All that is good and well, but the kicker for me is that in the last couple months I've watched the number on my scale increase by a couple pounds. Initially I freaked. I hadn't seen that number in years. I'd done 21 Day Fix in part to hopefully see that number go back to what it'd been set at for a while now.
I immediately thought of a Sunday morning during my "Made to Crave" Bible study when Lysa Terkeurst said we have to make peace our weight loss goal - not a number. She even challenged us to cover the numbers on the scale with a card saying PEACE. I reminded myself it's not about a number, but peace. Numbers on a scale do not tell the whole story and do not define me.
As I've seen the scale move up, I've thought a lot about that.
I think what I've come to realize is that the number doesn't define who i am. And like Lysa also says, the scale doesn't tell us everything. You hear everybody say muscle weighs more than fat, and this is a perfect example of that - in the flesh.
For me, the scale is telling me a higher number but what it's not telling me is the muscle I've gained from my twice weekly Body Pump workouts and the increased strength I've gotten that makes me feel amazing and strong. It's also not telling me that I've lost an inch around my waist in the last 4 weeks (thanks to 21 Day Fix)! It's not even showing me my trimmed up and less bloated tummy.
I put on a pair of cotton sleep shorts the other day, that I hadn't worn since last summer, and they were too small. They fit around my waist but were too tight on my booty and thighs. You might think I'm crazy but when your focus and goal is adding muscle and curves to your boyish/petite frame, that is a win for sure. :)
Now I'm not perfect. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have times when I wished that number went down again because I can get stuck on that number. But I'm now choosing peace as my goal - not a number. And I'm remembering the improvements in my muscle, shape and strength instead!
So, yes, my scale tells me a higher number but I'm choosing to see that in a positive light. I'm choosing peace.