Home Challenge!#ScaleFreeSummer Friday 5: 5 Ways YOU Can Become a Part of #ScaleFreeSummer TODAY!

Friday 5: 5 Ways YOU Can Become a Part of #ScaleFreeSummer TODAY!

by Erika Nicole Kendall

I’m really proud of the awesomeness being shared on the #ScaleFreeSummer hashtag, y’all.

credit: @mskerriebabe's instagram

credit: @mskerriebabe’s instagram

Even if you can’t completely give up the scale (I outlined a plan for at least limiting your attachment to the scale here.), focusing more on the habits that can healthily encourage weight loss instead of simply seeing the pounds move is the goal… and I have to tell you, it has been a real delight watching you lovely folks share your progress (and the fruits of your spoils!) with the #bgg2wlarmy. Hell, on days when I personally feel like sitting at my desk and getting some work done, I look at that hashtag and feel like I need to get up and make it happen. And, quite frankly, that’s what’s intended to do.

credit: @hautemama34's instagram

credit: @hautemama34’s instagram

#ScaleFreeSummer is meant to serve as encouragement. We’re out here, finding workouts that excite us and make us happy. We’re out here focusing on changing how we live. We’re out here digging in and diving deep. And, because of all that, we’re out here experiencing results. Does it really get any better than that?

I understand – it’s hard to just jump in, especially when you don’t even entirely know how to contribute.

credit: @curvy_jones' twitter account

credit: @curvy_jones’ twitter account

That’s why I’ve got a few encouraging tips for you in how you can get in on the action on social media! Presenting…. five ways that you can be down with #ScaleFreeSummer, with a little help from my friends!

1) Share your workout victories! Did you test your 1-rep max and find that it’s almost 20lbs higher than before? Did you hit a PR on your run? Did you finally master that crane pose? Tweet about it! Even better, instagram it! Share the little victories that make the activity meaningful to you. Since one of the tenets of #ScaleFreeSummer is to find an activity that challenges you, pushed you to grow and do better… the moment you realize that you’re progressing in your skill should be an exciting one! Share it – pat yourself on the back, and give someone else a little encouragement along the way!

credit: @chantibaby's instagram

credit: @chantibaby’s instagram

2) Share your better choices. Did you finally succeed in walking past that [insert donut shop] instead of walking inside? Chile, I know how hard that is! Share that victory on the #ScaleFreeSummer hashtag so that I can commend you! Did you finally go to the gym five days in a row? Share that victory! Did you successfully avoid the snack food aisle at the store? Did you find a new grocery store that has everything you want or need? Did you find a new activity to fall in love with? Did you take all the money you’d saved on skipping the snack food, and use it to buy some new running shoes? Share that! And show me the shoes! (I love a good pair of workout shoes!)

credit: @Liz_GetFit's twitter account

credit: @Liz_GetFit’s twitter account

3) Share your fitness progress. How’s that progress dress fitting? Did it suddenly become easier to, ahem, drop down and get’cha eagle on? Were you finally able to deliver that epic one-two punch? You know how I speak, often, of the fact that I used to not be able to get up from seats and cars without bracing myself? I used to have to put both hands on the seat in order to get up from a chair; I had to put one hand on the car door and the other hand on the roof of the car in order to lift myself out of a car. I cried the first day I realized I no longer had to do that. That’s progress. That’s becoming more fit. It’s also not as much about weight loss as it is muscle development facilitating more efficient movement. That’s something to celebrate.

credit: @gettingtohealthy's instagram

credit: @gettingtohealthy’s instagram

4) Cheer on others! Maybe you’re not ready to share, yourself, just yet. Not to fear. Check out the hashtag, and give someone else praise! It’s rough out there, sharing parts of yourself with strangers – well, I’m not a stranger.. I know each one of you… personally…okay, maybe not, but still! – especially when it’s hard to gauge how supportive your audience will be. Having that close-knit collective of supportive, like-minded individuals can serve as even more of a push towards committing to the goal. Tweet someone, using the #ScaleFreeSummer hashtag, and sing their praises! Cheer them on! Even give them a little “Awesome!” or “I see ya!” to let them know they’re getting it done.

5) Enter the giveaways!


I mentioned, in the beginning, that I had some lovely little friends who are dying to cheer you on in your journey…and I meant just that! Starting with my lovely pink “Sand to Savasana” duffel bag from Lululemon! When I bought one for me…I bought one for you! Enter below to win, and it’s all yours!

Enter today!

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Alicia August 9, 2013 - 4:17 PM

Hey Erika! My scale free success have included being able to run for an extra 10 minutes without stopping!! I have been able to fit into an old dress of mine that I swore I would never try on again. But my biggest scale free success has been being an inspiration to my parents on getting fit!! 😀 My father had an emergency quadruple bypass a month ago and he’s doing great!! Seeing him motivated to get fit and my family’s overall change in our eating habit has been a huge success of mine! Thank you Erika for all your posts!!

Majesti August 9, 2013 - 4:26 PM

I’ve added green smoothies to my diet and started moving. #ScaleFreeSummer #LetsGetIt

HD August 10, 2013 - 3:30 AM

Hi, Erika. Just wanted to say thank you for your blog. A few times recently I’ve been tempted to sabotage myself in some way, either by overeating or by skipping a workout, and I’ve stopped myself because of something you’ve shared here. I even saw your picture on another blog earlier today and got up to exercise! I’m holding on to my progress with your advice in mind. So thanks for being a sort of fairy fitmother and the angel on my shoulder when I needed one.

Jara August 10, 2013 - 9:26 AM

My scale free summer moments continue to happen on my work trips. I made a workout schedule that I own in the hotel gyms and on running trails. I am the picky person with my room service orders. And I just feel better.

Alexandrea Ward August 10, 2013 - 1:57 PM

So far, I have started being more mindful of what I do and eat concerning my health and overall fitness. I am also a motivator for a couple friends that want to get fit as well. I have started reading more about fitness and learning ways to spice up my workouts and suggestions for my friends and family. I have also lost 4 lbs so far on this fitness journey, getting one step closer to my goal.

Brittany August 10, 2013 - 2:20 PM

My scale free success so far this summer? I killed my sweettooth and have become way more active. Cutting out all of the added sugar I was consuming has done wonders for my health already. I’ve noticed a difference in my energy levels! Joined a spinning class and ran my first 5k ever! I’m registered for 2 more before the summer is over. This scale free summer has been awesome so far and I’m so proud of ME!

Sandrell August 12, 2013 - 11:07 AM

Hi! I just started today after seeing this post on FB. I started my journey to a healthier life earlier this year. There were a few bumps in the road, but I just picked myself up and kept going. I am determined to release this weight by 2014.

kami August 12, 2013 - 3:52 PM

My scale free summer has been great. Now I have some improvements such as cooking 5 days out the week. My goal is to have my fitness day to five days a week and increase my flexibility and posture. Then I am working on cutting out sugar. My goal is to find something with a relaxing element.

Phelicia August 12, 2013 - 10:18 PM

My scale free success this summer … I’m wearing shorts!!! Little ones at that! Legs all exposed. I started making healthier food choices this year and I have noticed an incredible difference in the sass of my sweet tooth. I also crave fresh, unprocessed food. And I enjoy going to the gym for me, not just to look at the weight lifting sweaty men folk!

Kendra Roberts August 13, 2013 - 12:40 PM

My scale free success has been cutting my time down from a 5 mile bike ride from 1 hour to 30 minutes. This is a major accomplishment since I have to go up the hill of death that’s at least an incline of 10 and down a series of 5 winding ramps to my half way point and then back up the ramp and down the hill to reach my original starting point. Heck, my first day of making it up the hill was an accomplishment! Little by little I saw my time going down and was so happy when I finally clocked 30 minutes.

I also tried on a dress I’ve had in my closet for the last 7 years with the tags still on it because I wasn’t able to wear it with any type of slimming intimates. I pulled it out the closest for my annual fitting and found that know it’s too large and I will have to take it to a seamstress for alterations.

Andrea August 15, 2013 - 4:04 PM

My scale free goal for the summer/fall will be choosing a fruit and veggie as a snack instead of chocolate or chips.

My other scale free goal is to go from working out two times a week to five times.

I want to be strong, not just slim. I want to be healthy. I’m sick of shying away from photos, I want to shine in them!


Tk August 17, 2013 - 5:57 AM

The start of my #ScaleFreeSummer was a rocky one. However, I’m happy to say that instead of running a mile at a sad 14:00, I can now run a mile in 10:25 with the hopes of cutting that time down to at least 9 minutes. 🙂 Oh and I definitely added optimism to my #SFS, which has made the journey so much more worth it.

@Curvy_Jones August 23, 2013 - 1:52 PM

Thanks for including me!! This has been (and will continue to be) an awesome challenge!

Ashley January 29, 2014 - 12:11 PM

How do I enter to win that cute bag? I’ve started the year off scale free by challenging myself to a 25 day no refined carbs or dairy diet. I lost 6 lbs!!( i didnt weight myself until the end of the 25 day challenge) Also, Ive cut soda completely out of my diet (even mixing my crown with juice instead)! I’ve always worked out but I’m seeing better results incorporating a healthy eating regimine. I can’t believe I havent had pizza all month – it’s my favorite food 🙂 I’ve started 100 squats a day since my challenge ended and drinking green smoothies to get all my veggie servings a day. I feel lighter and healthier!

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