Your Weight Is Not A Label

5 Aug

In 5th grade, our class was huddled in the gym during Physical Education (“P.E” as we all called it). We each took turns on the scale—a few yards away from the rest of the group; but, you know everyone was readily sharing their results like a badge. That’s the first time I really remember being labeled by that number.

I was 108 pounds.

I was immediately self-conscious and was only slightly comforted at the fact that one of the most “popular” girls in class admitted to me she was around my number. I think a lot of us still label ourselves with our weights. We let it affect our self-esteem, the way we carry ourselves, and even the clothes we wear.

All of this to say, I think I’m ready to reveal my weight on here. I’m switching my weigh in day to Monday’s and am also currently out of town (coming back Monday afternoon). I will try to use the scale at my dad’s house and hope that it is similar. If it seems to be, I’ll report in tomorrow with my results. Otherwise, it’ll be a day late this week. But, I have to admit, as much as I can preach about not letting the number on the scale control you—I’m a little nervous about revealing it. It feels like something intimate. Something I don’t want to share with the whole world.

But, it’s time to be honest with myself and with you.  Tune in tomorrow (or maybe Tuesday, depending on the scale situation) when the truth is revealed. Ohhhh that sounds so ominous.

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6 Responses to “Your Weight Is Not A Label”

  1. The Sugar Files August 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Very cool topic to take on! Add to that that number is very finicky; there are multiple variables from your body muscle to fat ratio to your natural bone density. One of my goals was to drop to 180 lbs. and I find myself gaining weight as I add on more muscle yet I know I’m leaner. That number on the scale can be very misleading and it does take courage to look at it, own it and share it 🙂

    • SweetAccountability August 6, 2012 at 8:57 am #

      That is a really good point. With a number that is ever-changing and effected by so many things, how can we define ourselves by it? Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your story– it’s great to hear that you’re getting leaner and stronger!

  2. KaraLoraine August 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    This title says it all, and I really wish people would understand that more!! At the same time, I know how scary it is to announce your weight. I was seriously petrified and kept my blog to myself and about 6 extremely close female friends for 2 weeks. My best male friend was on my case about why didn’t he have the URL and I had to admit the dumbest fear — that everyone would stop being my friend if they knew how much I weighed and saw my thigh fat. Seriously?! Ridiculous. I finally announced my site on facebook and then still hid in a corner because I was scared. Nobody defriended me. There were no group meetings about my thighs. Instead, people I haven’t even talked to in years popped up and said “oh hey, I’m doing paleo too!” or “I tried but it was too hard, maybe you’ll inspire me to do it again”, etc. It was actually kinda awesome.

    Don’t be afraid! Or do be afraid, but do it anyway. You never know who you can positively impact be doing so 🙂

    • SweetAccountability August 6, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      You are such a wise lady! Sometimes we have to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to change. It’s not necessarily enjoyable; but, it’s so needed! Thanks again for your sage advice. 🙂

  3. leannenalani August 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    What is normal weight for 5th graders? Yikes, I was 150 pounds at that age. I’m so glad we didn’t have to get on the scale at school!!! Want to know my PE nightmare? When I was in elementary school our teacher had us jump over a line of kids laying on the ground. As you can imagine I wasn’t a good jumper, so I landed on the last kid. It didn’t end well. At least he lived!
    You are right – I think a lot of us live by our weight and label ourselves by it. I know I don’t want to, but I definitely am aware of my numbers on a daily basis.

    • SweetAccountability August 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Oh geez, I think sometimes adults make kids do things without realizing how traumatizing it is at that age! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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