I am almost 3 months post-partum now and have no idea what I weigh. Honestly. I don’t. Sure I have a round about idea, but no definite number. When I began my journey in health and fitness, I was OBSESSED with the scale. When it wasn’t moving I was disappointed. I let the scale dictate how I felt about myself and my mood. If it was down, I was happy and when it wasn’t moving, I was sour. I still don’t know why I let this little plastic piece of crap tell me how I was going to feel for the day. How much I could love myself and how much more work I had to do. I do feel like the scale has its place, but not a very big one. A scale has no idea what is going on inside your body. Just because you are skinny doesn’t mean you are healthy. A scale doesn’t measure body fat percentages. I think it is much more important to measure fat then weight.
Like I said, I haven’t stepped on the scale for a while. I occasionally step on it to see where I am and don’t take much consideration as to what number pops up. My goal. To gain muscle. There is a myth that muscle weighs more than fat. Which is actually impossible since 5 pounds is 5 pounds, but muscle is more dense than fat and takes up less space. As you compact muscle mass into your body, the scale may go up. I personally like the look of muscle. How much muscle differs from person to person. But I like it. I like to look in the mirror and feel like the person staring back at me looks strong. I used to be so focused on being skinny, but the further I got into my journey, the more amazing and strong I started to feel. The feeling is addicting. That feeling after you eat healthy all day. That feeling and rush you get after a workout. That feeling can last all day. Health and fitness became addicting to me. The more I did it, the more I wanted it. I still do. I truly am passionate about this lifestyle.
Don’t let a scale dictate your day, your mood or how you treat yourself and your body. Use it as a loose guide to track your progress. And for the most part, stay off of it! I don’t care what the scale says. What is more important to me is my goal, which is, like I have said many times, gaining muscle and strength. And don’t be fooled by the myth that if you workout and lift weights you are going to have all of this big, thick manly looking muscle. WRONG. I am a woman. I am made up differently than a man. I will NEVER look like one naturally. If I took steroids, different story all together, but I don’t :). I have been asked many times what I do for workouts. The answer is Crossfit. I know its very controversial, but I whole heartedly believe in it. The issue of injury has come up too many times, and really, in any sport or gym, there are a lot of injuries. If you are unqualified or have an unqualified coach, injuries can happen ANYWHERE! Crossfit has taken my fitness to a whole other level. Even after a baby, I am more fit doing Crossfit than any other workout I have ever tried. It is a workout that strives to make you an all around good athlete. Not focusing on just one skill. Another great thing about Crossfit is, that the workouts are completely scalable. You can be 25 or 95, come to the same class and do the same workout, but every movement can be scaled to your fitness level. Also, every day is a different workout. You would be hard pressed to come to class and ever have the same workout (unless it is a bench mark and are seeing how far you have come since the last time you did that workout). I don’t want to tell anyone what to do but I just wanted to share, since I have been asked a lot 🙂 But, truly any workout is better than no workout at all!!
Anyways, I hope you all have a great weekend and keep those diets on track 🙂