Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's not just a number


Healthy....it's not just about a number on the scale. It's not just about eating a million servings of fruits and vegetables. It's not just about exercising regularly. Healthy is a combination of all of these things and having a healthy mental attitude about yourself.

Two years ago, I started on my journey to healthy. It's been a long and challenging journey. It's been a fun journey. It's been a journey filled with excitement, pride and tears.

This past weekend it really hit home for me how far I've come in my journey. First, I went on a solo shopping trip! Moms, you know how exciting that is; no one asking how long it's going to take you to try on clothes, no whining, no crying, no escape artists. Searching every store for dresses for a cousin's wedding next month (yes, I know I have time, but the sales were good!), I finally found a few that might work and wouldn't require a small loan to purchase. I grabbed my size, only my size (not 3 sizes just in case I needed a larger size) and tried them on. They all fit! Then I realized that before I tried them on I wasn't worried if they would fit or not, I was only concerned if they would look good! Such a HUGE step for me! I bought a dress that two years ago I never would have imagined trying on, let alone buying and wearing in public. 


I no longer obsess about every bite I take. Some days I don't have good eating habits, but I know it's not the end of the world; I just refocus the following day. I do not deny myself anything, but I do deny myself LOTS of that same anything. I set limits for eating and try to stick to them. The fact that the scale has pretty much stayed in the same place for a year says that I have learned some good habits. Well, and that I run a lot. This is what healthy means to me.  There are days where I see myself in a picture and don't recognize the "new" me. I love shopping for cute, fashionable clothes (sorry honey! I'm going to need a job soon to support my new clothes addiction!).  I am happy to be healthy! Now, on those bad days, I will need to come back here and remind myself of this....


What says "healthy" to you? 


---Anne



7 comments:

  1. "Then I realized that before I tried them on I wasn't worried if they would fit or not, I was only concerned if they would look good!"

    I LOVE this! What an exciting and huge step!

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  2. Congrats! That's huge when it's not depressing to go shopping and to get to do it solo, yea! After my transformation, a friend told me to grab all kinds of clothes, even ones I'd never consider and I might be surprised. That advice was wonderful and I have a few things in my closet that I never thought I would. :)

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  3. Since I still haven't figured out how to reply to each comment....

    Melissa, Thank you!

    Runs with Java, Thank you! And congrats to you, too. That is the same advice that I received and I use it every time I shop. Or, go to a store like The LImited where the employees pick things out for me to try on!

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  4. Congrats. You have such a great attitude. You're totally right.

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  5. I love that feeling of being able to try on multiple dresses, not multiple sizes. I still fear shopping and I have been at my goal weight for four years. Hopefully we get to see a picture of the dress!

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  6. Again, thank you all for your comments.

    Robinbb---yes, I will post a picture after the wedding!

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