My weight still goes up and down a little. But, the peaks and valleys aren't so drastic. I don't starve myself. I don't eat carrot sticks and egg whites all day. But, I do try to make healthy choices. I do indulge cupcakes anyone?!
But, I am aware of it. I've practiced this accountability sometimes mortifying process with several girlfriends in the past several years. It's a good way to encourage one another. I believe that everyone should have a healthy relationship with the scale. I know that I step on it more when I'm feeling better about myself - eating well and running an oober number of miles. And I tend to step on it less when I want to cringe and look at that number staring back at me.
I will never be that lb thirteen-year-old girl again. But, I also know that I will never be that lb woman either. With all of my marathon training lately, my scale was up the other day. But I can remove my pants without unzipping them. Take in the big picture. Now, don't go throwing out that scale. Just check in with yourself once in a while. But, remember that even though the scale will flash back a number - it won't tell you the whole story. Try to use a pair of "fat pants" or "skinny pants" to help you see your successes or struggles.
Measurements can make you feel better and more aware of the big picture than that number glaring back at you.
My Weightloss Story
View Larger Image. At every speaking engagement I have or running group that I start, I touch on my struggles. I feel that it's important to share your story. Not only successes. But, most importantly your struggles. It's your struggles that make you who you were, who you are and who you are still striving to be. Once you reach goals, half of the battle is sticking at it. Keeping the weight off. Keeping up with your training. Pushing yourself further.
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It's too easy to let old habits creep back in - and for new habits to die young. It's your struggles that make you better. My struggles have thoroughly made me appreciate who I am today. I was always the chubby girl. Not heavy. Just chubby. I was shy and didn't like to try out for sports or extra-curricular activities. I didn't like trying new things. I hated gym class because I despised running that mile at the end of the year.
I love dancing and performing. I loved learning a routine, perfecting it and performing in front of the crowd. As active as I was in dance and poms, I still never looked active. It's because I ate like garbage. I'd walk two miles home from school and consume an entire back of Cheetos while I did my school work.
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I'd eat an entire Tombstone pizza for dinner. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to nibble on a pan of brownies my mom made and this was a routine that I continued into adulthood. I started taking an interest in boys, but they didn't take an interest in me. In seventh grade, I was asked to the seventh-grade dance by a boy and my world changed.
The day before the dance, I got so nervous that I was nauseous. I stayed home the next day from school too and was unable to attend the dance. I was making myself physically sick. But I wasn't ill. It was nerves. Eating healthy isn't as difficult or joyless as you might imagine. Every week Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel, serves up simple, painless ways to upgrade your eating habits. Before you know it, you'll be eating healthier and feeling fabulous! Always on the lookout for the small changes that can make a big difference in your health, the Nutrition Diva sifts through the science and the silliness, separates food fact from food fiction, and offers her unique spin on the art of eating well.
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