Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The resolution that didn't make it on my list

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There was one resolution that didn't make it onto my list this year – to lose weight. To be honest I can’t remember the last time that I started a new year without some sort of diet plan, without having a magic number of kilos in mind that I had to lose.

I feel like my mindset towards my body really changed over the last few months – I realised that being skinnier won’t change my life. It won’t make my inbox at work any smaller, it won’t help me save for a holiday and it won’t make people like me anymore.

So I am giving up the crazy diet plans and just concentrating on being healthy. I am going to eat healthy as often as I can but I am not going to feel guilty when I have my cake and eat it too. I am going to go to boot camp three times a week because I enjoy it but I am giving up my gym membership. I am not going to judge my health by numbers on the scale.

I am not saying that I will never try and lose weight again (who knows what might happen) and I understand that people choose to lose weight for a variety of reasons but this year I am committing to give myself a break. I am going to be happy with who I am and to look in the mirror and be happy with what I have instead of concentrating on the flaws - I have bigger fish to fry this year!

20 comments:

  1. Good for you!! I did the same this year, too. Usually I start every year with some crazy goals...giving up this food, working out this often...in an effort to lose a certain amount of weight.

    But I'm with you. I've been skinnier than I am now, and I can't say that I was more liked or that I loved life any more or less. Weighing less isn't the end-all-be-all of who we are or what kind of year we have.

    I'm so happy I'm not the only girl who laid aside a number based goal! Instead I made the resolution to stop negative body talk. And also to pause before I eat anything and think, "How will this make me feel tomorrow? In a month? At the end of the year?"

    That's helped a lot. Lots of stuff gets put back. ;)

    Happy New Year to you! I'm sure it is going to be a great one!

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  2. Well said Megan! I am trying to loose weight this year but I don't mind how fast it goes as long as I am trying my best to eat healthier! Unlike past weight loss goals where the more pounds gone the better. I just don't think that mindset is good for me, mentally. I wish you a wonderful healthy eating year lovely! :)

    Love, Rachel

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  3. What a great mindset. Life is so much better when you aren't constantly counting calories at the same time dreaming about cake!!

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  4. True words Megan. I too need to give up assuming that the number on the scale will make me happier and change my life. Because i truly need to change my mindset and accept ME as i am now instead of dreaming of the day when i am skinnier to be happy and do all the things i have dreamed of

    I am trying to eat healthier as well but most importantly avoid most of the meals that flare up any of my reactions. I certainly need to learn how to make yummy treats that are lactose free :)

    xo Stephanie

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  5. I love this! I feel the same way, I think it's important to be healthy and look after yourself, and cut ourselves some slack sometimes too!

    Looking forward to seeing you soon xx

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  6. Yes!!!

    That was what I said to myself as I got rid of all my skinny clothes. My body is different now, with age, and I wonder why I need to keep comparing and fighting with myself. There are other things in life to worry about. This also just gives me a better idea about the type of clothing I will invest my money on in the future -- less tight-fitting ones!

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  7. I hear ya! There is something to be said for getting older and wiser, especially with regard to body image. I love that I no longer have this unrealistic goal of unattainable skinniness. Good for you dear! For me, I aim to get stronger, dancing more, and build my running stamina back up. To health!

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  8. I can't even tell you how much this post means to me!! For three years straight I've had the mind set that nothing comes in front of my gym time. I felt guilty if I ever missed a workout session. Last month I woke up one morning at my normal 5 AM for the gym to find my car covered in snow and instead of walking back inside and just going back to sleep in my warm bed, I felt like I HAD to be at the gym. So there I was driving on slick roads and as my car was sliding on the road I was yelling at myself for being so SILLY! Then I got sick with the stomach flu and then the actual flu so was out of commission for three straight weeks and finally figured out that proper rest to heal was just as important as exercise! Now Micaela and Felix are here and I value the time I get to spend with them and don't want to give up any of that time! This has definitely taught me that I don't have to feel guilty if I give myself and my body a break. I deserve it. And this post made me feel good about that decision! Thank you sweet girl for speaking to my heart this morning!! xoxoxo

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  9. woop, you go Megan! :) healthy is always the best policy, over going crazy in the gym!xx

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  10. I think that is great. Life should be about looking after yourself, and sometimes diets can put you in worse place. I think you have the right frame of mind :)

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  11. Good on you! I'm all about feeling fit and healthy too! I'm not generally one for exercise but roller derby is awesome for that and meeting new friends. It's so nice not to feel the 'loose-weight' pressure.

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  12. I use to be obsessed about weight too but like you say, concentrating on being healthy is what matters. If you're fit and healthy you are usually happier because of it… especially if there's a cake treat involved. :D

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  13. Good for you Megan! Sounds like you're starting the year with a great attitude :)

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  14. Well done Megan. I think being healthy and fit is more important than weight. You will be so much happier about yourself too. I know I will be with changing my mindset about myself (I keep comparing myself with my 18 year old self. I have to remember that I was younger than and so much more active) x

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  15. Love this! So proud of you! And for the record, I think you have a fabulous body.

    x Jasmine

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