I cannot believe I’m about to reveal my weight on here. Revealing a number like that can be….well…such a weighty issue. Besides it being a very personal and sensitive piece of information, posting it publicly has been known to bring about so many negative situations. I’ve noticed readers get obsessed with their number and develop an eating disorder. I’ve also seen bloggers get negative feedback from lurkers; words that those attackers would never say to their face.
I admit that these things gave me pause and make me want to hide behind this internet wall we all establish. But I’m a healthy living blogger and that comes with a quart of responsibility and a dash of courage. Sometimes we need to get a little uncomfortable in order to face our fears and accomplish something great. And I want to have those cojones (balls) for all of you out there.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmache
So with that said, I want you to know that I’m still scared and nervous. I still have nagging doubts about what I’m about to do. But I’m choosing to listen to that little voice that’s telling me to be brave and embark on this journey here.
O.K. Let me stall a little more (give me a break I gotta grab some sort of rope here) and let me introduce you to my motivator and co-conspirator The Withings Scale. I first learned about this this tech beauty when I met fellow Latina runner Debra from Miles to Run at the Fitness and Health Conference in Colorado a couple months ago. This is when she first told me her inspirational story about losing 70 pounds and becoming a runner. Isn’t that incredible!?! I was in awe and knew we had to be BFFs from that moment on. One of the tools she used was this Wifi enabled scale made by Withings. As a tech geek, I listened intently as she described all the neat features it has like the ability to share your progress on social networks.
Yes that means that you can Tweet and post to Facebook stats like your weight, fat mass, and lean muscle mass Aahhh!! cool and scary right?!
I had to have this Fitness tool as part of my arsenal! I’ve been unsuccessful with losing weight on my own and I think it’s partly due to not having any accountability. No one is going to come up to you and say “Woah you’re becoming overweight” (Like how I phrased that nicely?) so it’s up to us to keep things in check and evaluate our health on a regular basis. Before I go any further,
I want you to know that I am not aiming for skinny here.
I truly take the saying “Skinny girls look good in clothes, but fit girls look good naked” to heart. And so that’s what I’m doing folks. My goal is to get fit because that is much hotter than skinny! Don’t you agree?
The scale arrived late Friday. I quickly took it out of the box and set it up in 5 minutes. It was super easy to connect to my Wifi network and create an account for multiple users. The Withings scale can detect up to 8 different users as well as save info for any guests that weigh in (Warning, if you ever step on this scale at a friend or family member’s house, know that your weight is forever stored under the guest profile until the owner deletes it. Just in case you don’t want them knowing your deets.)
Right away, I realized that I had the perfect little nook to store it under in my bathroom
After making sure it was on a level surface, I gingerly stepped on barefoot and waited a couple seconds for my weight to stabilize and process. Once it settled on a number, the Withings Scale progress bar appeared and sent my information through the air straight to my online account.
I could now access my information on a computer or on my phone using their nifty Withings Health app:
Isn’t it pretty? It’s the shape of a butterfly with each wing representing an aspect of your health. Pink is your weight and all the information stored from the scale, Orange is activity, Blue is sleep, and green is heart.
Activity can be tracked by syncing with the free Runkeeper app or with the Body Media monitor.
Sleep: Using a Zeo headband that monitors your sleep patterns including REM.
Heart: Using either the Withings blood pressure cuff or by entering your information manually.
I’ll probably be tracking just my weight, running activity using Runkeeper, and my heart occasionally by manually entering it.
Alright Alright I’m done stalling. The 5’6 frame in the photo above currently holds:
153 pounds or so of
awesome weight. And according to my Online Withings dashboard:
An unhealthy amount of fat mass and lean mass. Yikes!! I had no idea my ratio was that bad.Well at least I know what I have to work on now. Regular weight training sessions will be in order so that I can replace that fat with beautiful muscles
Phew! it’s all out in the open now. It’s difficult to tell people your number but I know it can help keep us accountable. Weight loss doesn’t have to be a frightening solo journey. It doesn’t have to be a comparison game either. We all have our personal goals and can help each other by providing encouraging words and perspective. I know I’m not setting out to lose 100 pounds and what I consider unhealthy can be someone’s goal weight. I’m doing this for me, because of my specific body type and frame. I’m doing it to feel energized and strong. Hopefully, you’ll be able to relate to my story because of the work I’m putting in and not because of the end goal I’m personally looking to achieve.
Now that the initial tough part is over, I’m going to look forward to posting losses under my Weight loss Lunes (Spanish for Monday) tab. That’s going to be fun! On the schedule tonight is some calorie blasting Zumba and a 30 minute easy run.My goal will be to burn a minimum of 500 calories 5 days a week and do strength training At least 2x a week.
So tell me, does your number make you nervous? What if we all just went around saying just the first two numbers of our weight. Would that make it easier to share?
I personally think 15 sounds much better than 153 : )
If you’re brave enough to join me, I challenge you to share your abbreviated number below.
If not, tell me why you would or wouldn’t share your weight with others.
How often do you weigh yourself?
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