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Are You Happy?
Category: Happy Eating
Tags: scale weight dieting

Ask yourself if your self-imposed rules, guidelines, and limitations have made you happy or produced the result you want. For most women, it's the opposite. They end up miserable, and struggling every day to be more miserable. This baffles me now. When I was doing it it seemed logical. Like you can deny and abuse yourself happy??? If I just follow all the rules, turn down all the treats, exercise myself into exhaustion, isolate myself from social situations, feel guilty enough, kick myself hard enough, somehow that's supposed to make me HAPPY?

Duh derrrrr dah duh duh DUH...

Here's the thing. You have to be happy first, trust yourself first, decriminalize food first. Then you can achieve whatever fitness or body comp goal you want with your sanity and self-respect intact.

Battling pounds is a fool's game. Find a sport. Something beside scale mathletics. Focus on getting better at something, stronger, faster, more flexible, more confident, more joyous. Lean will follow. When you're happy and busy, enjoying life, enjoying food, and eating less overall you get leaner. You don't have to do the chicken weighing deprivation thing. That's like holding your breath. Sooner or later you inhale. Everything. LOL

Understand that your happiest, healthiest weight isn't necessarily the lowest weight you've ever been. That's what I talked about in the Scale Anxiety post. If you were dieting your brains out and absolutely miserable at your lowest weight, your goal should not be to summon the willpower to make yourself absolutely miserable every day from now on! Focus on being a happy person who has a healthy relationship with food. If you're coming at it from that direction and your weight drops to the mythical low point or beyond, GREAT! Now you can actually maintain it because you didn't do anything stupid to get there.

That's my feeling anyway. I'm kind of passionate about it, can you tell? :-) :-) I just endured so much misery by disregarding myself and trying to submit to other people's food rules. I eat what I like now, just a bit less of it.

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