Do you know how much you weigh?

20140117-083054.jpgDo you know how much you weigh?I’m shocked by the number of people who don’t know. It seems so odd to me now. It would be like not knowing how tall you are.  But I understand why people hide from the number.  I spent ten years not getting on a scale, and when I was about to get on it for the first time my guess was 150 pounds off.  That’s the real risk of not knowing.  It becomes really easy to lie to yourself.

I was willing to admit I had ballooned past 300 pounds.  That’s what was honestly in my head the day I found out I weighed 460 pounds.  And in my heart I know that wasn’t my heaviest.  I had made changes with a little success in the months before that.  I was eating better.  I was moving more.  I had given up pop.  My co-host at the time, Nikki, had really got me thinking of my health as mine to own rather than as some outside force I had little control over.  I didn’t have the knowledge or tools at the time to do much – but if I’m being really honest I know I probably was closer to 480 at my heaviest – sometime in 2011.

In the book I talk about the day I realized that none of the scales hanging on the shelves of the department stores were any good to me because they didn’t go high enough.  They’d all just error out.  I talk about the Facebook post I wrote asking for ideas of where I could find out my weight.  I needed to know my actual weight before I did the first consultation call with my surgeon.  The starting point for that discussion was my BMI, which was 60 at the time, making me “Super Obese.”

Through the first 60 pounds I lost in the weeks before surgery I had no way of tracking my progress because still weighing in at more than 400 pounds meant I had to go to the hospital to get on a scale that would work, and that wasn’t ideal in the long run.  No matter what scale you’re using the most important thing is consistency.  You should be using at the same time in the same place each time you weigh in.  It’s like a science experiment.  You only want to change on thing at a time – and that thing should be your actual weight.  You try to keep everything else the same.

Finding a scale for the Super Obese is hard.  I want to make it easy for someone.

I bought a really fancy scale at the start of my journey.  It’s identical to the one I stepped on right before surgery at The Surgical Weight Loss Center.  It’s been with me since that first week after surgery.

I don’t need it anymore.  I only weigh in once a month now, and I’ve got the new wireless scale that works with my FitBit.  I wasn’t going to part with the old one because in some sick way it’s a part of the history of this journey for me.  It has to go though.  Keeping it is like an insurance policy I don’t want.  It has to go for the same reason I donate old clothes the minute they’re too big for me.  I don’t want to keep any of it around “just incase I need it again” because I have to believe I won’t ever need it again.  I’m promising myself I won’t ever need a scale that can measure more than 300 pounds ever again.

So if you’re reading this, and you know you weigh more than 300 pounds but haven’t been on a scale in years. If you think you’re ready to find out the truth and start making changes. Tell me your story below.  Tell me why you’re ready to find out what you weigh.  Tell me what it means to you. If you promise to pass it on to someone else who needs it as soon as you don’t….then I’ll mail the scale to you so you can get started.  It goes up to 440 pounds.

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