Today, we're going to talk about a topic that many of you won't enjoy talking about. Weight. If you've ever had a weight loss journey (like me) this subject might make you or have made you uncomfortable at one time or another.
You can't walk through the magazine section at the bookstore without noticing at least a dozen covers featuring rail-thin women looking immaculate in their designer outfits. Department store mannequins only come in two women's sizes, regular and "plus size", which is usually not much larger than a 10 or 12. In fact, women's clothing sizes don't take into account our body shapes and aren't even uniform from one store to another. What is an 8 at one retailer is a 14 at another. Rarely do real women fit into standard sample-size clothing.
No wonder we feel bad about ourselves when looking in the dressing room mirror!
The world we live in puts way too emphasis on our outer appearance - our size and shape, our skin, our smiles, even our clothes and accessories - when the real emphasis should be put on our health. I don't need to tell you that humans come in all shapes and sizes. What might be thin (or "overweight") for me, might be nothing of the sort for you. Our bodies change as we age and our weight fluctuates throughout our lives due to stress, pregnancy, hormonal changes and many other factors.
Twelve years ago, I was about 100 pounds heavier than I am today. Over the course of about five years, my body underwent some major changes and it took me a long time to get to a place where I was stable in a weight range but also felt healthy. I lost over 120 pounds and at my thinnest, I was 130 pounds, which, for my height, was pretty thin. I wasn't happy at that weight. Sure, it was nice to fit into sizes I hadn't been able to wear since junior high, but I didn't feel good, and that bothered me.
I made a bold decision to try to gain some of the weight back, but by working out and building muscle tone rather than just adding on pounds. It was more important for me to find a place where I felt healthy rather than reaching a goal number.
Since then, my weight has fluctuated within a twenty-pound range, partially because of some medical issues, but also #becauselife and I'm ok with that. As long as I feel healthy and confident, I'm happy with whatever my number is.
I share my personal story because I want to encourage you to find your happy place in your weight loss journey. Rather than aim for a specific number or size that likely won't bring you true happiness, I want you to find the size you feel healthy and confident at. Weight loss is more about finding yourself than obtaining the "perfect" figure. Whether you are 130 pounds or 300, the important thing is that you feel healthy and are confident when you look at yourself in the mirror.
Have you struggled with finding your happy place in weight loss?
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