I am constantly being asked how much I weigh. I’m sure most of you don’t mean it in an offensive manner, perhaps just curiosity. But I find that those of you who ask me in person are then quick to compare me and judge me in comparison to your weight.
I am not ashamed of my weight, just tired of people asking me my weight and then the conversation going 2 ways (1) ‘oh you’re so lucky’ – Well luck has nothing to do with it, it’s about being motivated and dedicated to yourself and your lifestyle and making sacrifices accordingly. (2) ‘oh you weigh heavier than me’ –as long as your satisfied with your weight that’s all that matters. Please then don’t proceed the conversation about how you must be ‘healthier’ than me when there are a lot of elements you clearly haven’t taken into account (say for example I train, you don’t, I am ‘tall’, your ‘short) – I don’t like comparing apples to oranges. So I figured seeing as tho you’re so interested in my number, here are a few more numbers that perhaps you should take into consideration before you compare, judge and come up with excuses why or why not your happy with your own…
On the 11.09.2013 I woke up at 6:00am, I worked a 9.5 hour day (7:00am-5:00pm). When I got home trained from 5:20pm to 6:45pm where I benched 30kg, deadlift 60kg, bend over rows 30kg, lat raises 5kg, overhead pressed 10kg and did 110 squats for day 11 of the JessE-B September Squat Challenge with a 20kg bar across my back. I then took Rusty (my puppy) for a 3k run/walk. I consumed 1090 cals, 113g of protein, 62g of carbs and 43g of fat and 1.5 litres of water. I have studied for the last hour and am now writing this blog at 8:30pm.
Now I’m not trying to have a brag – but I have not stopped today and this is a typical day for me. I work full-time in a senior and demanding roll, I am undertaking my Masters in Marketing part-time, I have a puppy who is a German Shepherd so he is a big thing who does need to be taken on walks, runs, to training session or to the dog park daily. I live out of home which means housework needs to be done, I have a lovely partner who I need and want to spend time with and then lots of family and friends who I also like to touch base with. I am a busy person, but it’s MY choice. I choose to train as for some reason it makes me feel relaxed, it’s my de-stressor. I choose to monitor my nutrition and allow myself to still have that burger meal if I want (after all, 1 burger and chip meal won’t make me fat, just like 1 healthy meal won’t make me skinny). I am human, I have my good days and I have my bad days. It’s all a part of my lifestyle and like me you have choices. But please don’t bring it back to luck or comparing me to yourself, we are all different in height, the way we carry our weight and body builds etc, apples to oranges statement applies.
I said to myself to try and keep this post sarcastic free after yesterdays run in (my final straw). So I’m going to wrap up as if I continue down this track it’s just going to go downhill. So out of all this, personally I don’t think ones weight alone gives any indication for if your ‘healthy’ or not. For staters the scales don’t take into account your important factors like you height etc, besides – rule 101 ‘muscle weighs more than fat’ (exception: to those high tech scales which compute all the information of your weight and body breakdown) and really at the end of the day how much does your weight really summaries you? It’s just a number…
Furthermore, I think healthy is a lifestyle, where everything aligns. What one deems as a healthy lifestyle will differ to someone else’s. You just need to be happy with who you are and what you’re doing at the end of the day. Surround yourself with people who are going to make you better and not bitter.
So on that note, I’m going to go and run myself a bath, as I definitely think I have earnt some me time. Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts and if you have found yourself in similar situations and how you responded. Would be good to know I’m not alone!
Ps. I woke up at 6:15am weighing 60.1 kg and at 8:45pm here I am weighing 61.8, just in case you were still interested.
Pss. I am 170cm tall