As I celebrated a birthday this past month, I may have added another rung to my tree, but…..
I am proud to say that I am in the best shape of my life, have more self confidence than I’ve ever had, feel the most energized at LIFE and got this way without owning a scale!
Growing up I always had a rather healthy relationship with food and exercise. Nothing too extreme, my parents were active, I loved sports – I was a typical happy and healthy kid.
Fast forward to college and all of l the sudden the loss of structure from sports, expanded late night food opportunities, less sleep and a little too much “fun”, led to my body doing what any body would do without proper care – become unhealthy and therefore yoyoing with my weight for years!
During summers I would vow to ditch the weight I put on and so the up and down weight roller coaster began. This is also where my first obsession with the scale came in.
I never had the kind of obsession where I would starve myself and go on crazy cleanses or fasts. I like to eat WAY too much and I still do (only now my choices are out of love for my body, not dislike).
Since college, I always owned a scale to keep myself in check. I believed that a certain number defined what was a healthy and happy me.
I’m so grateful I have learned, that the same number can look completely different!
I may weigh more now than what I thought was my”happy number”, but I am smaller, STRONGER, happier and healthier now. Take that NUMBER!
Fast forward to today. I am the proud mom of 2 little ones and they are now a big part of what defines me!
Kids have a way of changing you and no matter what changes my body went through before, during or after birth, once those little ones entered this world, nothing was ever going to be the same.
Looking back, it seems like such a simple thing, but after my daughter was born I threw away my scale.
Hands down on of the quickest, best things I EVER did for my physical and mental well being!
If you own a scale, I promise that’s harder than it sounds! Right there is proof that your scale has too much control over you.
I made such drastic health changes in taking care of myself prior to even get pregnant. I was eating real food, working out more than ever, and living a lifestyle that showed my body I loved myself, not hated it.
One too many times I let that scale have control of my mood, my progress and my hard work.
Unless you are body building or competing, I see no reason to own a scale.
You can keep the scale if are one of the rare, maybe non existent people who can get on a scale 100% of the time and be ok with the number – good or bad.
Your clothes, you mood, your energy, your zest for life and your body will tell you 100% of the time if you are healthy. Tune into those things. Those are the health markers that matter!
A number does not make you healthy!
Guess what? Since I ditched the scale, I know without a doubt my weight rarely fluctuates and I am at the top of my health game.
I like to button up a pair of pants every now and then to keep it real ( I live in workout clothes), but I am so in touch with my body from ditching the scale and getting to know ME – inside and OUT!
I am passionate about exercise for a lot of reasons and the number on a scale doesn’t make the list!
Having kids changed my total perspective on just about everything in life but one of the biggest things it changed was my relationship with myself.
I give to my kids 110% day in and day out.
That is EXACTLY why I need to take care of myself EVERY SINGLE DAY and why the number of the scale isn’t going to make me a better mom.
With all of this said, I am not telling you to just ditch the scale if it works for you. Nor should you continue habits that you know aren’t healthy and expect that this miraculous revolution will come to your mind and body just from throwing out your scale.
If you want to be healthy and live a FULL life, you need to do more than want it.
You need to work for it, love yourself enough to show up, and to keep at things long after the initial motivation of your goal fades.
My team is so incredible, i because we all share the belief that self care, hard work, showing up and being the best version of ourselves, far outweighs what any scale will say.
When you start to exercise consistently – you want to feed you body better food, you sleep better, you drink more water, you are able to manage stress better.
It is a small commitment you can give yourself each day, that carries over into every other area of life.
So as 2017 unfolds and all the excitement of new resolutions fades, I hope you find the things this year that will feed your soul for years and years.
Things that will make your heart smile, your family happier, YOU happier and your life AMAZING.
And as cheesy as this may sound, my VFit tribe and the hard work I also put in, give that to me day in and day out – not a number on the scale!
Ditch those scales, focus on what your body/mind tell you are healthy and here is to THE YEAR OF YOU!