Monday, April 10, 2017

Nothing But a Number

In this day and age, when people are worrying about their BMI, and weight, their age, and clothing size, we forget to live.

These items - the numbers - in our lives do not define us, nor should they really be given the attention we all pay to them.  For example, P!nk, recently released a photo of herself at the gym working out, indicating that by standard medical information, she would be considered obese.  Yep - me too!

I'm not in the shape she is in, however, I am healthy, and happy and love myself (well most days).  I stopped stepping on a scale a while ago, because it causes me stress and helps lead to bouts of depression in me.  I instead, go by how my clothing is fitting.  I am working on improving my health, by adding in additional nutrients and working to eat less processed sugars and carbs. 

How's this for reminding yourself that you can do anything you set you mind to?  This past week, I had the distinct pleasure of volunteering some time to help with the Master's Curling National competition.  It is a national competition for those who curl and are 60or older.  At the competition, a woman, arriving from New Brunswick with her team, came to play two games every other day at the age of 83.  A great feat in itself.  Even more so?  She had broken her arm before coming out and played the 11 games they had in 7 days with a casted break in her arm as well!  She was jovial, and laughing, truly soaking in the experience.  She curled well, and had a good record, finishing in the middle of the field of 16, in eighth place overall.  A great showing for her first National Competition in a while.  And at 83!

Shows that not only can you do anything you put your mind to, you can do it no matter your age! 

So, let's start today with changing the mental speak in your head.  Take that scale and use it for what it is meant - a way of tracking your progress on your goal.  Not something to define yourself by, or berat yourself with, or to allow to get into your head.  Heck - toss the sod out in the garbage and measure yourself by how loose your clothing is getting.  I have a pair of jeans that started as my skinny jeans, and haveno become my comfy jeans.  The only part that touches and is considered "skinny" are my calves at the point.  It is the only point on my body that fills out the jeans the way a "skinny" pair is meant to.  The rest?  I have to belt, because if not, I get the droopy draw thing in the butt and legs and the pants could literally fall off from that point.  A MUCH better way of measuring my progress these days.  I enjoy when I put on something I thought I didn't look good in, to find out that I do look good in it!

I do not care that I am of a certain age - having just celebrated a birthday.  I feel great!  I'm loving myself and my life again!  I laugh.  I cry.  I get angry and frustrated.  I can articulate these feelings in a constructive and meaningful way that helps others understand me clearly. 

It is as life should be.  I work each day to pay attention to my self-speak now.  And I'm teaching both myself and others how best to love me because I learn each day what that means and looks like for me. 

Weight ain't nothin' but a number!  Age ain't nuthin' but a numba too!  If you want to look better, go get it!  If you want to feel better, find things that make you happy and do them - repeatedly!  If you want to improve your health, make yourself a plan and go get that goal.  It doesn't matter how long it takes to get there. 

Take it from someone that took, in total, 15 years total to complete a degree and a diploma in post-secondary school.  From intake year, to graduation of my degree, it was 15 total years.  And feels a heck of a lot better than saying, I want to feel better, but not doing anything about it. 

So, today, I'm throwing most of the numbers out.  Today, I'm setting a goal for myself to fit into a clothing rack size 12 regular (not plus).  I have pieces of clothing I can not yet fit into, that will be fitting a little big by this date in 2018.  My goal is to be healthier, happier, and more fit than I am on this day.  I do not care about the scale number, because it is inches and muscles I'm toning and improving.

I'm going to be the best version of myself everyday for the next 365 days!  Incrementally better each day than the last.

1 comment:

  1. I am playing sports in the Huff n' Puff league now that I am retired (age 55+) and am amazed at the vibrant seniors I have come to know. Some are in their 80's but they sure don't look, or act, it. I go by the way my clothes fit as well, never get on a scale.

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