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Mark uses his scale for motivation

This article is part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three members of the WebMD team as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their travels here.

By Mark Spoor

I am a word guy. You can probably assume that since I’m a writer here at WebMD. But I also like numbers, which comes from my lifelong love of sport. Growing up, I was that kid who always knew the stats of every player on his favorite team.

Yeah, I was, and still am, pretty geeky.

This week, I memorized some statistics on myself. And these numbers shocked me and gave me a little extra motivation as I entered the last week of my first month on this trip.

When Bill and I started this journey, Dr. Bruni Nazario, a member of the WebMD medical team and our medical advisor, encouraged us to each get a biometric scale. Basically you are walking on this thing and it gives you not only your weight but also your body mass index (BMI), your water weight (MUCH more than I thought), your body fat percentage and your muscle mass. .

I never really felt like weighing myself, even when I was on other fitness trips. I was never really concerned with the numbers. As long as I felt better and my clothes fit better, I thought I was probably on the right track – and that was good enough for me.

Also, if I’m being honest, I was probably scared of how many I was going to see if I weighed myself, so it was probably a case where I wanted to stay completely oblivious.

But Dr Bruni said it was important to know where you are. Bill, my “Healthier 2021” travel companion, was also very excited about the idea. (You know those enthusiastic dads – they are excited about everything!) So last weekend I found myself at a local store to grab one.

I’m not going to give you the details of what I saw after stepping on my new ladder, but suffice to say that some of them surprised me and some, uh, didn’t surprise me. On the positive side, however, I found that I was making progress. I also learned goals that I didn’t even know I had to have.