Can we talk candidly for a minute? I don’t get a lot of “hate mail” but I do get some comments from people who have different views on health and fitness and I think it’s perfectly healthy to have a discussion when that happens.
So recently I got a comment from someone who was criticizing me for “being dependent on the scale” to make me feel good about my post baby weight loss. I thought about it for a while and finally think I have a response.
So let’s talk…
For those that have been pregnant, you know how magical, wonderful but sometimes daunting and frustrating it can be. You are not in charge of your body, a little being is renting it for 9 months and I’m perfectly ok with that.
But once the renter vacates the premises, it’s up to you to care for it and get it to whatever desired state you want it to be. Some are happy as is…That’s great. Some mamas want something different, either to be the size they were when they got pregnant, or some may even want to be smaller. Some don’t even think about it that way…some think in terms of fitness and endurance levels.
In my mind, none of these are wrong. You are you, your goals are your own.
For me, my goals are a combination of weight loss and fitness. I know I want to be able to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half in July in Chicago and eventually get my pace back so I’m definitely focusing on getting fitness and endurance.
But it doesn’t stop there.
I wish I could stand up here (on my invisible soapbox) and tell you that I shun the scale and that I have no desire to see what it says but I’d be lying. I’m human and I look at the scale.
I want to be able to fit into my old clothes. I want to feel confident like I did before. I don’t want that to come off wrong. I’m content but I’m not “there” yet. So the scale, is just another measure for me. It helps to keep me on track and shows me that all the hard work I’m putting in is paying off.
I don’t look at it everyday, once a week if that. I’ve said before I don’t have one at the house so it forces me to go to the gym to weigh in which is not easy to get to these days.
In my line of work, we use things called KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) to track how work is going. My weight is just ONE of the things I’m tracking. It’s not a holistic view of me but it is one indicator that I’m on track.
So to the criticizer I say…Watching the scale? Yes. Dependent on the scale? No.
In the next couple days I’m going to be opening up about how I’m getting back to my pre-baby form and hopefully sharing some tips and tricks from other new mamas. I think it’s important to share so if some of it works for you great!
Ok, so there it is. I’m being honest. Fault me if you want but it’s the truth.
What KPI’s do you use to monitor your fitness, if any? How do you stay fit?