There seems to be enormous pressure on women to look a certain way. Especially with moms….we expect to bounce back like a trampoline after carrying and birthing a human for 10 months. We put this immense pressure on ourselves to get back to this pre-baby weight and shape.
There is a particular body shape and size that we have somehow come to view as optimal. We put ourselves and our bodies up for judgement if it doesn’t fit into this little box of what we think “our perfect body” should look like.
This expectation is defeating and can often be unrealistic, unsustainable, and highly unenjoyable.
There are many reasons to want to lose weight – some reasons that are more positive than others. First, my least favourite reasons to want to lose weight.
Your hormones, bone density, metabolism, stress levels, sleep health, lifestyle habits, and so much more changes as you get older. Why would you compare yourself or your weight to any time in the past?
I know it may be easier said than done, especially when we’re surrounded and drowned by our social media feeds with people who seem to look perfect. Comparing your body to anyone else’s will always be a losing game. If these images aren’t altered, filtered, or airbrushed, there are many factors that determine someone’s shape. We are all so individual and beautiful, and why would you want it any other way!!
The body you live in is a gift!! It shows up for you in so many ways each and every day. There will always be someone who thinks you’re too big, too small, too thin, too muscular, too curvy, too short, or too tall – who the heck caressssss…..how do YOU feel about your body? Focus on your body and your opinion and relationship with it.
Unless the person telling you that it’s a good idea to lose some weight is a doctor, you shouldn’t engage with this type of pressure from anyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s coming from your friends, family, or even your husband. One of the worst reasons to lose weight is to do it for somebody else. You won’t have the right motivation. You may also end up not only miserable but also resentful. Set your own why and when times get tough – that’s where you’ll draw your energy too.
If losing a little weight in a sustainable way makes you more confident or comfortable in your clothes – go for it!!! But if you’ve been trying but struggling to fit into a dress you loved 5 years ago or that old pair of jeans pre-baby – – do yourself a favour and go buy some new clothes. Continuing to fail to fit into old clothes will affect your self-esteem and any healthy progress you have made. Body shapes change, and you need to find clothes to fit your body, not the other way around.
Killing yourself to lose weight for your wedding adds more pressure to an already stressful planning process. Being happy planning your wedding, being enjoyable to be around, and being really present for the process will be more important than losing a few pounds for one day. You’ll look gorgeous in your wedding dress regardless – brides are beautiful, and they should be enjoying and soaking in every second. As for a vacay, I’m all for eating more intentionally before an upcoming holiday. However, trying to drop a ton of weight beforehand often means taking your diet too far by over-restricting, undereating, and wreaking havoc on your metabolism. Then, while on vacation, you’ll more than likely be overconsuming, enjoying, and indulging. This could result in your body storing more fat than usual. A balanced approach to upcoming events is a much healthier option, and you’ll enjoy both processes much more.
Getting closer to a healthy weight will make you feel better from the inside out. Being overweight or even obese can have severe effects on the body, causing all kinds of troubles, illnesses, diseases, pain, discomfort, sleep and digestive concerns, mood imbalances, skin issues, and the list goes on. The change of your appearance is only an additional perk to what’s all happening within.
Losing weight can help you to be more active and perform activities that were harder or even impossible for you before. You’ll be in better physical shape, which makes activities more manageable. You’ll feel lighter and will get less tired less often. Once you lose weight, and start moving better and all with more ease, you’ll gain confidence and WANT to move more.
When you’re overweight, you’re putting more weight on your joints, and those joints then degrade over time. Losing weight will reduce joint pain and improve your movement, which will then decrease inflammation. These are benefits you would see almost immediately, which is amazing!
People vary in how well and sensitively they can perceive different flavours and textures. If you’re used to eating processed foods, fast foods, fried foods, packaged foods, and tons of sugar – your taste buds are being highjacked and dulled. Once you begin to fuel your body with whole foods found in nature and minimally processed foods, you will retrain your tastebuds to taste the natural sweetness of a strawberry or the sea salt on the roasted vegetables. Healthy food will begin to taste way better than you could have ever imagined.
Losing weight will help you sleep better. When your sleep is of high quality, your body has time to repair and balance your hormones, and this will help you have more energy to power your day. When you’re focusing on whole foods for your weight loss, you’ll also be fueling your body with higher-quality energy that is longer-lasting.
Weight loss can lead to an incredible relationship between you and your body. You gain confidence in yourself and appreciate the dedication you put in to achieve your goal. Weight loss can ignite a desire within to begin to take care of your body long-term, while also beginning to understand and appreciate your body, and want to see it thrive.
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