Monday Motivation. Statistics Lie.

Monday Motivation. Statistics Lie.

When I first started blogging on Wordpress back in 2010, I I began every Monday with a motivational quote.  Here at Achieving a Pain Free Life and Living we are all about positive growth and change in every aspect of the WHOLE you.  Mind, body and spirit!

As my web presence developed and changed over the past three years, the Monday Motivation post went by the wayside.  As I've been cleaning it up, I cam across some of those old posts and remembered how much I loved them, and realized their value.

So, in celebration of our newly re-launched website, I'm brining back a monthly Monday Motivation post.

In honor of that, today I'd like to share one of my favorite NIKE inspiration quotes with you all.  It originally appeared in media publications in 1991 (I believe)  and featured Marilyn Monroe as the cover model.

Entitled Statistics Lie, this quote is targeted specifically towards women.  However, you can look at the broader concept, and in my opinion, easily swap out the nouns to isolate words that have been spoken over you and your concept of self.

Who said you have to agree with Statistics?  Are they true?  Says who?  

Personally, I've struggled with body weight statistics and numbers throughout my adolescent and adulthood.  As a child I was always told I was "BIG".  

I wasn't actually big, however, I was taller than my sister and cousins, and built very differently.  All I wanted to do was be like them, because I perceived that being little was good, and big was bad.

I've come to terms with those lies.  But once in awhile, even as I approach my mid-forties, the LIES can creep up on me.  

Most recently, it hit after I had an unprepared for run-in with a BodPod Analysis after a 90 Day Paleo Challenge.  [See:  Is Success Really All About the Numbers?]  

I went into the BodPod expecting to find out I had lost a tremendous amount of body fat, only to find out that it went up!  AAAGH!  Those numbers threw me into a very bad place I thought I had made peace with years ago.  

But no, the numbers, which I couldn't control almost did me in, until I stopped and looked at the bigger picture.  They are just numbers, not a reflection of who I am or what I'm worth.

Here is a photo of me at the end of a 90 Day Paleo Challenge.  After a BodPod analysis my body fat was measured at 27.2% and my weight is 146 pounds.  I'm close to obese by these statistics.  So I have to make peace with those numbers.

What's the lesson?  I can't control my numbers.  They are what they are, and they don't define my strength or self-worth.  Statistics Really Do Lie!


A woman is often measured by the things she cannot control. 

She is measured by the way her body curves or doesn’t curve. 

By where she is flat or straight or round. 

She is measured by 36-24-36 and inches and ages and numbers. 

By all the outside things that don’t ever add up to who she is on the inside. 

And so if a woman is to be measured, let her be measured by the things she can control, by who she is and who she is trying to become because as every woman knows, measurements are only statistics, and statistics lie.”

How about you?  Have you had a Statistics Lie experience?  

Do you have a favorite Nike or other motivational/inspirational quote?  

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Deb Preachuk is a Chronic Pain Pain Relief, Posture Restoration and Athletic Performance Enhancement pro specializing in corrective exercise, applied biomechanics, STOTT Pilates and functional movement patterns. 

Founder of Pain Free Posture MN,  Deb helps real people transform real-world chronic pain challenges into achievable results. Deb infuses her teaching with an honest, open and down-to-earth mix of chronic pain relief therapeutic modalities training techniques to make the concepts of pain relief and body/mind transformation accessible and achievable!