurate reflection of results.

2. Me

Back when I played college basketball, during the pre-season, we would run for 8 hours straight; it was a whole new level of exhausted at the end of the day.

But what would happen is, they would weigh us in prior to training and then again at the end.

On average we would lose 5-7kgs in ONE DAY

Crazy right?

Well after that we would go home, eat, drink plenty of water and basically pass out from exhaustion.

Next day we would weigh back in, and we would have put back on nearly all the weight from the night before.

Becuase we were hydrated and fed again.

And if we hadn’t put back on enough we weren’t allowed to train because we were recovering properly.

Weight is a fickle thing and can fluctuate based on ridiculous things.

Let me give you one final point to show you how ridiculous and dangerous it is.

Bonus: The PT

I used to work for this guy back in the day, and he used to run this program called “50 pounds, in 50 days.”

Now I pull off some pretty sizeable changes, but this is still stretching it and what I am about to tell you is the reason why.

To start with to qualify you had to have way more than 50 pounds to lose.

Next, if you were already training, you were out

And if you were one of the unlucky ones to qualify you were in for the worst 50 days of your life,

You were expected to train at least twice a day; your calories were cut to well below 1000 a day.if you

If you survived all that and as you were getting close to the end and you hadn’t lost enough you would be put on laxatives and like I mean heavy duty laxatives.

You would have to pee and poop prior to a weigh-in, and if you still weren’t down enough, that meant extra training, designed to make you sweat.

It was one of the most horrendous things I have witnessed, but it worked.

A great publicity stunt he successfully got multiple people to this point.

Do you know what happened afterward?

So much weight gain

Because it wasn’t sustainable and it sure as hell wasn’t healthy

So please stop stressing about the scales and start looking at things that will actually show up in your life.

Like photos, measurements, strength, and fitness

That’s all I have for you,

Until next time,

Lachlan “True Results” Farley

P.S If you are ready to make a healthy and sustainable change



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