Monday, April 18, 2011
As crazy as it sounds, despite the fact that I've lost a good 30lbs within the last 2 years, I still see myself as obese. I perceive my body just the same the thinner I get. I still feel like I'm much closer to that 192 of Sophomore year than the 164.2 of today. I bring this up because this isn't just an issue that is pertinent to individuals losing weight. For many people, the way we see and perceive our bodies is not necessarily in line with reality. This can be from the really thin individual (girl or guy because men also fall victim to such problems) who thinks she or he is still fat, or the much larger woman/man who doesn't believe they are at risk of any health issues. None of it is very healthy in terms of an individual's mental state. It can be life-consuming when you're consistently trying to change your body but not seeing in the mirror the types of results you're expecting, even when change is occurring.
I have read enough articles and have been told by enough people that measuring oneself is far more effective than the numbers on the scale. Understandable, but sometimes I find myself unsure as to if I'm even doing an accurate job of measuring myself. Especially when it comes to body fat. You know those plastic calipers? Dread!
Even then, when you do see you're losing inches and body fat and weight, etc. etc. you can be discouraged by the way your clothing are fitting or the lack of compliments you get from people.
With all this in mind, I'm wondering how all of you keep yourselves in check/mentally sane. In the past I've resorted to overcardio-ing (scheduling in 90 minutes of cardio) or really cutting back on calories (down to 1,200). These days, I try going over my accomplishments, my goals, and my sources of motivation. I try to see what it is that may be holding me back from getting the results I want (if I'm not getting them) or if I am getting results, I remind myself it all takes time.
But what do you find helps?