Why Weight Loss Isn’t The Focus
Weight loss is a tricky thing. Both the thought and obsession when wanting to lose weight as well as the actual physicality of the action itself.
In my experience, if you ask females what their current goal is the first answer is to lose a few pounds and the second answer is to tone or tighten. If you spend even ten minutes with the tone or tighten group, they will mostly likely admit that they would like to see the scale number go down a bit as well.
We are obsessed with the scale.
Despite the beginning of a shift in societal views, women have placed their self worth, value and confidence upon a number.You are more important than the number on the scale. Always.Click To Tweet
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably tried the weight loss route. Any of them really; weight watchers, increased workouts, personal trainers, random diets, detoxes and more. If you were successful in any of the above methods, congratulations.
But if you weren’t successful.. that’s okay too.
The thing is, I could go on about fat mass versus muscle mass and how the actual number on the scale is not an accurate representative.. but there’s no point.
I’ve been there. Obsessed with my body composition and how to improve it. Below is a picture of me- it used to be my favorite picture. I look great.. but I hated life. It was horrific for me to get that cut. Naturally, my body doesn’t like to sit that lean.
And it took me a long time to learn that it doesn’t matter. There are far more important things to emphasize than those particular numbers:
How your clothes, your confidence, your enjoyment of life and food, your relationships and ultimately, the ability to have all of these things for years to come: your health.
As a society we obsess about the wrong thing. The number and the opinion that goes along with it. Instead, our focus should be on creating health and enjoyment.
It takes a long time to alter our beliefs and our mentality. It’s a shift that won’t come easily. But the weight of the world is released from your shoulders when you place the focus on external things: what’s in the food you’re eating, what makes you happy and how can you do more of it?
When you target the bigger picture, the long term plan, that’s when you’ll see results. They still might not be as fast as you like them. They may not be exactly as you wanted them at all but the journey will be that much better.
You see, weight loss, that number, only dictates part of the story. I’ve sat at both 115lbs and 135lbs (as well as in between- and not including pregnancy) and I looked better, felt better and loved better at 126. But my abs at the lower number were way more developed. Was it important? Did I enjoy myself along the way? No.
If you’ve been around the block, if you’ve tried every diet, detox or random suggestion along the way, I present to you a new challenge:
Focus on quality. Quality of food, of activity, or life and of enjoyment. Make that your challenge.Focus on quality. Quality of food, of activity, or life and of enjoyment. Make that your challenge.Click To Tweet
The Healthy Living Kickstart is meant to give your body back some control. Its purpose is to provide you with good, nutrient full foods to allow your body time to reset, restart and kick ass. You should enjoy what you eat and more importantly not guilt trip every indulgence.
I believe in placing the emphasis on quality and not obsessing about quantity that much can change. Your energy levels, the way you see yourself, your body composition and ultimately, your mindset.
And hopefully you’ll learn a bit about yourself along the way 🙂