It’s Not About a Number on a Scale

I love my post-baby body. I am proud of what my body accomplished. Stop and think about it for a moment–the human body is an amazing work of art by our creator! God made our bodies as a temporary residence for our souls here on earth. But the quality and quantity of time we have to spend in our temporary bodies are influenced by how we treat our bodies.

Sore, sluggish, fatigued. That is how I feel. When I brush my hair, handfuls of loose hair come drifting out. All I can think is Ugh, here again.

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always treat my body like I love and appreciate it. I know the old adages “You are what you eat” and “Use it or lose it!”. Still, when stress hits, I seek coping mechanisms like ice cream and watching TV.

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These provide a small break from “grind,” yet they don’t actually help relieve stress or breathe energy into my tired bones. My self-image is not about a number on a scale; rather the way my body feels. When I am carrying around extra weight, eating too much junk, and not exercising, my body lets me know.

Two years ago I faced up to the fact that I was not taking care of my body. I had put on about 20 pounds and felt horrible. And that influenced how I felt emotionally because our minds, bodies, and spirits are interconnected. I lost around 15 pounds by going off birth control, taking more walks, saying no to ice cream (at least every night–I still ate ice cream), and eating WAY more fresh fruits and vegetables. I was really balanced and healthy until about three months ago when Rebekah was born.

We had been pretty healthy before and throughout the pregnancy. But since then it has been hard. For one thing, our lives and schedules have been turned upside down by a baby. For another, we undertook a very large transition and move across the country. Between the stress and constant transition, we’ve been seeking to recharge through eating greasy foods and watching TV rather than through methods that actually relieve stress like walks and healthy fresh fruits, vegetables, and water.

As I rebuild to a place of health, I invite you to join me. Throughout the coming weeks I am going to be sharing some posts focused on regaining physical health and how that connects to our emotional and spiritual health as well.

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What can you look forward to this summer? Well, let me tell you!

1. A great guest post by Braiden Chastain, a passionate blogger focused on helping women embrace their bodies and develop balanced lifestyles that glorify God. She is going to share excellent tips on how busy moms can pursue healthy habits (plus she is debuting some youtube videos with easy daily exercises)!

2.   I am going to try and make a weekly special blog post called “Snack Attack” where I share some healthy, yet yummy snacks, that are easy to prep and affordable to make. Because if I don’t have some yummy, healthy snacks accessible, I will go straight for the empty calories in Cheetos!

3. I also want to share a couple devotionals throughout July on the importance of balance and pursuing health physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Finally, I don’t believe that being healthy means never watching TV or eating foods that we love. It is about balance. 

What is your biggest hurdle when it comes to maintaining a balanced life and staying healthy? Time? Dr. Pepper addiction? Let me know in the comments below!

18 thoughts on “It’s Not About a Number on a Scale

  1. Hi Nathana, I’m glad to have found your blog via The Peony Project. Your words here definitely speak to my heart (and stomach) as I have struggled with weight my entire life. I finally took a great step of faith last month and wrote an original series called 30 Days of Manna – a personal journey towards physical health and spiritual well-being. You’re absolutely right, our mind, body, and spirit ARE interconnected. I obviously have a long way to go before I reach the goals I’ve set for myself, but I have to start somewhere. I have to make small changes and repeat them every single day. It hasn’t been easy thus far, and I have had some bad days, but I’ve got a wonderful tribe of support and the blogging community is high on the list. I’m glad to have found your blog and look forward to reading more. We can do this …. together!

    Blessings,
    Nicole

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    • Nicole, I am so happy you found my blog! Community and support is so important. You are right, it is about small changes and daily decisions when journeying toward health. I am glad that you are picking yourself up after bad days and pressing on! I know for me it is so hard keep myself balanced and healthy in all areas of life–yet so important. What hurts me the most is consistently making good decisions when I am stressed or dealing with something emotionally. I am excited to journey forward with you (and check out your blog)! 🙂

  2. Although for different reasons (because I am not a mama yet!) I truly appreciated this post! As a lady who is currently fighting for her health due to Lyme Disease and Cancer I so appreciated this reminder! Thank you so much for sharing!! Stopping over from the peony project link up and am so glad that I did!!
    Blessings, Rebecca 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by Rebecca! 🙂 I have truly learned that striving toward health is a day by day, step by step, decision by decision journey. I will be praying for your fight that you can beat the cancer and disease and that treatments do not take too severe a toll on your body. My prayer is that you can return to full health soon. During illness, our focus on health seems heightened, each decision of greater importance. You have my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I’m excited for this series- I’m in my third trimester and haven’t been living as healthy a lifestyle as I know I should have been, and I know it’s just going to get harder once the baby is born! I think time is the biggest struggle for me, not just finding time to exercise but finding time to make healthy home cooked meals every day!
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    • I hear you! It is incredibly hard to keep up. Healthy freezer meals help (I have dozens on my Pinterest)! I remember the last couple weeks of the third trimester were hard for me to stay healthy. I was having major ice cream cravings and I was impatient (our daughter was almost 2 weeks late). Hang in there! I am excited to post Braiden’s short workout videos and tips for busy moms tomorrow! 🙂 I will be praying for you during the rest of your pregnancy and over your labor.

  4. Thanks for writing this post! I think your upcoming posts will be interesting to read. I am not pregnant yet, but hope to be down the road. I am currently working on creating a healthier life for myself, so that down the road I will be able to have the energy for my kids and have a healthy pregnancy too. I started losing weight through the 21 Day Fix program back in April and I have lost 22lbs so far. I don’t know why I waited so long to get motivated, but I am glad I have lost weight and I feel like a new and better person. I am on a fitness journey and will keep on going. If I can lose the weight I know anyone can if they put there minds to it. I am not perfect, as I do cheat once in awhile, but I do think moderation is key. My weakness still at times in chocolate!

    • Oh chocolate . . . it is wonderful, in moderation of course! Congrats on loosing 22 pounds!!! That is awesome! Do you feel better? Going into your pregnancy with a healthy body and energy level will help so much. Blessings!

    • Smart move not owning a scale! I didn’t own one until I became pregnant. We bought one to keep track of my weight to tell my midwife. I rarely use it now. It just gathers dust!

  5. Yes, it’s not about a number on the scale and more about how you and your body feel together! Despite being in transition, I commend you for working to find your focus and a new balance of being and living your healthy, while also opening up to share with others! 🙂
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