Getting my body fat measured

Getting my body fat measured

For readers joining me from the Made to Crave Online Bible Study, welcome to my blog! I’m featuring this post because it focuses on how I found #peace with my weight and the scale.

I have always envisioned a certain weight where I know I would be “happy”. I’m not quite sure how I came up with that “ideal” weight, but it has been with me for as long as I can remember. Something surprising happened during the last year – I came to the realization I will NEVER reach that number on the scale, at least I hope I won’t, not if I want to be healthy. And I am happy about that.

When I told my personal trainer how much more weight I wanted to lose last spring, he flat out told me I would “shred my body” reaching that weight and would look unhealthy. At the time, I scoffed at him…but I now realize he was right. I’m happy he was honest with me, rather than just trying to help me reach an unhealthy number on the scale.

I openly share how much I weigh with friends and strangers now. Most of the time, the response I hear is, “Really? You weigh THAT MUCH. Well, it’s muscle weight, then.”

To give you some perspective, I wear sizes 4 or a small in most clothes now (depending on the brand, I may wear a size 2 or a size 6). So how much do I weigh? My weight fluctuates between 147-150 pounds right now. I rely on once-a-month body fat measurements instead of the scale.

  • The scale doesn’t tell me how my body composition has changed.
  • It doesn’t see how my clothes fit, because muscle takes up less space than fat.
  • The scale doesn’t see how fit I am.
  • And it doesn’t hear my daughter say, “Wow, mama, you are strong.”

For some of you reading this, you may look at my current weight and think how you would love to weigh that much. Each person’s journey is different. I hope by sharing my struggle with a number on the scale, it will encourage you to look beyond the scale and focus instead on eating healthy and getting stronger.
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  1. I love this! Just this morning I was fretting within myself about the scale not moving, while at the same time I am feeling and seeing muscle definition I never saw and felt before. I have to keep reminding myself that it is about being a healthy weight, fit and strong, not about a number on the scale. I still have a lot of weight to lose, but the little “non-scale victories” along the way–like being able to wrap my towel totally around my body this morning–are great reminders that it’s about more than a number!


      Terri, you are doing great! I’m glad this post encouraged you. . .keep up your hard work! 🙂
      – Cindy

  2. Just this morning I was frusterated over the scale….thank you!!!!

  3. I am so glad you posted this!!! My whole blog is named wrong because of the idea I had in my head. My trainer and my doctor both think 20 pounds more than me!! At this point, I’m just hoping to get fitter and lighter so I can be the mom God wants me to be for my boys. Great job on the blog!!!

  4. Tonya McCoy ~ P31 OBS Small Group Leader

    Wow, that is a really good idea to use body fat measurements rather than the scale. Strength is important too! I need to do some strength training! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Terri, you are an inspiration, especially the part about using once-a-month body fat measurements instead of the scale to track your progress. This is something I will eventually implement.

  6. I can truly relate to your blog. I have always had this number in my head and it has been a battle to get there and the few times I have reached it it has been nearly impossible to maintain. We are only in week 3 of M2C and I am already rethinking what my REALISTIC goal weight should be. This is huge! THANK YOU so much for this blog!!!

  7. Cindy ~ M2C Group 30

    Wow! Your blog post is so inspiring! I had never thought of doing once a month body fat measurements instead of the scale… Thank you so much for your post!!

  8. I’ve never been big on numbers. It helps to hear that someone else doesn’t base their health on numbers either. Appreciate your candid post and hearing that someone was willing to keep you from going down a path that would have made you unhealthy.

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