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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Size Really Does Matter!

Last week I shared with you about my 80 pound weight loss journey.  This week I want to talk about the psychological "side effects" of weight, and re-training your brain to think in a new way.

Even after loosing 80 pounds, I still saw myself as a "heavy" girl...I couldn't wrap my brain around the fact that I could now get into the "skinny girl club".  The truth of the matter is, that I've discovered that it really doesn't matter what size I am...I always look into the mirror and see something that I don't like. I am on a journey of self acceptance, as many of us are, and I feel certain that this will be a life-long journey.  I know that I have so much to offer...that I'm intelligent and funny...that I'm relatively attractive...and that everyone who knows me, really likes me.  BUT, what I struggle with is liking myself some days...and accepting my body most days.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm not the only one...
What I really want us to start doing (I'm preaching to the choir here), is to love and accept matter what size we are.  Our "size" is not an indicator of who we are as a doesn't dictate what we can accomplish, or how we can treat other people.  Our dislike of our "size", for many women, has become a mental prison...holding us back from from doing things that we really want to do...keeping us from stepping into the spotlight...chaining us to the lie that we don't have anything to offer to others.  Well I for one, hope that you'll get mad enough at this deception that our brains hold on to, and join me in making some changes!

Here's what I want you to grasp on to:  You need to work towards being the healthiest, fittest YOU that you can be (this is one of those "life long" journeys)...I want you to stop fixating on the number on the scale, and instead, focus on "Fitting In Your Pants" (that's what this is all about for me).  I want to encourage you to set a goal for yourself about whatever size pants you want to fit into, and make daily lifestyle changes to help you reach that goal.  It's important to be set small, attainable goals for yourself.  We need to understand that more important than the number on the scale, is being healthy, strong, physically fit...AND loving yourself for the amazing YOU that you are!  I'm not telling you to ignore the condition that your body is in...I'm encouraging you to love yourself enough to join the journey with me to become the YOU that you've always dreamed of!

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