May 27, 2011

Step Off the Scale!

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.


  1. I think it's way better to look and feel good in your skin and feel confident in what you're wearing (your clothes) than any weight. I agree with you 100%!

  2. Love love love this! I think all too often we concentrate on what the number says instead of going by ALLLL the other positive changes that eating balanced and working out has brought.