19 minutes ago
Ladies, it’s not about the weight. At age 11, I was over 200 pounds, pre-diabetic, and had serious food and inactivity problems. Middle school was a nightmare. Food was my comfort, and became an obsession. My doctor told me I’d develop diabetes if I kept up my bad habits, and told me I’d be even more different from everyone else because of the possibility of developing Type II diabetes.
I became obsessed with “fitting in” and “being accepted.” I thought that if I looked socially acceptable, more people would like me. I joined track and ran 2-4 miles every day and severely restricted my eating habits. I did lose weight, but *my life DID NOT change.* It wasn’t until adulthood when I quit trying to impress the people that were never a part of my circle, and I not in theirs, and never would be.
Now I’m in my mid 20s, considered slightly overweight, but strong. Healthy. Humble. Accepting of myself and others. And I have a circle of people that I love and trust, and who accept me for me and recognize the effort I put into making myself a better person every day.
People make weight loss “the goal” as if some number on a scale is going to change their life in some magical way. It doesn’t. Sure, you may be able to fit into smaller clothes and be more active. And that’s about it. Health goals should be focused on the way we feel, and achieving HEALTH rather than weight. Our focus should be keeping our bodies in check and taking care of the vessel that embodies our soul. Our health, well-being, and being a better person today than we were yesterday is what our focus needs to be. Exercise because of all the benefits it provides, like positive moods and longevity. Eat in moderation to fuel your body (and sometimes, the soul needs Ben and Jerry’s!) Focus on your life and the impact you have on the people who are always there, the impact they have on you, and the impact you have on them. ❤️
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