The other day my plus one and I got into a conversation about “our thing.” I casually asked him what he thought my thing was and he said that is was “snacking and working out.” (So true, by the way.) I immediately thought to defend myself as this topic directly relates to my life-long weight struggle and he quickly pointed out that those things don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
You can love eating and working out. You can enjoy these things at leisure or with a fiery intensity. I don’t have to fit the ideal image of a fitness enthusiast to prove that it is something I love.
In the epic struggle that is weight loss I often revert back to a thought that lingers in the depths of my consciousness. Maybe this is my body’s healthy weight? Sure I don’t have abs, and to most people I probably do look a little hefty, but if my body is healthy, I am able to do what I love and eat what I like, should I not just embrace it?
My thoughts on weight loss are constant. I feel like I am fighting an internal battle 24/7. I’m too hard on myself in regards to this, I just know it. But when I see other people succeed, or never deal with their weight at all, I can’t help but want to try a little harder. I think society as a whole places a lot of pressure on us to fit a certain ideal. Whether you are reading about bloggers who work out for a living or view images of stick thin celebrities who are encouraged to be thin, it is messaging that is difficult to escape.
I’m not sure I will ever find a real balance between being healthy and wanting to lose weight. In my mind these things are correlated no matter how hard I try to separate them. But I will keep trucking along because what I am doing works. It keep she healthy and happy and I suppose that’s all that matters at the end of the day.
Question: Would you rather lose all the excess weight you’ve been struggling with or keep the weight but have perfect health?
P.S. Check back on Monday for a super sweet giveaway from yours truly!