Are YOU Ready to Have a #ScaleFreeSummer? Join Me! If Not, Join Me Anyway!

Are YOU Ready to Have a #ScaleFreeSummer? Join Me! If Not, Join Me Anyway!

So. I shot this video last week

Is she holding... lube?

Is she holding… lube?

…and then all hell broke loose. (But, of course, you’re already subscribed to my newbie YouTube channel, so you knew that already, right?)

And, although I spent the first few days of my summer being dropped in a dunk tank, we won’t talk about that. All I know, is that when my daughter starts waking up at 9:30 every day instead of 7…it’s officially summer.

But why a #scalefreesummer? Why now?

Because I’ve already learned the hard way, that permanent weight loss is about the fact that what you do to lose the weight will be what you do to keep it off. It’s about habits. The habits – and the nature of consistency that comes along with something being and becoming a habit – is what creates the weight loss. And, in fact, you can achieve the weight loss goal by focusing solely on the habits and throwing a middle finger to the scale.

(To be fair, and to assuage the fears of those of us who are addicted to the scale, I’ll accept a graduated digression from the scale – if you check it every day, try to strive to only check it once a week instead; if you check it every weekend, go for twice a month.)

What most people don’t realize is that it’s “pretty easy” to lose weight; it’s keeping it off that’s the challenge. And, as someone who has successfully kept my weight off for a long time and is experiencing quite a bit of success in literally transforming my physique for a competition in a healthy fashion – and taking my sweet, sweet time in doing so, because I’m not gonna embarrass myself or my blog getting on stage when I’m not ready – I think that I’m pretty intimately familiar with how this game goes.

A full-scale change has to happen. It’s literally a mind-body-soul type experience. Your mind is affected because, quite honestly, you have to change the way you think about food. Your body, because you need to prepare it for the ability to actually transform. And your soul, well… you really have to look at the things that make you happy, decide whether or not they’re standing in your way, and be willing to both let those old things go and embrace new things, allowing the new to make you happy.

I really hope that makes sense. It’s early and it may or may not look like gibberish through my sleepy eyes.

I’m tackling this from both the standpoint of the person who needs to change, and the person helping others change. I’ve got 8 people in two groups – 4 men, 4 women – that I’m going to personally be counseling through the entire summer, and writing about their experiences here. Everyone’s coming from a different place – some are thin and want to be lean, some are obese and are working with emotional eating, and some are right in the middle.

The fact of the matter is, this is what I’m basing my career on – yeah, I can train you, but what will you learn about how to live after you “can’t afford a trainer anymore?” What will you learn when you’ve decided we can’t work together anymore? What about living – not just weight lifting and weight loss – will you understand? This is giving me the opportunity to create a system that legitimately helps people, and understand how to navigate issues other than the ones I’ve endured, myself. They’re allowing me to share their stories with you, and hopefully it’ll help you work through whatever you might be going through, as well.

That being said… I’m filling up my hashtag with love, support, jokes, and insights from my own training. And, most importantly, I’ve got prizes for you if you do the same!

You don’t, necessarily, have to tweet in order to be down. You can share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #ScaleFreeSummer, or you can come to the FB page and post your workouts and updates, and dialogue with our community there! You don’t need to @ me on twitter or Facebook, but definitely mention me on Instagram so that I make sure I can comment.

Add the #ScaleFreeSummer hashtag to your Fuelband, your Runkeeper, your DailyMile, your MyFitnessPal, whatever app you use to share your fitness activities on social media! I want to know what you’ve got going on! Maybe you could show me a little something!

We’ll be spending a few weeks on each facet of the #ScaleFreeSummer – mind, body, and soul – and I want to bring you along for the ride!

So…who’s coming along?A#

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By | 2017-06-10T11:44:26+00:00 August 22nd, 2013|#ScaleFreeSummer|24 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. Nicole June 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM - Reply

    Good Morning,

    You mentioned that you train folks. I may not live in your area. How does one become your “student?” I am a BG who has unsuccessfully attempted losing weight since the birth of my son in 2008 and want to try something new.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall June 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM - Reply

      I won’t be officially opening shop for at least another couple of months, right now. But for people who might need a little additional support, you can email me using the contact form above.

  2. Yaeisha June 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    Funny, I was just saying this morning about how I’m going to ditch the scale and just go by how I feel. I’m in!!

    I’ve been obsessed with the scale at points. I’ve managed to leave it alone at points, but when I do step on I’m either shocked at the number or satisfied that I don’t weigh as much as I think I do. I’m so much more than a number on a scale or a clothing size. I’m a person. And as a person I feel kind of blah right now. I know my struggle is maintaining the healthy habits. I know exactly what I should be doing and should/should not be eating, but I let it fall by the wayside. I owe it to myself to finally start taking care of myself in all facets of my life. Thanks for starting this Erika!

  3. Emanon June 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM - Reply

    I’m in #scalefreesummer OWWWWW!

  4. Emanon June 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM - Reply

    Excuse the triple post! lol
    btw what r u thoughts on the Jawbone up? Thx in advance for ur response can’t wait to learn more!! #scalefreesummer

  5. The Get Fit Diva June 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM - Reply

    Mind, body, and soul?!!? I am so in for #scalefreesummer but I’ll be on a “graduated digression” plan. I look forward to participating and focusing on habits!

  6. Caryn Reed-Hendon June 27, 2013 at 9:29 PM - Reply

    I’m all the way down for #scalefreesummer, I have been past ready to ditch the scale. I feel like I have spent my entire life trying to lose weight, hoping for the magic number that I get upset when it doesn’t look that way. But here’s what I have figured out …. with the running and the lifting, things are starting to move around. I’d rather see my other numbers get to normal, than to keep focused on the scale that probably won’t be moving any time soon. I need to be #scalefree!

  7. Daree June 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM - Reply

    It’s tempting, but pretty unlikely that I will avoid the scale for months at a time. For one, I spent a year on weight watchers and made it to Lifetime so I don’t weigh in weekly, but I must weigh in monthly to keep my free benefits and be accountable for maintaining the goal I worked so hard to achieve. But even without WW, it’s just too easy for me to think “I got this” and not get a sanity check on the scale at least every few weeks. I’m not a “daily weigher” and I don’t let the numbers the drive me crazy, so it’s all good.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall June 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM - Reply

      If you’re checking once a month, then don’t worry about the scale aspect; you CAN share and encourage with your contributions, though! 🙂

  8. Kenyatta June 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    This is exactly what I need to stop focusing on the scale so much. I’m starting my #scalefreesummertoday!

  9. Michelle June 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM - Reply

    I’m just getting started. I’m at a very,very unhealthy weight, it’s so bad that if I gain another pound I’m going to have my own show on TLC. I’m at the point where I need to do something. I don’t have money for a trainer. Thankfully, my college provides a fitness center. It’s really hard and I’m really scared, but, I want to be healthy. I don’t care about being fine (well, maybe a little), however, my goal is to get the weight off and get well and developing a healthy lifestyle. So, I’m down for anything that will help me.

  10. Charlene June 28, 2013 at 3:54 PM - Reply

    I ‘ve stopped looking at the scale so much and am now focusing on healthier eating habits and getting more active. Great inspirational post.

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