19. July 2013 14:55
The scale is only a tool. It can not tell you:
- how fast you can run
- how many inches you lost
- how you PR'd a deadlift
- how much your kids/family love you
Why do you believe you need to weigh a certain weight? I saw a Facebook comment from a friend recently. She posted saying she had accomplished her goal to fit into a certain pair of jeans, but still needed to lose ten pounds to make her weight loss goal. What? Why?
Why does she think she needs to weigh a certain amount? If her waist is the size she wants it to be, then why go further? I understand if she is still not happy with her body after she reached that goal of fitting into her pants, but she made it sound like she was happy with that.
We are made to believe we should weigh a certain amount, and if we get above that weight we are unhealthy or overweight. We have been categorized into averages – women who are X feet tall should be roughly Y pounds. Says who?!
Have you heard of the body mass index, or BMI? Your BMI is based on your weight and height and doctors will tell you if you are above a certain BMI you are at risk for certain health issues.
While this is somewhat true if you are quite heavy, is it that true if we weight X amount then we are fat, and if we weigh less than X amount then we are lean and healthy?
Absolutely not!! There are many skinny people who are unhealthy.
Do you think super skinny models are healthy? How about bodybuilders during their competitions? They are both lean, but most are not healthy.
Of course, being too overweight does have health consequences. I do not want to make it sound like it is okay to gain a bunch of unnecessary weight. All I am trying to get across is that once you are in a fairly healthy weight range, a number should not determine your happiness with your body.
Why do YOU believe you need to weigh a certain weight?