I didn't own a scale. I don't like scales. I don't like that so many people focus solely on the number on the scale to dictate their health, instead of other very important factors such as how you feel, how much energy you have, how your body functions, etc.
My husband came home from work recently and said, "I bought us something!" "Oh?" When he told me he purchased a scale, my heart actually sank a little. There's a reason I didn't have a scale before, and I didn't want to start focusing on those tiny little numbers now.
I had a baby 12 weeks prior, so I was interested to see if I lost all the baby weight or how much I had to go. I did end up stepping on the scale, as my curiosity got the best of me. Seeing those numbers initially made me a little sad! "I have 12 pounds to go? But I don't feel like I look that way. Do I really look like I have 12 pounds to lose yet?"
And this my friends, is the black hole that that we can get sucked into when you focus just on those numbers.
I have been working out - hard. I got back to my intense HIIT training and lifting weights. I even increased the weights I was using prior to pregnancy. So, was this number on the scale fat? Baby weight? Muscle? Muscle weighs more per area than fat does, so maybe I was getting heavier as I gained muscle, but actually getting smaller & leaner.
I don't care about what I weigh (to an extent, I don't want to weigh 300 pounds...), what I do care about is how I feel, that I have a lot of energy, that I can fit into my clothes, that my body functions well and I'm able to do the things I love.
So I will continue to do the workouts I love because I can, because my body allows me to. I will continue to eat healthy and nourish my body with foods that make me feel good and give me energy. The scale sits high up on a shelf, and I have no plan to get it down and see those numbers any time soon.
I urge you to do the same. It's not all about the numbers on the scale, but dig deeper and see how you feel. That is a very good indicator of health.