Don’t do it for the scale

Time: 1:03:09
Distance: 3.9 miles
Music: Stunt by Barenaked Ladies
Runkeeper Report

If you’ve ever weighed yourself daily, you know that a scale cannot be trusted. Our weight fluctuates from day to day, and even fluctuates throughout the day. You’ll weigh more in the evening than you did in the morning, and might weigh more or less on any given day dependent on who-kn0ws what.

On Monday I was 220. On Tuesday, the scale reported 219. Today our fancy electronic scale told me I was up to 224. I don’t really believe I gained 5 pounds overnight, so I shrugged and went walking.

I think it’s important to set your goals for exercise, and I don’t really think your primary goal should be a target weight. It seems that if your goal is to lose weight, once you hit that target you’re likely to slip back into your old lifestyle and gain the weight back. Instead, your goal should be to change your lifestyle entirely. I want exercise to be a part of my daily routine. I want to be holistically healthy, and exercise is part of that. Losing weight is good, and I definitely want to drop about thirty pounds, but I need to ingrain this habit so I keep doing it even when the weight is gone.

Exercise to feel good, not just to lose weight.