This past Saturday morning, I was headed into the women’s locker room after an awesome workout–I lifted with heavier weights than usual, I had a blast at the class I attended, and I just felt good about it all.
Like most times I go into that locker room, I was tempted on Saturday to check my weight on the scale. I debated about it as I opened my locker and gathered my things, but in the end, I resisted. I left without stepping on that scale.
And for me, this was a little victory….
I’m at a healthy weight. I know I am…I’ve had wellness evaluations (bod pod tests also–that show much more important stats) to show for it, but oftentimes I let whatever number shows up on the scale determine my mindset about how I look and feel.
I know that if I would have stepped on that scale on Saturday and looked down to see a number higher than I’d *hoped for,* I would have let it ruin that great feeling I’d had from a great workout. And that makes me so mad at myself! It’s just a number that, for me, shouldn’t mean much at all.
And this all got me thinking….why are we so obsessed with the scale anyway?
I believe weight absolutely has it’s place…For people that are very overweight, obese, or underweight, the number on that scale can tell them a lot and is, in fact, important. But once you get down (or up) into the healthy range, that number really doesn’t tell us much, not the truly important things as least. Same goes for the BMI calculation…did you know that according to that, back in his “prime,” Arnold Schwarzenger (<-um, somehow I spelled that right on the first try?) was considered dangerously obese? And that man was just a whole lotta muscle.
Body composition is much more important. Getting enough quality sleep each night, eating wholesome foods (the right amount for you), and being able to run around/exercise/move are all important in determining how “healthy” we are! And that’s what I remind myself with each time I’m tempted to use that scale. I know that I’m at a healthy point, and most importantly, I feel good, so there’s really no need for it, especially on any sort of regular basis.
My point in all of this rambling? The number on that scale doesn’t solely determine our health or who we really are. We have to listen to our bodies–do we feel good? If not, then things have to change. If so, then we’re probably doing just fine! We can’t let the scale become an obsession or something that determines how we feel about ourselves, our health. Good choices, one right after another, really add up, and I believe that’s what we should strive for.
What are you thoughts on the scale?
Do you weigh yourself often?
Do you think it proposes too much (unhealthy) pressure?