Monday, March 8, 2010
We all know how much sizes vary from store to store and even brands with in one store! (I wear 2 different sizes at Target alone!) And while I have been excited to fit into one particular size and a little bummed when that number went up, it is all relative! The SHAPE of our bodies can change and transform while the number on our scale stays static and you can be healthy without being a certain size or weight.
I know a lot of people out there don't gauge their health and weight by a scale or a size, but I understand what it's like to be on a weight loss journey, where your world revolved around numbers! Weekly weigh in's, tracking food points, ounces of water, watching your pants size go down, they can all be great ways to watch yourself get closer and closer to your goal.
Sheryl over at Bitch Cakes wrote a great blog about size recently. She talks about the number of sizes she has lost within Banana Republic clothing, not to achieve a certain size, but to KNOW how many sizes she has gone down. After all, you can be an 8 in one store and a 6 in another, but to know you went down 6 sizes is a great accomplishment and can help motivate you.
SO WHAT TRULY MATTERS?
Whether your a scale watcher, a point counter or you just watch what you eat when your starting to "feel" sluggish or a little heavier than your norm, what matters is being healthy. If your goal is weight loss or just to feel better and have more energy, there are a few guidelines to follow so you are the most successful!
Set a realistic goals: Losing up to 2 lbs per week is safe. Slow and steady wins the race, besides, the over all goal is health and wellness, you can get there with more sticking power if you do it the right way! It is safe to reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories, but speak with a nutritionist or weight loss counselor to find your fit.
Use resistance training to change your body: When you lift weights, or perform body weight exercises (push-ups etc), you will build lean muscle at the same time as losing weight. IF you lose weight with out strengthening, you run the risk of losing lean muscle mass which you need! Not only will your body shape change & gain lean muscle but you will strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis. It's planning for your future, like a 401K for your health!
Eat for your health- eat the RIGHT way: Cutting calories is the best way along with exercise to lose weight, but cut the right calories out. Toss the boxed, processed, pre made junk out the door and focus on natural foods: fruits, veggies, beans, meat and grains. With portion control and the right foods, you will lose weight and give your body the fuel it needs.
Add Exercise to your daily activity- Most Americans don't get the minimum recommended daily exercise amount in their busy schedules! But exercise is the best way, along with healthy eating to shed pounds. Even better are the other health benefits: healthy heart and lungs, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and preventing diseases! Shedding pounds from exercise is only one of the benefits.
These are all LIFELONG things that we need to do! Eating right, being active and building strong bones are things we will do long after we are at our goal weight, long after we stop thinking about the scale (for those of you not here yet, yes, it does happen!!). But it is a practice to cultivate like any habit.
I still think about size and weight, just the other day, I went to slip on a pair of jeans and thanks to the creative sizing of womens clothing, I wondered which "size" pair I had grabbed from my closet...so I looked at the tag and saw:
One Size fit's healthy:
I laughed out loud and slipped them on, knowing it didn't matter if it was one size or the other, what mattered was that I was being healthy and they fit. It was a great lesson for me in the truth of what really matters! In case you don't know what the Size Healthy movement is, you can read more about it at the original post here on Angela's Blog, Oh She Glows.
I took a sharpie to some shirts then too, just for fun and because it makes me feel good when I see the new "size"on them.
How do you feel about the clothing size?
Do you use a scale or do you go by how you feel and how your clothes fit?