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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.