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This is a post for the tall and curvy girls. This is a post for those women who will never be described as dainty and rarely need their hubby’s arm strength to open a jar of pickles. I am pretty sure the rest of you are going to scratch your head and go…what???
The hardest part of every weight loss journey for me is knowing that the number I consider a healthy weight for me, is indeed healthy, and that the number that society says I need to weigh is not.
I never forget when I was last at my healthy goal weight and was signing up for a sprint triathlon and realized that I missed the Athena class by a mere 2 pounds. For those of you that don’t know what that is, Athena is a nice way of saying an athlete of heavier weight.
No word of a lie I immediately got naked and took a spin in front of my full length mirror was I missing something? Was I huge and didn’t know it? I posted my realization on Facebook and immediately friends started chiming in “Victoria, you have more muscles than a lot of women” “Victoria you are taller than most women” “Victoria you have a wider frame than a lot of women” (I am not sure how that last one was suppose to make me feel better, but I think she was referring to my curves, that you can clearly see in my shadow above).
Another time I was closer to my pre-pregnancy weight than I have ever been so I decided to figure out my BMI. Again I was mere pounds away from being considered over weight.
This time I want to ditch societies idea of “normal weight” and stick to my bodies idea of “normal weight” . I want to not get hooked up on a number and instead get hooked on a feeling. I know right away when I hit that “ideal weight” for my body frame. At that weight my thighs don’t rub, I sweat less, I don’t get as tired doing every day tasks, I run faster, and I sleep better. All in all at that weight I feel pretty darned amazing.
I also know when I have taken things too far, my cheeks become non existent and I lose my endurance for the longer runs I love.
This time around when I reach my healthy weight, I am going to take it as a compliment to my amazing muscle strength when BMI tells me I am mere pounds away from being over weight.This time I will wear the Athena badge with pride because she symbolizes strength and wisdom.
How about you? Are you more caught up with a number than a feeling? Is it time to ditch the number and start embracing the feeling? Accept yourself curves, height, muscle mass and all!
Weekly Weigh In: My goal is to lose 10 pounds this year and until I do I am writing about weight loss and fitness every Wednesday and putting a small update on how I am doing at the bottom of the posts to keep me accountable. This week was a week full of bad eating, I gained 3 of the 5 pounds I had lost back.
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