I weigh myself daily, and today that little bathroom scale told me I weigh ten pounds less than I did yesterday! My logical mind says it’s not physically possible to lose ten pounds overnight, and it could be any number of things. My scale could be broken, I could be dehydrated or I could have eaten dinner earlier last night than I normally do. These are all logical explanations.
On the other hand, my hopeful mind that secretly loves seeing that number go down is ecstatic! My clothes have been starting to fit a little better than they were at my heaviest so obviously the scale has finally caught up with my true weight . . . right??
I guess I’ll see what happens tomorrow.
All of this reminded me of an impactful lesson I’ve learned through my journey with health:
It’s important not to let your weight, or your inches, or your body fat percentage define you.
You Are Not a Number
The world we live in today is full of analytics. We have apps on the phones we carry around all day with the ability to track our physical activity level, our weight, our body fat percentage, everything we eat, how much water we drink, our sleep cycles and even our menstrual cycles!
It’s difficult not to fall victim to the constant tracking and the competition of all of it.
When it comes down to it, though, no one remembers you by your weight or by how much water you drink every day. What people you interact with notice the most about you are your personality traits. People notice the way you treat them, and they notice how confident you are in your own skin.
These are the traits we should be most concerned with – not how to lose ten pounds overnight.
How to Use the Numbers to Your Advantage
Lately, I’ve been focusing my energy more on eating well and exercising, worrying less about the number on the scale than I used to.
Like I said before, though, I still weigh myself daily. But, it’s not because I need that number every day to know what kind of a mood I’m going to be in, or define whether I’m succeeding or failing at my day.
I weigh myself daily because I like to see the chart of my weight loss over time. As I’m getting healthier and healthier, the changes in my body are becoming more subtle, and it’s difficult to see my progress.
When I feel like I’m in a rut, seeing the overall picture can be very helpful.
Remember Not to Take it All So Seriously – You Can’t Lose Ten Pounds Overnight
The point is, it’s important not to the let your weight, or your inches, or your body fat percentage define you. Allow your unique personality and your treatment of others to define you.
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the numbers and the analytics as you get healthier and all those measurements start getting smaller. When it comes down to it, though, none of that matters.
What does matter is how you feel (mentally and physically) and how you treat others.
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