As I sit here and admire my two week old little girl I can’t help thinking about my weight. It’s been two weeks since this bundle of joy came into the world and my body started on its journey back to normal human status. I am feeling fairly good about my progress so far even though I’m still not allowed to actually work out and I’m not watching my calories like a hawk. However, I haven’t bought a scale yet, and I’m debating whether I really want to or not.
Yes, it’s nice to see the numbers go down but what if they stand still, or go up even if I still look and feel the same. Then what? Then I get to feel bad or upset for a day or two or maybe longer until the numbers get back on the downward trend?? I don’t have time for that! I think I’m going to set myself free from the scale. Numbers are just numbers, and I’ve got enough education and brains to know the gazillion different ways your body weight can fluctuate from weigh-in to weigh-in despite the hard work put in at the gym or diligent adherence to calorie counts in the kitchen. I’m going to measure my weight loss and return to pre-pregnancy body by how my clothes fit and my performance in the gym. Why tie my self-esteem or mood for the day to a number? I’d rather put on my clothes with a smile because they fit great, and celebrate a new personal best in the gym without the thought in the back of my head that I still didn’t lose that last 2, 5, 10 pounds or whatever amount I would have decided meant I had done enough.
How do you determine when you are at your best weight? Do you pick a number at random, based on a previous weight you were at, based on a celebrity’s physique, etc? Or do you live by a clothing size or fitness performance?