Saturday, January 21, 2012
I'm still down from the beginning of the year, though, so WooHoo anyway!!
I had someone ask me an interesting question today while I was out running. We were talking about losing weight and they asked me how much more I was trying to lose. I told them I'd need to lose another 80 lbs to get down to normal BMI. Their response was to ask, "But how much more are you trying to lose?" Kinda made me stop and think - well, I didn't actually stop, but I did think! ;-)
I told them my goal is about another 40 lbs, but that I wouldn't be too upset with myself if I didn't make that. Then we got into a discussion about the fact that there are other numbers that are more important than the number on the scale - blood pressure, for example. I have been off my blood pressure meds for several months and, the last time I went to the doctor, my BP was 116/67. That's a good number!
Another good number is the number of miles I can run/walk now. I did 10 miles today, but I have done as high as 15 and lived to tell the tale (just barely!) I have done one half-marathon and I'm training for another. Those are some good numbers!
And then there are all the intangible, unquantifiable benefits of losing weight and getting healthier - being able to shop in any clothing store, having the energy to do something after I get home from a long day at work, being more confident in my abilities, actually thinking once in a while that the person in the mirror is lookin' fine!
Bottom line - the number on the scale is just a number. It doesn't define me or tell the whole story of my journey, so I will not be a slave to it.
Have a blessed day, y'all!