I don't care how much you weigh.

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I think too many people worry about weight. I get that some people’s health may be in jeopardy if their bodies have an extreme amount of fat (either too little or too much). But every human body has fat on it. We all carry it differently, and will look like ourselves, whether we have more or less of it than [insert your celebrity of choice here].

When we feel dissatisfied with life, it’s too easy to think that changing only one part of our lifestyle is enough. I don’t think your weight is that “one thing.”

At my boxing gym, your weight doesn’t matter much. The telling-your-weight taboo has been trampled to death, and now I don’t blink when a stranger asks me how much I weigh. My coaches won’t assign a “right” weight for me. (I’ve asked. They always reply with, “How do you feel now?” And that’s up to me. Not anyone else.)

For boxers, weight is about competition. They care about how you’ll fight based, in part, on your size. It’s not about YOU. It’s about how weight could change what you DO.

Your weight may not often matter in boxing, your BODY always does. To keep it healthy, need sleep, and water, and a good attitude. It helps to have fun. Be happy.

Winning is your body on a full-potential trajectory, not a measure of fat, water, and flesh.

You have a body so that you can do the things you’re meant to do. So what is it that you physically can’t do because of how many pounds your body weighs? Play with your kids? Write a novel? Take a trip? If you want to be a person who runs marathons, you may be at a disadvantage if you have more fat on your body. But if you want to play the cello, that seven pounds you’re trying to lose isn’t keeping you from success. Does this thing you’re meant to do honestly require so much of your energy going into a singular goal like losing weight? 

The lifestyle choices that make you a marathon runner are probably different than those that make you a cellist. But my point is the same: you eat to create the body that can change the world by doing what it loves. That’s WHY you eat. So, if you want to be a cellist, you can be a cellist right now by playing a cello instead of worrying what the scale says.

I don’t care how much you weigh. Getting honest about promising yourself to “eat better,” isn’t about size. I think it’s a distraction for most of us, and not the kind of motivation that keeps us going we. I think what we need is to start with a better lunch.