It’s Not Worth it to Weigh 5 lbs. Less

My friend Sarah posted this image to her IG story and it really struck a chord with me.

IMG_4831Here’s the deal.  I can look really good (in my opinion 😉 ), be very lean, and have my abs showing at about 125 lbs.  HOWEVER it is really hard for me to sustain that low weight.  It’s not unhealthy by any means, but in order to look like that I have to basically be hitting my macros 100% of the time, have no cheat meals, and be very strict.  And it is hard to live like that and enjoy your life and spontaneity.

It was easier for me to maintain when Stu was living in Connecticut and I didn’t go on date nights and spent more time cooking at home.  But you know what?  When I am not as strict, but still living a healthy lifestyle and also enjoying those fun moments, I hover around 132 lbs.  And you know what else?  I’ve decided that is okay!

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Weight lost so far: 1.4 lbs.
Waist inches lost so far: 0.6″

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Five weeks into mini-cut – lost  1.4 lbs. net and 0.6″ off my waist

Yes, I could work super hard and be super dedicated and strict and hold only that 125 lb. figure but I decided it’s just not worth missing out on 5% of my life to way 5 lbs. less.

That’s why I’ve decided to end this mini-cut and experiment with intuitive eating.  You can read more about why here.

There is nothing better than looking and feeling amazing, but remember why you are doing this in the first place.  What is it worth to you?  What is it worth giving up or missing out on?  Living a realistic lifestyle is way more important to me than striving for a lower number on the scale, and I hope it is for you too!

6 comments

  1. I love this. I think so many people get lost in hitting their macros and reaching their goal and forget to actually live in the moment and enjoy life. This really resonates with me. Thanks for the share. Happy for you!

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    • I 100% agree! And to be totally honest, I noticed that was happening to me. When my fiance would suggest a meal out for that day and I had already planned my macros I would hesitate. Why should we hesitate JUST because we want to hit our macros! Totally not worth it to me. I’ve decided if something comes up and the only reason I doubt going is because of food planning – that’s not cool! Have a great day!

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  2. I can relate so much to this! It is something I struggle with. I am comfortable at 135 but would love to see that 125 number on the scale, but feel like I would have to make drastic changes to do so. I have been looking into the idea of changing my body’s set point and how to do so, but then I also wonder if I could ever just accept my body at 135. I’m def not there yet, but thanks for sharing your perspective!

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    • I feel like we are the same girl! I struggle with the same dilemma and have to remind myself what I care about more. Is it weighing less (even just 5-10 lbs.)? Or is it being able to indulge a little bit and not be so restrictive? And I think your answer can vary based on where you are in life also! For example, I might be more strict at the beginning of the year because I am getting married in May, but then might ease up again next summer because I won’t have to walk down an aisle in front of so many people :).

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