Scale Obsessed

When I was twenty, the day after Halloween—after gorging myself on candy—I told my family and friends something like, “That’s it! I’m going on a diet and I’m going to be 120 pounds again if it kills me.” For awhile, I weighed my food, counted every calorie and told restaurant servers I was allergic to oil and egg yolks.  

What I had failed to remember was I hadn’t weighed in at 120 pounds since before my growth spurt, before I was a teenager. Why did I think 120 pounds was my ideal weight?

I weigh 147 pounds! Wow, did I just write that out loud? Yes, I did. That’s right! I’ll spell it out for everyone to hear … I weigh one-hundred and forty-seven pounds (at the moment)! I suppose I could weigh less. I’m guessing many women at a height of 5.8½ inches weigh less than me. Who cares? I’m fine with it! Like for real, fine with it. I used to obsess about my figure but just don’t anyone. I’m well within my targeted healthy weight and best of all … I’m healthy.   

Many of us are obsessed with the scale. We’re consumed and miserable about our weight. We continue on with the same unhealthy lifestyles and somehow expect the dial to change. We attempt diet after diet, digging ourselves deeper into the quicksand of the diet conundrum.

With ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­75% of Americans overweight or obese, and 61% of the Canadian population at an unhealthy weight, North American bodies are hungering more than ever for nutrition. How is it possible with the prevalence of the scale and the relentless surge of new diets, we’ve become fatter than ever?   

I don’t know about you, but I find counting calories and weighing food depressing. Of course portion control is necessary. But what’s more important is the type of food we’re choosing to ingest: No need to control portions of vegetables. For almost all of us, once we start eating for health—only vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds and lean meats—our bodies come into balance. Our bodies find a healthy weight. It’s what our bodies want to do. It’s what our bodies are programmed to do.

I no longer worry about my weight (well almost never) because I eat well and exercise regularly. I’ve noticed the only time I complain about my weight and figure is when I stop putting the energy and effort into my health. I no longer look to the scale for answers. I look within for answers. I may never be model-skinny-like, but I sure am healthy-like.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Laura,
    First off, you have a very slim and beautiful body that houses your beautiful personality. Your plan sounds interesting, I am concerned that with IBS I will live in the bathroom, and that would be a nightmare. Any ideas?

    • Thank you for your flattering comment and great question. The “Eat Healthy Challenge” would be a great place to start for IBS. It omits many of the irritating “foods” like caffeine, alcohol, dairy, processed foods (including aspartame), sugar and white flour. There are other “trigger foods” for IBS, but eliminating the above is a major step in the right direction. If you choose to take the challenge for one month, reintroduce foods separately after it’s over to try and find any culprits. Hope this helps!

      Laura Levesque Page
      The Healthy Junkie

  2. Laura,

    Thank you for the info. By looking at you I can see that it’s a good plan. I’ll give it some thought and give it a try. I would really like to surprise the boys with a healthier mother at some point before they bury me!

    Thanks again,
    Julie Kropf

  3. Posted by Lauren H. on November 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Wonderful reminders for this time of year!

  4. What? I weigh the same as gorgeous Laura? But I am always admiring your sexy figure and depressed about my own. Isn’t it funny how warped our ideas about our own bodies can be? Thank you again Laura, for giving me hope 🙂

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