Fit Mom 180: Taking the focus off the numbers

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 11:43 AM

For 180 days, we are following a North Texas mom on the road to a healthier lifestyle. Sonya Johnson is attempting a Fit Mom 180.


WYLIE — Living room workouts six days a week have become part of Sonya Johnson's routine, but the numbers on the scale aren't reflecting her hard work.

And that's hard on her.

"I want the numbers, because that's what I've always been told to go by is the numbers," Johnson  said. "So, I do want the numbers."

Personal fitness trainer Brigid Wollack urges anyone who wants to make long-term, permanent improvements to throw away the scale and disregard BMI, or body mass index, calculations.

"I think they're really misleading, because BMI doesn't take into account the make-up of your body," Wollack said. "It doesn't take into account how much lean muscle you have, how much water weight you have, how much fat you have on your body."

Instead, Wollack says to focus on four other things:

  • How well your clothes fit
  • Energy level improvements
  • Waist, arm, and leg measurements
  • Gains in strength

If you do need numbers (or just can't stay off the scale) Wollack said take measurements once every 90 days at the same time of day each time to get the most accurate reading of gains and losses.

Johnson is seeing a difference all around.

"Everyone is telling me they can see it," she said. "I can tell a difference in how my clothes fit. I can feel less rolls, so I am seeing some differences."

With steady work, her trainer insists the numbers will follow.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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