I am sure many of you have faced the same struggle I have. The burden of those extra pounds. I’m sure I have spent more years of my life trying to lose weight than I have being happy with my weight.

After giving birth to my first child I found myself frustrated by how difficult it was to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy. Two and a half years after he was born, I was still trying to the lose the weight when… oops… I got pregnant again. Okay, maybe it wasn’t an “oops” because I wanted to get pregnant, but despite that fact, I was a bit concerned about adding too much extra weight to my already overweight frame.

After I had my daughter, I was determined to get back to my lowest recorded weight as an adult. It hasn’t happened yet and she turned 2 a few months ago. Every year I set my weight loss goal, hop on the scale, and tell myself that this will be the year I finally lose the freaking weight. This year I’ve said no more. 

Honestly, I am just over it. Staring at those damn red digits, wondering how long it’s going o take to reach some goal that has me all stressed out. That mess is for the birds. This year my scale is taking a break, and I have absolutely NO INTEREST in knowing how much I weigh.

Now does this mean I plan on eating brownies and pizza all day and gaining weight until even my yoga pants feel uncomfortable? No. I’m not crazy. I have a bright future ahead of me, a strong family history of stroke, and two young kids to raise. Gaining weight and neglecting my health does’t sound like a good idea–even on my worst day.

But who said that being healthy is about the number on the scale. After all, I have plenty of friends who weigh a lot less than I do, but I am pretty confident I can outrun them. Isn’t health and wellness about a way of living?

So instead of that annoying white scale in my bathroom, this year I opt for healthier meals, less sugar, more exercise, and a deeper connection with God. Now if I do all of that and the scale doesn’t budget when the year is over, I will be at peace. Why? Because I know that I will be stronger, wiser, healthier, happier, and proud about how I live my life. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a number on the scale that can beat feeling like that.

I hope you decide to join me this year. If you do, leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it.

Aren’t you sick of worrying about the number on the scale? Clearly I am, and I think we all deserve a year with one less thing to worry about.