How We Carry The Weight

Last night when I was leaving work, I realized I felt very different. I had this bizarre awareness that my gut and internal organs just felt less pressure on them and more free. I don’t know how to explain it, but it felt good. During class the next morning, I told a friend and we checked with Coach Rachel as to what it could be. She explained when visceral fat goes down, people can feel that way. To me this was such an unexpected Non Scale Victory, to feel free and less pressure, to ultimately feel lighter in my own body.

I joined Get Fit back in October and began my first bootcamp in January. I did my weigh-in and remember that visceral fat number. I have seen it gone down since then, but now I FEEL it.

As I have been thinking about this body response, I can equate it to the same “free” feeling we feel when we deal with heavy stuff emotionally, when we work through trauma, loss, shame, guilt, fear, anxiety, depression, sadness, etc. There is something about putting in the hard work and feeling the results that stokes that fire in me to continue on. I don’t know about you, but starting the Change Up has been slow for me, and I don’t feel as “all in” as I did in January. I have sick kids (AGAIN), busy work schedule, lack of sleep, and a million excuses, but when I feel that freedom internally, it ignites something in me to keep on and push those excuses aside.

I don’t know where you are at, but God sees you. He sees you putting in the work, he sees your struggles, and the freedom is coming. Just as visceral fat is associated with a number of negative effects on health - including increased blood pressure, dementia, cardiovascular disease, hormonal imbalances, and insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes - emotional pressure can be related to chronic stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, and relational issues. It is so worth it to work on those things that keep us stuck physically and emotionally and to change our thoughts about them. It is worth it for those scale victories, overall good health, and that FREEDOM we can have. To feel lighter in our bodies, but also in our souls. Keep on and share those non scale victories with others!


Sarah Andrews is a Get Fit member and a Marriage and Family Therapist who practices in Modesto. Learn more about Sarah and her work at