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  Week of 3/20/2014 - Featured Board Post

My Life is Not About My Weight

I know many people share their weight loss victories here, and I believe that is totally encouraging. But I also think that it is important to share non weight loss victories as well.

I made a major transition in my life. I moved to the other side of the country and normally I forget to focus on maintaining a healthy diet. So I often gain a lot of weight and then freak out and try to fix my weight problem as quickly as possible.

THIS TIME WAS DIFFERENT. I did gain the weight and then made a conscious decision to be healthy. Not focusing on numbers or what I will look like but to be as healthy as I can be under the circumstances I am in. I realized that I really like how I look when I am a slight bit bigger and I like how I look when I am smaller and accepted that sometimes I will just gain and that it is okay. I can make healthy decisions and lose weight without stressing myself out over it.

I love this new way of thinking. I accept myself how I am. I have been a SparkPeople member for several years and know now that "healthy" really does start in the mind. The support here allows all of us to know that we are not alone in real life struggles. And that our weight is an outward reflection of our inward challenges. It should never be my focus. It should only be used to remind me to get back on track, keeping in line with all of the other positive goals I am trying to accomplish. Today I am grateful that my life is not about my weight. It is not about the number on the scale or the piece of birthday cake I ate today. It is about focusing on the glass being half full, accepting what comes, and persevering through the challenges to be better than I was yesterday. It is about accepting that WE are amazing people and that we have so much to offer this world.

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