Do you run to the scale first thing in
the morning? If that number is high does it ruin your day?
Do you avoid social situations with food
because you’re afraid you’ll eat?
If you said “yes” to any of those
questions, don’t feel bad. There was a time in my life when I said “yes” to
them too. I was obsessed with a number
and unhealthy as a result of it. But I
eventually found my happy weight. I
found the place where my body likes to be and I found the foods that give me
energy and strength. Do I wake up and
say, “I love my body!” every single morning?
No, but I know that the number on the scale isn’t the number of my value
or a definition of success or beauty.
can you find and be at your happy weight?
First make sure that it’s a HEALTHY weight.
BMI is a skewed way to measure “health”,
but it does give a general figure of being over/under weight and it is still
commonly used in medical communities today. A normal BMI is 18.5- 24.9.
You can find your BMI using the NIH website , however note the limitations associated with it. (Kyle is considered overweight via BMI (25.1) because his lean muscle weighs
more than fat)
You can also aim to have a waist measurement of below 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women. Waist measurements above that point are
usually associated with higher incidences of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol,
and heart disease.
Second know that your body may have a “ set point ”. What’s
Your set point is a weight at which your
body metabolically and physiologically tends to stabilize. It has been theorized that when you lose
weight, your body may slow your metabolic rate to bring you back up to your set
point. That point may be above where you’d want to be. And it’s a beast to
fight below that.
Do I have a set point? I’m pretty sure yes. I think it’s around
134-135. I've been in that weight range
for close to 4 years. Do I look leaner
and feel like a shiny new woman at 132? Yup. But I know where my body likes to
be and I fuel myself to be healthy and strong.
I am healthy and strong at 134.
Finally, there may be a connection between
stress, cortisol, and weight gain.
Stress can be emotional or it can by physical from continual exercise. Theories (again
with the theories) say that high cortisol levels can lead to increased
appetite, cravings for sugar, and weight gain.
So now we’re thinking…what’s the
solution? I can’t all of a sudden accept
my weight and be happy every day. No it’s
not that easy.
Here are my suggestions to finding a
Fuel your body with clean
foods. Focus on getting lean protein,
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber throughout your day.
Drink lots of water. It will make you feel clean and bright. I
Rest. This means get enough sleep
and allow your body time to recover from strenuous exercise.
Love yourself. You are not a number on a scale. Write it down if you must. You are not a number on a scale.
Journal. Before going to bed at night write down 3
things you did that day that were healthy.
Maybe it was a workout , adding a vegetable to your dinner, or trading
an afternoon soda for water and lemon.
Seeing your good choices on paper will help you realized that you can be
healthy and strong and that you are on the right path.
you at your happy weight? What does a “happy
weight” mean to you?