Not too long ago, I posted about how I had gained 20lbs and the struggles that came along with that. While I have been working on losing the weight, I haven’t really been doing it actively. Yes, I work out but I’m not working out because I want to lose weight, I’m working out because I want to get faster at running and weight loss is just something that may or may not come with it. I’m definitely still at a phase where I’m struggle with learning to accept my body for what it is but I have had some success. Instead of letting myself be caught up in my weight, I’m working on taking a step back from it.
Here’s what I’ve been working on and I hope that by sharing this, anyone else struggle can see that hey, these extra couple of pounds are new big deal!
No One Else Notices
Seriously. I’ve asked a few people and while they may all be lying to me, they haven’t really noticed too much. Plus, they don’t care. They love me regardless. This made me realize that I haven’t noticed that my own best friend put some some weight too until she told me! While I eyeball myself with precision, I’m working on telling myself that other people really don’t notice as much as myself.
Stop Beating Yourself Up
There is no point in beating myself up over this weight gain. While I can scrutinizing every inch of my body, what good does that do for myself? Instead of staring down my body in the mirror, I can focus on someone else instead. I can focus on how I did a great core workout instead of staring at my core and being upset over its softness.
Finding Other Things to Focus On
Is being 20lbs lighter really life or death for me? Instead of focusing on that, I’ve been focusing on things like how I’m able to do a pull up, I’m now able to do push ups, my planks have been held longer, and etc. I’m focusing on what my body can do instead of how it looks.
QOTD: Do you accept your body the way it is?
Linking with with Amanda as usual for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.