An update on my weight loss journey, twelve years later, plus the importance of dressing for the body you have now.
As my 37th birthday approaches, I’m proud to admit that I feel more beautiful and confident than I ever did in my twenties. But that’s not because of the numbers on my scale.
One of the many reasons I’ve loved working with Evereve over the past year is because their female-owned company inspires and empowers me to dress and feel my best – for who I am today, not who I once was or who I hope to one day be when I lose those elusive “last 10 pounds.”
When I began my weight loss journey at the age of 25, my goal was never to fit into a size 2 or weigh 149 pounds like the BMI chart says I should. Rather, I just wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin while preventing diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Fast forward to today: I’ve managed to maintain a fifty pound loss over the course of twelve years, through two pregnancies, essentially losing the same 50 pounds three total times.
While I’m not at my all time lowest weight (that lasted about 14 days), I am at my smallest size ever: a size 10 down from a size 20 at my highest back in college.
Would I love to see the 160’s on the scale again? Even if just for a day? You betcha. But right now I’m choosing to honor the body I have today, not the body I maybe/possibly/could have tomorrow.
That means I eat clean 80% of the time (I’m a huge fan of the 80/20 rule) and exercise 5-6 days a week. It also means I don’t measure portions or count calories when I travel and I don’t beat myself up if my friends convince me a third Moscow mule is a good idea.
The truth is, twelve years ago I was the exact same size that I am now even though I weighed 10 pounds less. Want to know what I wasn’t doing back then? Pushing 35 pound weights across the basketball court on a towel, bench pressing 100 pounds or swinging 45 pound kettlebells. That’s right folks, muscle weight is a real thing. (But no, you didn’t gain 3 pounds of muscle that time you weighed yourself after 4 margaritas and 3 baskets of chips and guac. Trust me on that one….)
Regardless of where you are in your journey, I urge you to dress for the body that you have today, not the one you hope to have tomorrow. There is nothing more motivating than looking and feeling good. When you look and feel good, you’re more likely to make smart decisions on a daily basis.
Lifting weights with super fit people takes confidence. The better I feel about myself, the more likely I am to show up. To show up at the gym. To show up in the kitchen. To show up to my family and friends.
It all starts in the head and if you’re anything like me, wearing clothes that make you feel like a million bucks (despite the size on the inseam of your jeans) is the first step towards reaching a healthier, happier tomorrow.
Your closet is waiting.
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