My word for 2015 is Nourish and the more I think about it the more I love it. Last year was the 3rd year I had a word and to be honest it was the first year that I took it seriously and actually lived the word.
Linked to my word is my need to nourish myself by accepting who I am physically! You would think at 36 years old this wouldn’t be an issue anymore but it is and I am tired of it being something that holds me back. This was also part of my acceptance last year and during our holiday in December I spent the a lot of time in my costume, I even wet on a water slide. 6 months ago I wouldn’t have done this, I have issues with being in my costume but I am getting over them, quickly.
As soon as we got home from our holiday I raced to jump on the scale to see how fat I had gotten. Fortunately my scale is broken because as I stood there I started thinking about how that line of thinking “how fat am I?” is NOT nourishing anything! So I got off, pushed it under the cupboard and decided then and there to not get it on again and here’s why!
1. It is demotivating. How many times have we eaten well and exercised and then we jump on the scale and it either says we have put on or lost nothing. That does not motivate me at all. In fact it makes me want to run out and shove all the Steers chips in my face because what difference does it make.
2. Its not accurate. Of course it is accurate in that if it says 100kg I am probably 100kg BUT it does not necessarily mean that I have not lost weight/centimetres. Last year when I was doing the whole low carb thing with David I actually put on kgs BUT I lost centimetres, I know this because my clothes got loser etc but the scale still threw that horrible number out at me.
3. Does it really matter? I used to think it did. I used to think that getting to that magical number of 65kg was when life would begin. I used to think I needed to get there to be a healthy person. The reality is I don’t! I don’t need the approval of the scale. I am not linking my self worth to the numbers on the scale.
So I have decided to stop checking my weight. I will know if I am losing or putting on – we all do, I don’t need a scale to tell me that.
Instead I am focusing on getting healthy by making changes in my diet, getting more active and generally just shifting the goal from reaching a number to reaching a lifestyle!
How important is the scale to you? What are your health and fitness goals for the year?