Life Doesn’t Start at Your Goal Weight!

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When I lose all this extra weight, I’m going on vacation!

When I reach my goal weight, then I’ll try swing dancing.

I know I need new clothes, but I’m not buying any until I lose weight.

I’ll get back out there and start dating, but first I need to get back down to a size 10.

Do any of these ring a bell?  We had a discussion this week about putting life on hold until we reach a specific number on the scale or get back into a certain clothing size.  It made me sad that so many people were expressing this same plan of waiting to do things in life because they felt like their weight was holding them back.

Granted there may be some things that aren’t possible at the moment due to our current health/weight status, like running a marathon if you haven’t been training.  However that should not limit us from doing the things that ARE possible.  Punishing ourselves by not buying clothes that fit, refusing to treat ourselves to vacations, or avoiding social situations may actually prevent us from achieving our health and weight loss goals.

Depriving yourself of these simple pleasures could create a situation where food is our only source of pleasure or it could trigger eating out of frustration or negative body image.

Is there anything you’ve been putting on hold until you’ve lost weight?  Is it possible that you could do this now rather than waiting for life to start at your goal weight?

5 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Great post! This is actually one of the things I am working on this year. To not use my weight as an excuse to not LIVE my life. Yes, there are certain things I shouldn’t do, like go run a marathon, but there are a whole lot more that I can do!
    .-= Julie – Big Girl Bombshell’s last blog post..Where Do I Start? =-.

  • rachel says:

    Wow. This is wonderful. I do struggle with rewarding myself for success versus going ahead and living the life I want to live. Thanks so much for this excellent food for thought.

  • Cindy says:

    I really needed to hear this. I didn’t realize how much I’ve put on hold waiting for “when I lose weight”. I’m a bit emotional right now.
    .-= Cindy’s last blog post..How Much Exercise Do You Really Need? =-.

  • Thanks for this great post! I always seem to think that I can finally do the things I want to when I lose that weight. Why not start now? Life is too short not to enjoy it, at any size. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Robyn says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I hope the post served as a reminder to make the most of life now. It sounds like many of you are planning to do exactly that, or are doing so already. That makes me happy.

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