Janelle Brown: Weight Isn't Everything

01/23/2013

Janelle Brown of Sister Wives is Kody's second wife. Follow along on her journey forward to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

06-janelle-weight-loss-blogI dread today. Today is weigh-in day. I have been anxious and neurotic about it since last night. I used to like weigh-in day, but not so much anymore. You see, the scale has been stuck for a couple of months. Yes, a couple of months, not weeks. I am not eating perfectly, but I am within my nutritional guidelines 95 percent of the time. I am working out four or more times a week, I am drinking my water and still nothing. I keep bouncing back and forth within a 2-pound range. It doesn’t seem to really matter to me that in this past few months I have lost more inches than all the other months combined. It doesn’t matter that I am stronger and my endurance has markedly increased. I am still brought to my proverbial knees when I step on that scale and nothing has happened. Why have I allowed my identity to be so tied to that flashing number?

Up until now, I have tried to keep my boring, personal statistics out of my ramblings. Who wants to read that? But Sean, my fitness mentor, has been nagging me to make a log of all of my achievements. He keeps telling me to trust the process. So, today I am sharing a few of them. Not as a way of bragging, because some are very personal and will illustrate just how out of shape I was. I also risk that many of them will seem like laughable achievements to someone in better shape than me. But I am hoping that if you are stuck like I am, this exercise will help us all see that progress towards changing our lives is more than a flashing number.

  1. I am able to sprint for the first time since elementary school.
  2. The pants I bought a few months ago are now almost too big, even though I haven’t lost weight.
  3. I walk down the stairs completely upright now. Not bent over carefully watching my steps like I used to when my body was out of alignment due to non-existent core strength.
  4. I can carry a full basket of laundry up the stairs without getting short of breath. Instead, I notice that my legs are strong enough to lift me up each step.
  5. I can deep clean my house, including the cursed job of wiping the baseboards and vacuuming stairs, without completely wearing myself out physically.
  6. I can skip a stair going up the stairs. I haven’t been strong enough to do more than one stair at a time for many, many years.

I hope that everyone, regardless of if they are stuck or not, will join me this week in making a list of the very subtle changes that have come about since they started their journey; changes other than weight loss. Let’s take the challenge to make it about more than that flashing number on the scale.

Get updates from Janelle on Twitter @JanelleBrown117 and @TLC!

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Sister Wives explores the lives of Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Join Janelle and Robyn Brown as they blog about the ins and outs of their lives as sister wives.
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