This Year It’s Not About My Weight

As I was out doing my walk/run pushing my 3 yo in the jogger yesterday, I thought about how happy I felt.  How good it felt to spend one on one time with her, and to set a good example for her.  For the rest of the day I felt good about myself, strong and confident.

I realized yesterday during that run that being happy is not about a magic number on the scale.  So I went into my closet and pulled out all of the clothes that don’t fit me.  Clothes that will probably never ever fit me again – I’m ok with that.

These will never ever fit me again.

This morning I loaded all of those old clothes into my van and brought them to the Salvation Army. Doing that made me  feel free!  I feel like this:

Happy & FREE!

After years of searching I think I’ve finally gotten it and have reached my “happy” place.  Exercising, eating “right” and drinking water – they’re not a means towards a magic scale number – they themselves are the happiness.  And this is why this year my goals do not include the scale – they’re all things that make me happy and the path towards them also makes me happy.

Do your goals make you happy?  What about your plan to reach those goals?  Does what you need to do in order to get your goal make you happy?  If not you may need to re-evaluate your goals and your plan.

Hit me up in the comments and let me know what you think.


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  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    January 3, 2011 at 9:15 am

    What a great motto to have. It’s certainly one I try to focus on as well. I really do believe that eating well, being active, and overall caring for myself naturally brings my body to its best place. And that’s a place I should feel good about.

  • Karen
    January 3, 2011 at 9:23 am

    It has taken me a very long time, and many years of yo-yo dieting, to realize that it isn’t about the weight:)

    • Janice
      January 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

      It’s definitely a hard place to find isn’t it? Great job on finding your happy place Karen!

  • Kris @Krazy_Kris
    January 3, 2011 at 11:31 am

    So lovely… it’s hard to not focus on the weight, eh? Love that you donated those clothes… so lovely. I don’t lose weight or inches easily, so I have to celebrate just doing the right thing & getting healthier. But it’s been tricky trying to figure out what those metrics would be. I love my HR monitor and being able to work out longer and harder with less time to recover. I have to admit – that has been SO rewarding!

    And yes… we will both drink water today 😉

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  • Pauline
    January 5, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I love this. And this is exactly how I feel. I already know the scale isn’t going to get me to my happy place, so I am making a new happy. That’s here and now. Keep up the good work and awesome blog post.

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    April 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    What a fantastic reminder that it isn’t always about the number on the scale! It is important to remember to feel GOOD and confident in our own skin! Thank you for the great post and reminder! 🙂


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