The scale. The dreaded scale. We have put so much worth on what that object tells us. I want to help be a part of the team that inspires people to weigh what matters in life, which is why I teamed up with Lean Cuisine and their #WeighThis campaign. My first post on this topic focused on how I want my daughters to be weighed and also followed my own journey through body image pains. I shared my transition into learning to value myself based on things that really hold substance. Today I get to celebrate YOU. My readers chimed in on how they wanted to be measured.
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I asked my readers to weigh in on the topic using the #WeighThis hashtag or commenting on my post. I received some great feedback, and I noticed common themes in the responses. Today I want to highlight where real women are finding their worth. I hope that in hearing the hearts of other women, you will begin to place value on yourself based on things that really matter.
Quotes from my Readers
I asked my readers to answer the question, “What do you wish people would ‘weigh’ you on besides your weight?,” and I received some amazing answers. I’m going to share excerpts from some of the responses. Make sure to check out my last post to read all the comments in their entirety.
- “I feel like how you treat others is a much greater reflection of your character than some number on a scale.” – Katelyn from What’s Up Fagans
- “There are lots of opportunities to talk about how & why people are different, & how the outside doesn’t define what is on the inside.” – Angie
- “My heart would love to be weighed on the fruit of those internal things. What is that “fruit?” … Well, I admit, they are all still “intangible” things (like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) …How I act toward my kids … how I love my husband… how I approach difficult times … and so, SO much more.” – Hope
- “Weigh the love in my heart for others. Weigh the number of times I put my husband and kids before me because Jesus put himself on the cross for me and my sin. Weigh my character- in the light of day and in the dark of night. Weigh my ability to stand up for my Savior and be his shining light to the most unlovable.” – Amanda
- “I think we need to know who we are in Christ and remember the way He sees us. And we need to remember where we’ve been in life and the trials in our life that have produced character and then hope (Romans 5:3-5).” – Drea
- “I would like to be weighed by my passion for life that I try to express through my art….I would like to be weighed for the love I hold for my family and babies and my commitment to my husband and best friend…i want to be weighed for my commitment to my faith….these things make me feel valuable and beautiful even if my body change.” – Stefanie from Simple Acres Blog
- “I want to be weighed by my love and compassion for others.” – Krissy from B-Inspired Mama
- “I would hope that people would weigh me for the way that I loved them deeply…for the times that I hugged my children when they were at their worst. I would like to be weighed for the way that I held hands and cried with people from every race, sexual preference, and social status. And I would like to be weighed for the fact that I was completely imperfect every day yet always strived to improve.” – Stacie
How Women Want to Be Weighed
I am hearing that this campaign resonates with women. We want to be valued for who we are as women rather than a number of the scale. Based on the women I’ve talked to about this topic, those that gave their opinion using #WeighThis and the responses I have read, here is a quick list of how we want to be weighed:
- Innate Worth
- How God Views Us
- How We Treat Others
- Ability to Overcome Trials
- Being a Mom
- Goals Accomplished
- Commitments Made
You see, our worth comes from something so much deeper than the size and shape of our bodies. Yes, we still try and live healthy so that we can have the energy to accomplish all that we can in this life. Use food, not as an enemy, but as the fuel that keeps us going so that we can accomplish more, overcome trials and love deeply. I want to, once again, share the Lean Cuisine YouTube video that will inspire.
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To join the conversation, make sure to tweet using the #WeighThis hashtag. Tag me so I can hear your voice. To re-tweet the video, you can follow this link. You can also see and share the video by visiting the Lean Cuisine Facebook page. Join me and Lean Cuisine to teach girls and women that their value is not found on a scale.