The truth comes out today…I really don’t like scales. I never have. I think they are deceiving and they use a number to tell you if you are being successful or not. They’re awful. With my previous 2 pregnancies I never stepped foot on them when I was trying to lose weight. I just did what I did and over the next couple of months the weight came off. But please note, that I was eating right and exercising 5 times a week.
Recently I’ve found myself stepping on it almost every day. And every day I’ve been getting the same response, 136. Not moving anywhere weight wise. I found myself getting discouraged. I was letting a number on a scale dictate my success and what my body needs instead of listening to my body. The scale does not know that I’m sleep deprived, that I need extra iron, or that I’m eating the best I can for this time of life. All it knows is how much I weigh, and it doesn’t care how that makes me feel. Then I step on the scale and feel a bit bad at my progress. How could I possibly be letting my happiness be dictated by something like that!? Forget that, I’m moving back to my old ways.
While nursing I need to be eating more calories, add running on top of that and I need even MORE calories. So what am I going to do you ask? I’m hiding it. I am going to hide my scale. Okay, not really because I can’t ‘hide’ something then hope I don’t find it. Unless it’s a Christmas present…then I hide it and don’t find it til June. However, I am going to move it to a place that I don’t see it often then focus on what my body is saying in the mean time.
That way, I only weigh myself every couple weeks. That way, I will focus on what my body is telling me and enjoy the challenge of training and balancing life as a mother. That way I stay in control and enjoy the journey that much more. Wish me luck. The plan is to continue following my healthy eating plan, watch my portion control and exercise 5-6 day’s a week. I’ll let you know in a month or so how the weight loss is going IF I can find my scale…
I think it is the gift of runners, to be able to read your body. To know when to push it and when to back off. Hopefully, with your training, weight loss, or any goals for that matter, you will know what is healthy for YOUR body and not be driven by society’s expectations.