I have spoken before about my history with feeling out of control and struggling with an eating disorder. I talked about it in my interview with Kelly Olexa. I overcame that by learning how to eat and exercise for health, fuel my body and take care of myself. I learned how to have control over my weight the healthy way!
I am a tall girl so my weight is high. On stage I was 143 and about 15.5 – 16% body fat. For my height, I should weight 138 according to BMI and weight charts – they do not account for muscle! They are wrong! At 138 I’d be around 13% body fat, I believe so great for the Figure Stage but not maintainable or healthy.
Do you weigh yourself every day? It has been said that people who weight themselves often, sometimes daily, have the most success with weight loss. During contest prep, when trying to lose fat, I weighed myself ever morning. It helped to keep me on track. At night instead of eating ice cream, I would remember that the scale would reflect that ice cream in the morning. Did you know that your weight can be 5 to 10 pounds higher due to water??!!
I haven’t weighed myself like this since the contest though because I can get obsessed with the scale and let it make or break my day! I would get on the scale in the morning and if it was a low number I’d be happy! But, I’d also think in the back of my head that I could eat a little extra…it’s ok. BAD! Or, if it was high, it would ruin my day. I’d feel horrible about myself and all of my recent efforts. Often it was high because I was retaining water. But, I let that number determine how I would feel about myself that day! Crazy, right?
After the contest, I started to use my pants as a gage. After all, we don’t really care how much we weight, right? We just care how lean and fit we are! And, we know that muscle weights more than fat. We just want to fit into our jeans. We want our waist to get smaller! Now, when I’m trying to diet or maintain, I’ll try on my “scale” pants. It’s the size I want to be and stay and I’ll try those on to see how I’m doing.
How often do you weigh yourself? Do you let yourself get obsessed? Do you use your pants or a scale to let you know when it’s time to cut back?