(image source) My mom and I made a realization maybe a year or so ago: “You’re only as thin as you want to be.” Now I know there’s a stigma against the words “skinny” and “thin” and the like on “healthy living blogs” and some people face bigger physical and mental obstacles when it comes to losing weight, but there’s some truth in the statement. We had a summer where we both focused on our eating and my mom especially saw great change in leaning out (not like she needs it…she’s in amazing shape already!). We came to the conclusion that you’re really only as thin as you want to be.
I was thinking the other day about this statement as I’ve been trying to shed a few (vanity) pounds. I know there are bigger issues in life to think about, but being reminded that I’m only as thin as I want to be – that it’s a series of choices and their resulting consequences that make this happen – was a good reminder. It made me think that this principle is true not only in weight loss/management but also in other areas of life.
You can fill in the blank, really:
You’re only as _____ as you want to be.
…the list goes on.
Right now, I’m eating and training to really maintain where I’m at weight- and strength-wise, so I must not REALLY want to sacrifice for change. And now that you need to hugely alter your life to see changes in the fitness realm, but sometimes you do need to make sacrifices, and I haven’t really been doing that. Duly noted. Time to weigh the scales, as it were, and find out what’s worth it to me.
Furthermore, I’m aware of what my priorities are (or aren’t!) based on my decisions, how I choose to spend my time, the actions I’m taking (or not), etc. I read a great post by Carla yesterday about priorities; I highly suggest you pop over and take a look at it! Her thoughts on saying “yes” or “no” to things or people have helped me re-frame them as priorities or not, and when you think about it that way, the things that need value rise to the surface as the things that don’t sink further away.
So… What will you purpose to become? Do you want to change your body? Do you want to lose weight, gain strength, become more disciplined at school, be a more attentive spouse, become a faster runner, learn to listen to others better? You’re only as ____ as you want to be. Let’s put the work in where it needs to be, have patience and watch as our lives, bodies, habits and characters change.
Live well & be well, friends (and hold me to this, will ya?),