When I started my weight loss journey three years ago, my stated goal wasn’t to reach a particular weight but “to be healthy.” What does “to be healthy” even mean? I interpreted it to mean I wanted to be at a healthy weight for my height and age group. And I still do. But, here I am stuck at a certain weight again, I am looking more and more to my non-scale victories to keep me motivated. Usually, this revolves around clothing sizes and clothing fit.
On Sunday, I tried on a size 14 dress pant from Ann Taylor… and it fit. I was beaming ear to ear, and I called my mom right away to share the good news. I have officially reached the promise land of pant sizes! Size 16s are hit and miss in many stores in DC, but 14s are always abound. So I was pleased with myself and my progress on my “healthy” goal.
But I think I have an even bigger indicator of my health than just weight or clothing size- my fitness level. As I was biking home (love, love, love my CaBi membership) from my early morning running
group, I realized that every day I am working out I am achieving my weight loss goal of being healthy.
Three years ago it took me 25 minutes to walk a mile on the treadmill; I was drenched in sweat and sore for two days – from walking.
I can run a 10:30 minute mile pace for a 5K, and longer.
I purchased a bike and without previous distance riding experience, I rode 10 miles.
I can make it through an intense 60 minute anger management class (kickboxing) feeling great.
I can hop in a pool and crank out a 45 minute swim session.
I have 5Ks, 10-milers, and triathlons on my calendar this year.
I have a strong network of family and friends who support me – whether it’s by working out with me, entering races with me, helping at my races, or encouraging me to keep on keeping on.
When I told someone I was training for a triathlon, I was not given a weary sideways glance. I look and sound like an athlete. I am an athlete. If that doesn’t fit the description of my weight loss goal of being healthy, I don’t know what does!
What does “being healthy” mean to you?