I like that my waist has lost a couple inches and my arms have toned up.
I won’t lie and say that losing a few pounds doesn’t make me feel sexier and more confident in my body.
I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t happy when I needed to take my pants in a couple of inches.
I won’t lie and say that I was necessarily happy weighing 138 pounds.
But I also won’t lie and say that my entire self worth is tied up in a number or in the size of my pants.
My weight is simply a number BUT my body, my body is so much more than that…
My healthy/active/toned body, regardless of the number on the scale, gives me the ability to run, bike, skip, dance, practice yoga and enjoy being active. My body is not a number but I won’t lie and say that I don’t feel better when I’m more toned and in shape.
There is a difference between being obsessed with a specific number on the scale and appreciating the fact that my clean and active lifestyle help me drop a few pounds. There is also a difference between losing weight the healthy way (focused around clean eating, lots of fitness activity and mindfulness) and crash dieting. There is a difference between losing weight because you think that will make you a better person and losing weight because you’re taking better care of yourself.
That’s the truth: losing weight is NOT about becoming a better person it’s about treating yourself right.
When you throw out the idea that losing weight will help you become more a popular/smart/funny/attractive/desirable/better person and embrace the fact that YOU are amazing just the way you are you’ll realize that the numbers on the scale have nothing to do with your self confidence and self love. And once you start taking care of yourself (eating right and being active) you’ll see the pounds drop. Not because you’re striving for a certain number (which is ridiculous in itself) but because you’re putting your own physical, mental and emotional health first. Toning up and losing weight is just a bonus not something to strive for.
So strive for a more balanced life.
Strive for a more active life where fun and fitness go hand in hand.
Strive for mindfulness, acceptance and gratitude for who you are and all you can do.
Strive for a healthier life.
Strive for happiness NOT a number.