This stuff hits nerves, ya know?
As I dance my way to better fitness, I have had to be very careful to eat correctly, which for me mostly means eating enough. Here's the thing: If you don't eat enough, your body goes into a Panic about Starvation. Your body fears there won't be enough for tomorrow, so it holds onto what it already has extra tight. It grips.
You will not lose weight in a healthy manner or gain muscle and stamina if you eat too little. Period.
I can tell when I am lifting weights, for example, if I ate correctly two days before. (I think my energy level is two days behind my eating habits.)
If I did not eat enough calories, or enough protein specifically, my muscles immediately feel tired. They get this deep ache after just a few lifts.
There is a big and important lesson in there, and as usual, my body is way smarter than my brain.
Years ago, I was so obsessed with my weight, that I would weigh myself not just daily but many times a day. I would go to the bathroom and think, "Hmmmm...I just took a piss...I wonder if I weigh less now?"
I know I am not alone.
So Marcy, in her infinite wisdom, made me do something that I am grateful for to this day: She made me throw that scale away.
And with it, sitting out at the curb, went much of my Self Hate.
I no longer had that number with which to bludgeon myself. I could not insert it into some sick, malignant mantra of Judgment.
I know many of you are already coming up with a half dozen reasons why you can't do this. You are freaking out inside. You are breaking into a cold sweat.
But, why? Ask yourself, Why do you need this number?
Why can't you rely on how you feel? On how strong you are? On how far you can run? On how your clothes fit?
Why can't we accept our individual beauty for what it is?
We must stop the tyranny of this Evil lurking in our bathrooms.
I call on you all, you Blisschicks, to participate in
World Wide Dump Your Scale Day
on January 1, 2010.
on January 1, 2010.
That's right -- January 1st. That day so many of us would be starting some unmanageable weight loss plan. That day so many of us would hit the gym -- too hard and be done within a month. That day that is shiny and new in its (false) promises.
Instead of torturing yourself, I want you to set yourself FREE. Set your friends free. Set an example for all the little girls around us.
Kick that scale to the curb. Say bu-bye.
Pass this around. Here's a blog button you can use if you feel strongly about this.
Just click it and drag it onto your desktop and paste it into your blog.
Stop the Tyranny of Numbers!
Eat well, exercise to a good sweat, and laugh every day. That's a much better New Year's Resolution, don't you think?