If you look at the history of my tumblr, I rarely talk about the ‘numbers.’ I haven’t posted how much I weighed before I started my running journey in January, nor what I weight now. This was a conscious decision on my part, because weight wasn’t the main purpose of this tumblr blog. Sure, I wanted to lose a few pounds at the start, but I knew that once I changed my diet and my exercise habits, my body would decide what my happy, healthy weight is.
However, it’s now over 4 months later, and I still don’t know what my happy weight is. A happy weight could be many things; it could be:
The list could go on and on.
In researching this area, I stumbled upon this calculator: Self.com’s Happy Weight Calculator . It asks you a series of questions (height, age, frame size, how many days a week you work out, whether you are pregnant, whether you recently quit smoking, whether you have an obese sibling or parent, and whether you allow yourself treats) to determine a “happy weight.” However, even this seemingly comprehensive tool confused me. Why should my happy weight be more if I allow myself treats or have an obese sibling/parent? Why should my happy weight be less if I work out more? While the calculator told me that I am about a pound away from my happy weight, I found this number to be without any significant meaning.
I then looked for more information about happy weights, healthy weights, or racing weights (since I am attempting to turn myself into a racer). I saw all sorts of advice, based on BMIs, body fat, or specific diets. But all of it seemed to conflict with each other, so I got frustrated and gave up.
If you ask my mom, she would say that I need to stop losing weight. Granted, I only weight a pound or two less than my college weight. Yet, when I asked close friends and the boyfriend for reassurance that I didn’t look like a skeleton, they told me I looked healthy and toned. Talk about confusing.
So what will I do? NOT WORRY ABOUT IT! Someday I’d like to get my body fat measured, since I think this is the most accurate way of determining a healthy weight. But right now, that’s not in the cards. Instead of focusing on my scale, this is what I focus on:
and toned Michelle Rodriguez arms…
and 8 minute miles)
I trust that my body will figure out what weight is good for it. Because weight is just another number.
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