Weight is But a Number

Like age, weight doesn't define you. After all, it's just a number. You can be 120 pounds and totally out of shape or 140 pounds and the fittest you've ever been.

At the beginning of my fitness journey, I was obsessed with being a certain number. I was focused on maintaining a specific weight because I thought that it meant I was healthy and looked my best. I felt that my weight defined my fitness level. As I began working out more and seeing my body composition change, I learned that my weight statistic wasn't important to my overall body image. I was gaining pounds, but looking leaner and stronger.

Thats why it's important to lose your obsession with the scale. Don't weigh yourself regularly and don't depend on a decrease in your weight to make you feel satisfied with your fitness progress. Weight fluctuates each day based on water retention, hormones and much more. Also, muscle weighs more than fat. As you workout, lift weights and challenge your body to reach new fitness goals, your muscles will grow and your fat with disappear. This usually causes people to gain weight but appear leaner.

I recommend setting fitness goals that don't involve a particular weight. Instead of challenging yourself to lose a certain number of pounds, try making a goal concerning your fitness ability. For example, strive to be able to run a mile in 7 minutes or squat a 50 lb barbell for 20 reps. Attempt to go a month working 4-5 times each week. Goals like this will build you up and encourage you to keep working to become a more fit version of yourself, instead of discouraging you which often happens from stepping on the scale.

Moral of the story, stop focusing on your weight and simply push yourself to live a healthier, fitter lifestyle!