The beginning of every new year goes hand in hand with new year’s resolutions, detoxes, and weight loss goals. For many individuals the new year becomes a great kick start to a healthier living by losing weight, but not for me. This year I plan on not losing the weight I just gained over the holiday season but instead maintaining it and here is why….
For my height a healthy body mass index (BMI) is between 18 and 24. This translates to a healthy weight range of 105 to 140 lbs. This last summer I lost weight, starting at 130’ish some odd pounds and ending at 119. This fall and up to the posting date of this article I have slowly and successfully gained all that weight back to a grand total of 135 lbs. It seemed ironic, while many are trying to lose weight I was trying to gain it.
Although I was at a “healthy” weight according to the BMI chart, I was not at a healthy weight for my body. At 120 lbs: I was thin, no hips or curves, low hormone levels, low thyroid levels, tired all the time, cold, and no menstruation cycle. At my sweet spot for weight, 135 lbs: I have my period (Yay! I feel like a woman again!), curvy, balanced hormone levels, abundance of energy, I am no longer as cold as I used to be, and I am eating many more carbs and fats than I used to.
For a long time I have struggled with eating disorder and body image both of which I have become triumphant over. A year ago, I was at the same weight I am now, but I was insecure about how I looked and not comfortable in my own skin. Today, I have a different outlook and have learned that the scale is doesn’t rule, I do and I rock every second of it with confidence. I have learned that in order to love your body you have to accept it first. I had to accept where I was at, that the weight I am at is the sweet spot for my body to run properly and to be the most healthy despite what the world tells me….the lie that thin/skinny=healthy.
The truth is, is that what healthy looks like for each person is different and each person has an optimum weight that they function the best. At the end of the day the scale is only a machine producing a number that cannot measure beauty, grace, kindness, love, joy, power, courage, in the kick-ass person who stands on it. It is not a measure of worth or value or how much you are loved.
Reaching my goal of getting my period back with my hormones in balance is why I gained weight and am not jumping on the weight loss bandwagon to lose it in 2017. I am perfectly content and happy where I am…confident and courageous in my own skin. I am proud of myself and what I have accomplishment and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.