Let’s talk numbers! It’s the end of week 5 since I started working out again and trying to transform my body. I’ve changed up my diet, I’ve worked out 5-6 days a week, I’ve been lifting and doing different types of cardio (row machine, running, spin class, bike rides). The scale told me that I’ve gained 2 pounds! Do you know how frustrating that is to me? Here I am putting in as much work as I can, trying my hardest and not only has the scale not gone down, it actually went up some! I decided to take my measurements again and compare them from day 1. I’ve lost just over 11 inches throughout my body! That’s huge! If I hadn’t taken my measurements with a tape measure in the beginning I would feel so discouraged right now. I complained to my husband for a minute, he told me the scale number doesn’t matter! I said, “But it does!” He asked me would you rather have those 11 inches back and the scale be a smaller number? Well no, definitely not! Why do we let the number on the scale affect us so much? I decided that I’m going to quit weighing myself for a few weeks and just keep working hard at eating right and killing it in the gym. Staying consistent with my food intake and getting up every morning at 4 AM to hit the gym is slowly but surely paying off. I keep trying to remind myself it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It’s a lifestyle it’s not a diet. I want to be healthy and fit. I want to be an example for our 4 kids. Basing my health and how I feel about myself off of the number on the scale is not the example I want my kids to see. I love when they see me come back from the gym drenched in sweat and asking me how my workout is. I love that we drive by McDonalds and they say, “I don’t like that place it’s not healthy!” I love that my husband and I have made living a healthy lifestyle an important part of our family. As long as you’re doing the best you can, trying hard every day, putting in the work, then you’re doing great! The number on the scale no longer needs to be the focus!