I have been thinking a lot lately about healthy living, or a healthy lifestyle, and what that entails. I honestly thought that I had it all figured out. I mean to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in right? Then when you get to your goal weight this way you just make sure you take in the same number of calories that you burn in order to maintain your weight. It all seems so simple. The problem is that there is WAY MORE to the equation than that.
I have been stuck somewhere around the 205 range (give or take a few pounds) for over a year now. For the life of me I have been wondering why that is… Now that I have really started looking into the whole healthy blogging community and all the wonderful blogs that are already out there being written by wonderful people who have already found their balance I realize what I have been doing wrong all this time.
My problem is simple….
I thought I was living a Healthy Lifestyle…
But what I have actually been doing is…
Yes that dreaded word. I made this realization when I started thinking back on all the things I have been doing.
- I have been restricting foods. Telling myself that I shouldn’t be eating this that or the other cause it is “bad for me”. BIG NO-NO!
- I have been exercising. I know this doesn’t sound bad but let me explain why it is. I have been exercising, not for the sheer joy of moving my body and building my strength but because I “have to” if I want to burn calories and lose weight. Totally wrong reason to work out!
- I have been living (and dying) based on the number on the scale. I feel disappointed when it is up and giddy with happiness when it is down. Do I want to live like that the rest of my life?
- I just have not been enjoying the process… How am I supposed to live a “healthy lifestyle” if the way I am living it makes me miserable?
So… In conclusion, I now know that I have to find a way to live a healthy lifestyle in such a way that I can be happy for the rest of my life living that way and still be able to lose the weight I need to lose to get “healthy” in the first place! In other words, I have to find my “balance” like so many of the wonderful women whose blogs I have been devouring online recently.