Scale, scale on the floor

I have a confession to make.  Prepare yourself, because it’s pretty shocking.  In fact, I’m the only woman I know who does.

Are you ready?

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I don’t weigh myself.

I’m going to say that one more time, for inpact.

I DON’T WEIGH MYSELF.

The main reason is because I believe, very firmly, that weight is not an indicator of health or attractiveness.  I like my body the way that it is, I feel perfectly healthy (except for when I’m sleep deprived) and I don’t think how much I weigh really matters that much as long as I’m leading a (fairly) healthy lifestyle.  I eat fruits and vegetables, try to walk regularly, and sometimes take a multi-vitamin.

However, the other reason that I don’t weigh myself is because if I see that number on the scale I compulsively try to lower it.  As long as my clothes fit, I’m good.  Once things start to get a little snug, I make some changes.  Odds are good that I’ve probably just been eating to much popcorn and I should cut back anyway.

However, to give you a mental picture. . . I’m 5’4″ and I weigh somewhere between 130 and 150 lbs.  I wear a size eight pants and medium shirts. When I buy dresses from Mod Cloth I pick a medium because a small is slightly to snug.   Basically, I’m fairly average sized. 

One thing that gets to me is when I talk about how I need to get into better shape (not in very good physical shape at the moment) people tell me that I must be perfectly fit because of how small I am.  I can assure you, that’s not the case.

Which leads me to the point here.  Just because a person is small doesn’t mean they’re in awesome health and just because you think someone looks bigger “than they should be” doesn’t mean they’re in poor health. 

It’s important for everyone to stop policing everyone elses body.  Just be happy with yourself and the world will follow.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. luckythirteen05
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 22:26:59

    I don’t weigh myself either. It makes me feel bigger since I’m fairly thick for my size. My body in the mirror doesn’t bother me, but that number does. Good read. I recommend that less people weigh themselves!

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  2. Miriam
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 21:26:16

    This is awesome! I totally forgot to mention this in the post I just wrote, but I don’t weigh myself either. I haven’t for probably about half a year or so. The other day my mom asked me how much I weigh, and I was just like, I dunno. (Not that it’s any of her business, anyway.)

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    • Rachel A. Hanson
      Dec 17, 2011 @ 21:36:28

      I’m glad you liked it :). Because I want some way to “measure” myself I go by my pants. If they’re starting to feel a little snug, I’ll cut back on the chips. If not, I figure I’m okay. To be honest, that’s more because I can’t afford new clothes more than anything, haha.

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