we go again ... It's New Year's resolution time! Now that the
barrage of holiday candy, cookies, and everything else fattening and sweet has
come and gone, we're being hit over the head with diet and gym commercials,
expected to get back on task and lose weight!And
while fitness can be a completely fair goal for the new year,
it isn't necessarily something you can measure in pounds ...
Having had a dysfunctional relationship with scales my entire life and
finally realizing on the cusp of 30 that it was time to let it go, I
couldn't adore Baker's goal more. Because I believe that my own personal fitness
does not accurately correspond to a number on a scale. Because that
number has never done anything but toy with my self-esteem. Because I've
made leaps and bounds with my inner and outer wellness by simply using
my physical fitness (ability to run and lift and spin!) and how
my clothes fitand how I look to myself and feel when I look in
the mirror or naked as a guide.
And this has nothing to do with embracing or glorifying
being un-fit. Fixating on the scale can be
just as unhealthy as eating junk food or leading a 100 percent
sedentary lifestyle. As Jes writes, her campaign "isn't about being unhealthy.
It's about deciding what your definition of beauty is and knowing that
it is enough." She explains, "I'm Smashing the Scale because I'm making a
promise to myself that I will love my body and take care of it."
I love that Jes is making this conversation happen. It's one we
really need to be having as we're being bombarded with talk of cleanses
and dangerous, calorie-restricted diets and post-baby bodies that really can be
attributed to going under the knife. With hope, many of us will join her in
resolving not to live and die by a heap of metal and a number
we've for too long placed too much stock in. Because ultimately, it's one of the
healthiest things we can do.
What do you think about the Smash the Scale campaign? How do you feel
about using your scale to measure your wellness ... or self-worth?