You Ain’t Your Weight
For ten years I was my weight. I was never not on a diet. Well, that’s not true, when I was between diets I was bingeing. I fell into this all or nothing cycle for a decade.
Deprivation, binge, deprivation, binge.
Dieting keeps us in a trap and to what end? In our search for skinny we have forgotten what it’s all for. Why do people want to lose weight? To find health, happiness and maybe some confidence.
Has weight loss ever brought you these things? It never did for me. When I did lose weight from a diet I felt the need to lose more. I was never good enough and there was always the next weight loss goal on the horizon.
This was until I realized I didn’t want to be skinny I wanted to be happy. What a revelation! It may seem obvious but this understanding changed my life. Below is my nontraditional before and after; from skinny, deprived and miserable to healthy, happy and super confident!
When you are caught up in thoughts of your weight all day long, life passes you by. I missed out on so much because of this superficial belief that my weight defined my worth. I want to tell you this story because you don’t have to make the same mistakes that I did. If you are on a diet right now and haven’t been able to find contentment in yourself no matter how many diets you try, this message is for you.
What are the five most important things in your life? Think. Actually list them.
Do these things have anything to do with the gap in your thighs or the size of your jeans?
Let’s get our perspective back because, girl, you ain’t your weight.
This unhealthy notion that our looks and our weight are our identity come from media, advertising and even retail. Have you picked up a ‘health’ magazine lately; full of abs, thigh gaps and biceps. Been to the mall? All the mannequins are absurdly tall and insanely skinny (and also white but that’s a discussion for another day). We are bombarded with the image of skinny as better, healthier and happier and we know by now this isn’t true. You can find health, happiness and confidence at any size.
We can’t change society in a day but we can change our attitudes and our viewpoints.
How to remind yourself You Ain’t Your Weight everyday:
1. Identify what your body has done for you today, not just what it looked like doing it.
2. Remind yourself of your best non-physical feature. Do you make people laugh? Are you amazing at your job? Do love being a mom?
3. Move that tush! Use your body because you can, not only to burn calories.
Your challenge this week is to remind yourself daily that You Ain’t Your Weight!