I know you do it, most of us do. We put a lot of focus and reliance on a set number we would like the scale to say. A number that would finally make us feel happier if we could just reach it. A number we have created in our head, not necessarily for health reasons but because society has dictated what is considered sexy. And yet how often are we left disappointed because that number on the scale does not reflect the hard work we have been putting in? We feel like we are making progress, so we hop on the scale in excited anticipation only to feel disappointed that the number has barely budged, if not worse, gone up. Ready to throw in the towel, we question whether it is all worth the hard work we have been putting in.
As frustrating as this is, and believe me I do know how frustrating it is, I would like to challenge you to look at things differently. Health and fitness is about way more than just a number on a scale. It encompasses your mind, your body, and your spirit. And although the scale may reflect a portion of what it is to be considered healthy, it is not the only thing to be celebrated. Being healthy and fit is about being able to walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for air. It is putting on your clothes for the day without pain. It is being able to pick up and hold your children without struggling or needing to sit down. It is running around outside with them and going to the park to play. It is about feeling empowered and strong. Pushing yourself passed limits that you never thought you could reach. It is doing one more pushup or adding extra weight. It is endless energy. A positive attitude. It is building relationships. These are the focuses that should drive us. These are the victories we should be celebrating.
Yes, hitting a certain weight might mean being able to do some of these things, but it is not about the number. It is about accomplishing them. It is having drive, will power, and strength to do things you never thought possible. Those victories cannot be measured by a scale. And most likely you will not be at your ‘goal’ weight when you start accomplishing them. So, I am challenging you to not focus on what number you would like to hit, but to cherish and celebrate the victories you accomplish along the way.