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Wednesday Weigh In Clarification

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Scale reading today was just that, a reading. I just wanted to take a moment to clarify a few things…

  1. I’m not actively trying to lose weight. I’m not dieting, counting points or only eating certain foods. I’m simply trying to make conscious healthy choices and eat when hungry instead of out of boredom, stress or sadness.
  2. I also don’t exercise for the sole purpose of burning calories. I workout because I want to. It helps me feel strong and confident. Frankly, I feel better when I move more even though sometimes it’s hard to walk out that door and make it happen.
  3. I still have some body image issues. It’s true. I’m not going to lie about it. There are days I look in the mirror and I feel confident, natural in my skin. Other days I’m self-conscious and uncomfortable. I’ve come to the conclusion this will never fully be resolved. At least I have the negative inner voice down to a whisper instead of screaming through a megaphone.

All that being said, I will continue to weight in for a few reasons…

  1. I’m curious. As someone who’s seen everything from 135 to 225 on a scale I can’t help it, the number intrigues me.
  2. I need a little accountability. I know myself and this is where I am right now.
  3. I’m documenting. That’s what bloggers do. We document. At least that’s what I do as a blogger. I like that I can look back at points in my life and read what I was thinking, see what I was wearing and yes, know what I weighed.
  4. I’m disconnecting from the number. When you take a picture of your scale and show it publicly it’s a little scary at first. Then you start to realize… it’s only a stupid number on a stupid scale. :)


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Discussion

There are 11 comments so far.

    Karen P

    March 14, 2012

    IMO you are very smart to continue to weigh in and consider it data. You can make adjustments if needed, but it’s not the say all, end all. You go girl. Data = power + freedom. KarenP

    Becky

    March 14, 2012

    It is hard to get to this point of acceptance in life.

    I can’t wait to get where you are!!

    Stacey

    March 15, 2012

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    Valerie

    March 15, 2012

    I told my son the same thing yesterday after my other son made him a “fat” avatar. My so-called “fat” son plays rugby and is incredibly active. He eats fruit and vegetables and is incredibly healthy. He’s also 11 and is probably on the verge of a growth spurt. It’s just a number. It doesn’t define who we are.

    Tammy

    March 15, 2012

    You’re doing a great job on all fronts!I have a question for you about your trail running. How do you control your breathing after running up a hill? The last 5K I did had a few little hills, which was enough to make me huff and puff and I just could not catch my breath and I had to stop and walk.

    KarenJ

    March 15, 2012

    It is important to weigh yourself regularly. I stopped weighing myself for a while because I thought I could determine my weight by how my clothes fit, and ended up wearing a bigger size before I knew it. At least the scale tells me if I’m on the right track. I try to disconnect from the number but it’s hard, especially when it’s higher than I would like it to be. You sound like you’re in a good place and heading in a positive direction.

    Karen@WaistingTime

    March 15, 2012

    Interesting – thanks for sharing. My goal has really changed in the past couple of years, thanks in large part to what I’ve learned from my own blog and reading others. I realize that for me, having spent many years as a yo-yo dieter and having reached my goal weight many times only to gain again, that what I need to work on is my relationship with food. Which is actually much harder for me! Both to accomplish and to define. But I am still a daily weigher. I need the accountability too!

    Andrea

    March 15, 2012

    I realize that a person’s reaction to the scale goes so far beyond logic–but this piece of equipment is truly just that–a piece of equipment. The resulting number is feedback–NOT JUDGEMENT.

    Christine (in CA)

    March 15, 2012

    Well said.
    A check/point can’t be verified without measurement. The scale is just a measurement compared to another measurement. I like to use my clothes as measurement but I can swing 10 pounds in my pants so I weight in once a week to get the check point.

    roni

    March 15, 2012

    Tammy – Honestly, every hill is different but I generally slow my pace down to tackle it and then level back out at the top and pick the pace back up when I catch my breath. I know that if you can push through the hill it’s so much better then slowing to a walk, after a few times of tackling it you will be shocked how much better equipped you are to handle it the next time.