It’s a question I grapple with when I speak to my own reflection. And yes, I do speak to myself. I haven’t had my BMI tested in quite some time, so from a medical standpoint, I don’t know if I need to lose weight.
But if we’re honest, women have been less concerned about the medical commentary no matter what end of the spectrum we fall. The desire to lose weight, maintain weight loss or be complacent when it comes to the scale rarely pertains to our BMI.
How we emotionally feel about the way to look or physically feel in our own skin is really the crux of this question. And sometimes it is also the cause of the weight gain.
From the outside looking in, I am content with how I look. From the inside out, I feel a little more bloated in how I feel in my body. And from the inside, I am a bigger mess than is reflected on my dress size.
And this is what makes this question so deceptive. And dangerous. And judgmental.
It’s far easier for us to look around at the waistline of others and decide what they need or think we know what they are doing wrong than it is for us to examine our own inner self and assess our own needs.
Currently, I am having a resurgence of hormonal imbalance issues. Last time I detoxed from sugar and did a strict nutritional cleanse with consistent use of herbal products, I was able to reset my body and achieve balance. At the same time, visceral fat melted away.
Would I love to lose 10 pounds? Sure. But mostly I want to lose weight as a reflection of the work I’ve done on the inside — discipline and nutrition that leads to healthy balance and feeling the best in my skin.
If I do the work and don’t lose 10 pounds but feel incredible, I can honestly say I will be content in my skin. Again, if we are honest, we must put the number on the scale in a context that doesn’t reflect the outer person but the inner one.
Are there real risks and scary health issues associated with weight? Of course. But thinking there is a body size that lowers risk anymore than there’s an ideal female form is misleading.
As a woman, it’s a relief for me to know that what I see when I look in the mirror is only a very small picture of my overall health. Though somedays it’s a burden, too. Skinny is NOT healthy. I can choose to let go and love my reflection more deeply daily when my focus is on the inside me.
Do you need to lose weight? Many of you replied last month that you want help with that and I would LOVE to help you. And maybe you do need the weight loss. Maybe your doctor said to lose weight. Maybe your doctor is right. But maybe not. Either way, I still want to help because the journey isn’t just about weight.
Do you want to work on the inside issues that may or may not be related to your weight? Those are harder to tackle but have much more far-reaching consequences on your life.
Whatever your reason and no matter your motivation, I am here to offer you some real tools for helping. I absolutely love coming alongside people who are ready to change! Call or text me 217.801-7464 to schedule a time to talk about your goals and how I can connect you with resources that can work to help you reach them!