I stepped on the scale today and realized I've gained 10-15 pounds since September. This should make me happy because on September 9, I had my body composition tested with BodPod and discovered that I was at 10.4% body fat. I was in utter shock...10% is risky for women, and I was already discovering the side effects. I felt lethargic, my cycle disappeared (sorry for the TMI), I was cold all the time.
I was also embarrased. As a fitness professional, I feel that I need to have a handle on my food and body image issues. The truth is, I was obsessed. I stepped on the scale every day, hungering for another pound lost. I was in the 120's for the first time since middle school. Could I get to the low 120's? With enough running, I sure could.
The BodPod measurements and some tough love from another trainer helped me see my need to loosen up on my diet a bit, cut back on the running, and put on some body fat. As someone who struggled with my weight for years, believe me...I never thought I'd be in a position to have to gain body fat!
So, here I am in March-heavier and healthier. Thankful to have a healthy perspective on body composition-we all know it's not about the number on the scale, right???? And, thankful for a little more meat on my bones!
If this is something you've struggled with and found victory over, or if it's something you're currently struggling with, would you let me know? I'd love to hear from you.