Step away from the scale, I repeat, step away from the scale. Now, you might be wondering why someone in my position, with more than a few pounds to lose would be telling you this. I have my reasons and I think it could help a lot of people who have chained themselves to this idea that to be healthy, attractive, and/or sexy, they need to weigh a certain amount. Why does society decide for us how much we should weigh to be healthy? More importantly, why do we measure our worth and our success by a piece of glass and a magic window that tells us our weight?
I have battled my weight for years. Ever since puberty I have been one of the "fluffier" girls in my class, group of friends, etc. AND I let the scale tell me how worthy I was to be happy. Guess what? When you put that kind of faith into a machine, you aren't going to like who you are very much.
When I was going to weight watchers, I learned two ways to measure my success: 1. What the scale says and 2. What the tape measure says. I wasn't losing weight as fast as I was losing inches, actually when I started working out and running, I was GAINING weight but I was still LOSING inches. Hmm. So now I was stuck. Do I listen to what the scale is telling me? Or do I listen to what my tape measure, and subsequently my mirror, was telling me?
I decided I would listen to the one that was making me the happiest AND I started looking for other ways to find success in my journey for a healthier me. I have lost close to 50lbs but I have lost almost 10 dress sizes. I even have a love affair starting with my mirror.
How does this relate to running?
With my running, since I am super slow, I started giving myself little goals. Run past 2 mailboxes, take 5 seconds off a quarter mile, try for a negative split at least once. Each run I try for something different. If I am successful, I push further or faster the next time.
Another thing I have done to help measure my success is to try and take away the words "just" and "only". It was "just" a mile. It was "only" an inch. I even have a RunJunkEe friend who, whenever I say anything like that, will get on me for being negative. You see, if we celebrate and give power to the little things, we eventually will have giant successes. Also, don't be afraid to let people know your little successes and share them with the group but even more importantly, don't be afraid to be your own cheerleader too. So I challenge you to step away from the scale (unless you are doing Josh's challenge) and to find other ways to measure your success, no matter what it is.
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