Fitness Friday – my relationship with the scale
|February 22, 2013||Posted by Carrie under balance, body image, female problems, Fitness Friday, nutrition|
I’ve said many times how I don’t have a good relationship with the scale.
It’s been many months since I stepped on the scale. I avoided it for a long time because I would beat myself up because of the number. But, at the same time I was fooling myself. I thought that I was counting calories and working out regularly. I couldn’t possibly be gaining weight. I’ve had to adjust my relationship with the scale.
But, my clothes were getting tighter and tighter. And it wasn’t because they were shrinking.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed another form of accountability. But instead of relying on that stupid number on the scale, I decided that I needed to look at more information. I bought a scale that also measures body fat.
I know I’ve been developing a good amount of muscle lately. I wanted the information about body fat so that I wouldn’t obsess over the other number.
Picture taken about 6 weeks ago.
Two weeks ago, I got on the scale. The number was way higher than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t like it at all.
And, I didn’t like the body fat % that I saw.
But, really – I knew what that number was going to be. Although it was also the first day of my period, so it probably wasn’t the best day to step on the scale for the first time in at least 6 months.
I’ll admit, the number got me down. Both numbers.
But, a week later, I was down a few pounds and body fat % was down too. I haven’t let it get to me.
This week, I’ve noticed a difference in my clothes. This morning the scale said the same thing as last week. I’m okay with that.
My body fat is well within the healthy range. According to this chart, healthy for a 41-60 year old woman is 23-35%. That’s a pretty large range of healthy. When I was having all my issues a few years ago, I think my body fat got close down to 23%. That was obviously not a good place for me, even though it was still in the healthy range. Just my reminder that everyone is different.
Which is why I’m not sharing specific numbers. What works for me, isn’t going to work for everyone. I may not like the number I see, it’s 7 pounds more than where I’d like to be. But, my body fat percentage is only about 1 or 2 percentage points higher than where I’d like to be.
So, I’m going to continue to track my calories and be careful not to blow all of my hard work on weekend outings (which is where my problem lies). I’m trying to focus a little more on higher protein meals and lower carbs and fat. Actually, I really just cut out my multiple servings of nut butter daily and the mid-week wine drinking. Not because of the calories in the wine, more because when I drink wine I tend to overeat. Tiff at Love, Sweat and Beers wrote a great post the other day about tailoring your macronutrient needs based on your activity levels. Go check it out.
I like the muscle I’m building. It’s okay that it makes the scale higher. I’d like my body fat to be in the lower third of the healthy range, so I’m focusing on that. Right now I feel good.
Welcome to another phase of my relationship with the scale. I’m learning to use it as just another tool in my healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t define me. I don’t walk around with the number on my forehead. It doesn’t define me. But, if I don’t use the scale as a tool, I tend to ignore the other signs that I’m getting off track. So, it needs to be a part of my life.
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Do you look at more than just the number?