Does Your Weight Matter To You?
Does Your Weight Matter To You?
I've been overweight. I've been underweight. I've gained it. Lost it. And gained it again. These last few years, I call my "Healthy" years. When I started to put a focus on what I eat (mostly), and started exercising. From these healthy years, I've been as low as 177-178 pounds. I am currently 188-190 pounds. Between now and looking back then, when did I feel the healthiest? Right now!
I have muscle on my body. I am more defined. I am in better shape now then I was at 178. And guess what? If I go by my scale, I am overweight.... And that. That right there is why I no longer care about the number on a scale!
But, that's me. And that's a mentality that has taken me time to grow into. And as a trainer, that is the mind set I'm trying to teach. That in terms of health and fitness, there is soooo much more to results and progress other than a number on a scale.
I took a question (and a couple follow up questions), and asked a few people, who I know have weight related goals or are into health and fitness overall:
"Does Your Weight Matter, And Why? And WHY Does The Number On The Scale Matter To You?"
Here's some responses:
"I guess maybe because I thought that's what "progress" would mean." -Amanda
"I'm going with no the number doesn't matter...but that's only in relation to good health ie diabetes, cholesterol, triglycerides, stroke, chf, breathing difficulties, etc. I think that your weight and goals should be achieved because it makes you feel good and gives you self confidence. Being someone that was chunky as a kid then thin and somewhat athletic during my teens then getting pregnant 3x and gaining 140lbs to now where I'm down 65lbs....I can honestly say that I've never felt better and more confident. Looking back I don't understand why I didn't like my body as a teen and then constantly being disgusted with myself as I put on more weight. Obviously I'm bigger than I was when I was younger but I feel sexier and I'm much happier with myself and my body" -Kristin
"It feels like the number determines if you're hard work is paying off." -Chey
DON'T LET THE SCALE DEFINE YOU
"No. I'm within a healthy weight range so I know I'm healthy. as long as I stay within my healthy BMI range, the actual # doesn't matter to me anymore.... I used to think being skinny was important." -Adrianne
"Yes, it does. In the matter of a year ago today, I weighed only 115lbs at 20 years old. Being accustomed to wanting to be thinner and that want becoming into an obsession. That itself resulted in increasing the level of my depression and getting put on medication that my body was allergic to, which also resulted to an increase of my appetite that led me to gain a solid 45lbs within 6 months to a year range. So exercising now and converting that fat into muscle is great, I'm amazed by how toned my body has become. BUT, not seeing the numbers go down leads me to be not too happy with results. I do want to see my weight numbers go down while keeping my fat turning into muscles. It's all a matter of preference. " -Natasha
BE HEALTHY. BE ACTIVE. BE HAPPY.
"My weight matters to me because I enjoy seeing the change in number when I gain muscle and can visually see the changes in my body to go along with it. The number itself doesn't matter but the confirmation of the changes I can physically feel and visually see does." -Jasmine
"Weight used to matter to me but since it does not always show health and fluctuates each day I am going to focus on staying on track with my healthy lifestyle." -Joanna
We will end this portion of the blog with an answer from Consuila:
"Yes, my weight matters to me and at times to other people. The number on the scale matters to me because on occurrences more than I can count my weight became my identity. It became the determination of how I will be treated, talked to, excluded from, included in, perceived as , and embarrassed by. Many times I can be talking in a group and my weight would come up and as soon as I say the number 3 I'm already receiving repulsive reactions from peers. Walking around an amusement park its already predetermined that rides will not be an option to me. When the topic of food is apart of the conversation I'm treated like a human encyclopedia or at a buffet my food choices are questioned. Often times its perceived that I'm lazy and don't care about my appearance. At times not being able to fit through a turn dial after watching tons of people walk through without a problem, even to walk into a clothing store having the associates stop me at the door to tell me they don't carry my size. Which over time becomes a state of mind causing fear and depression to sink in. I no longer felt like a person but a number. A number that's to big to wear certain clothes a number that people don't want to sit next to on the bus cause they feel they won't have any room, a number people don't want me in their car cause they feel its gonna weigh their car down. My weight has become a label I swear looms over my head when people see me coming. My number matters to me because it sets how people in many situations react to me."
LIVE PAST A NUMBER.
This will be a multi part blog. This is part one, other chapters will include more detailed individual experiences with weight, society, and ways to see progress without being on a scale. Stay Tuned....
And, thanks for reading!