Obsessing much?

I never weigh myself.  I just don't believe in obsessing over a stinkin' number, when in reality that number may not mean much at all, because, let's face it: we're all built so different from one another.  Not to mention lifestyle differences that contribute to weight, or mass, I should say.  A couple weeks ago I was at a friend's house and there was a scale sitting out so I thought, what the heck, why not.  I hopped right on, fully expecting a far lesser number than what popped up.  This really chapped me--all day, in fact--because I feel like I've been especially consistent lately with my running goals... yet, here was this darned number telling me otherwise.

Or WAS it?!?

I think we can all agree that it's a foolish idea to obsess over a number, right?  But we need something to mark our progress, which is the convenient thing about a scale because it provides a pretty solid idea of where we're at.  I would offer a new idea: weigh in twice monthly.  That whole saying "a watch pot never boils"?  Yeah, well here ya go: weigh yourself daily and it's much harder to see the benefits of your hard work because you're trying to track subtle changes. 

Here's an even better idea: use how you feel each day as a marker of where you're at with your goals.  Do you feel better about yourself?  Were you able to run a little farther today without stopping?  Have you completely forgotten about your kids' Halloween candy hidden in the closet?  Do your pants seem to fit a little looser? 

I love to use MapMyFitness because it allows you to log your daily exercise and diet AND allow room for comments on how you felt that day.  What's awesome is being able to look back and SEE your improvements!  No matter how subtle the improvements may seem, when you're looking at it at the end of a week or month it's surprising to see how far you've come.  Also awesome: you can add friends so that when you update your diet or exercise you can share it with no one, just your friends, or make it public.  That's a great way to hold yourself accountable!  What's even MORE awesome is that they have a great app for iphones and androids.  Go check it out, if you haven't already.


  1. That is a pretty cool site...or IS it?!?!??! haha but seriously weight number annoy me because they never really represent how I want to look. Like, the time I thought I was the ideal shape (and exercising all the time) was when I weighed more than I weigh now (and I rarely exercise now), but right now I'm a larger clothing size than I ever was before! So 'amen' to it being foolish to obsess over a number!

  2. Exactly! Being accountable is honest; waiting for someone to notice (or worse yet, being expected to comment on another's weight!)is a fleeting, dishonest appraisal of yourself. My number is a sometime friend, and so I check in once a week.