Whenever people ask me how much weight I've lost since starting Zumba, they are shocked to hear me say that I don't know. But the truth is, I don't.
Because I have a rule: I never get on a scale.
I admit, I'm a bit intimidated by scales because I tend to be somewhat obsessive over numbers. This became apparent to me when I tried Weight Watchers in college. I spent my entire day thinking about food and points. It was like a sick game for me of trying to consume the most amount of food for the least amount of points. I would be eating breakfast and already thinking about dinner. Not so healthy, huh?
I refuse to step on a scale because I know I'm the kind of person who would let it control my life. I wouldn't be able to limit the number of times I'd check my weight, and I know how easily a "bad" number would ruin my day. I just don't want such a trivial number to have so much control over how I feel about myself.
So, how do I measure my success? I'm more concerned with the size of my clothes. Yes, this is still a number, but it's not a number I can obsess over quite as much because it doesn't fluctuate so frequently. I want to be a smaller size, yes, but I am more motivated by looking better in my clothes than an ideal size. For me, this seems to work better.