Why I Decided to Stop Focusing on Weight Loss

Why I Decided to Stop Focusing on Weight Loss

I’ve decided to stop focusing on weight loss.  You heard me.  I created a blog based on fitness and weight control, and now I’ve stepped away from my focus on that second half.  Well, not altogether, but you’ll see what I mean in a minute.

I Needed to Stop Focusing on Weight Loss

Last year was hard on me. I know, it was hard on essentially everyone.  I do not feel like I was the only one who suffered through 2020.  In fact, let’s be real. I’m pretty lucky.  Still, as much as I acknowledge my luck and regularly express my gratitude for what I do have, it was hard on me. The last thing I needed was to beat myself up over the climbing numbers on the scale.  So, I decided that I would stop focusing on weight loss.

I have yet to decide whether the decision to stop focusing on weight loss will be a temporary or a permanent one. I can see advantages and disadvantages to both. That said, for now, it’s not on my list of goals.

What Am I Doing Instead?

Considering the nature of my blog and of my lifestyle, you might be wondering what I’m going to do if I stop focusing on weight loss.  The thing is, I still do want to lose this extra weight. I don’t want to be overweight. I think that it is a very personal choice.  For me, I am proud of making physically healthy choices for my body. It’s good for my mental health, too.

That said, dieting in the formal sense does not belong in my healthy mind space right now.  So, instead, I’m focusing on my health and wellbeing on the whole.  It’s my belief (and hope) that by stepping off the bathroom scale for a while, but focusing on building a healthier lifestyle, the unwanted pounds will naturally come away at their own gradual pace.

My healthy lifestyle will include:

  • Eating nutritious foods
  • Eating delicious foods
  • Indulging now and again
  • Exercising regularly (I love exercising!)
  • Doing a variety of different kinds of exercise (love it even more)
  • Working on stress control
  • Getting the sleep I need

By placing my focus on all these factors, my hope is to enjoy life, treat myself respectfully and healthfully, build and maintain lean muscle, and slowly return my weight to the “normal” BMI range while maintaining body positivity and without obsessing about how fast the extra body fat is coming off.

 

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