A little background seems appropriate to set the stage.
As with many women, including my Mom, I have for much of my adult life struggled with weight and body image. This resulted in several costly and sometimes painful outcomes:
- Yo-yo weight fluctuations
- The “scale” became either my friend or adversary depending on what was displayed
- Diets and deprivation; food became both the “enemy” and the “reward”
- Infrequent, obligation-based exercise—we’re talking ho, hum time-based “am I done yet?” type workouts
- Self image and personal satisfaction with self-image became associated with which size pants I was wearing
- Enough different sizes in my wardrobe to fill a small boutique
- Feeling like the ugly step-sister, when on a weight upswing which was becoming more often than not
It was generally all or nothing. Not a toe in the water, either all-in or all-out. This cycle was based upon DIETING. I personally hate that concept as it a fraud…for me it meant: Diet and lose weight, stop dieting and gain weight, diet and lose weight, stop dieting and gain more weight. A vicious and unhealthy cycle that I needed to stop for both my physical and emotional wellbeing. A myopic focus on the numbers displayed on the scale…was a focus on the wrong thing. I needed to shift my energy and focus to becoming FIT & HEALTHY.