How do you go from wanting to be thin, to wanting to be fit?
I remember when I was tipping the scales at 300lbs my initial goal was to get to 180lbs…a size 12-14.
I wanted to be thin. Thin enough to not have to shop at Lane Bryant anymore.
I got there..and then I wanted more. I wanted to be in the 170s, 160s…the 150s?
I felt great..kinda..I was living off of Diet Coke and Popcorn. Actually to be totally honest it was an accomplishment to hit 168lbs on my birthday. But holy shit I was mentally drained and physically exhausted—hungry. This is what I wrote on my birthday:
It’s my birthday. I didn’t starve myself last night and/or go running last night or this morning to try and dehydrate myself. AND I WAS 168lbs this morning. That was my goal.
Then I gained 30lbs back. I just so DESPERATELY wanted to be at 168lbs again and my longing for that weight caused me to binge eat and go through some pretty major low points throughout 2009.
It’s so easy to think of losing weight..simply as that..wanting to be skinny. However, what struck me is that yeah I could restrict my food intake for the rest of my life…but I couldn’t run a 5km, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or complete a Triathlon. What struck me more is that after I workout I feel HEAPS better about myself then sitting through a meal trying to figure out how few points I could make it.
So..what does ‘Getting Fit, Not Thin!’ mean?
I Stopped Punishing Myself Nicole@GeekTurnedAthlete
I went through some tough struggles when I was in my early 20’s including getting down to 110 pounds with the help of diet pills. That was my goal even if it meant starving myself, working out for 3+ hours every single day with the only goal of burning calories, and lying to my family about the pills that I was taking. The mental shift finally came when started running in races. My goal of being thin did nothing for my running, and I knew that I needed to focus on fueling my body to get through my workouts and to improve my times. This is not to say that this mental change came on suddenly. I have finally gotten to a point in my life where I love my body. I don’t “punish” myself by skipping meals if I eat a particularly fatty or caloric meal. I am 15 pounds heavier than my pill popping days, but my body is so strong. The nice muscular frame is a side effect of my training, NOT my goal.
Focus on What My Body Can Do, Not How It Looks Angela@OhSheGlows
The only reason I ever used to exercise was to be thin. I didn’t really think about the health benefits or how the exercise was helping my mind, spirit, or insides. I only thought about how my body would look when I looked in the mirror. After I started learning about health and nutrition, my whole attitude changed. I started setting fitness goals and started to focus on what my body could do instead of how it looked. During this time, I also realized that I needed a lot of fuel to allow my body to do what it is capable of. There is no way I could have trained for a 10k, 10 miler, and 2 half marathons by starving myself or over-exercising. The body is capable of amazing things if we would only give it the love and care that it needs.
Fit is So Much More Than Thin Shannon@TheFabulousFatties
My goal is to be Fit, I left the idea of just being THIN a long time ago.Fit is Healthy, Thin is ThinFit is Strength, Thin is ThinFit is Radiance, Thin is ThinFit and Thin… is just a bonusFit is always FabulousThin..alone will always be just Thin
If I wasn’t going to introduce the concept of dieting to my five-year-old, then the only way to combat a weight problem is to get moving. He liked the idea of “Fit and Fun” before he even knew what it was about. My goal is to have a physical activity lasting at least one hour in which we both participate. Swimming, cycling, hiking, walking and playing in the park were some of my ideas.
Focused on What Really Mattered, Becoming A Machine Caitlin@HealthyTippingPoint
When I stopped focusing on “Getting Fit, Not Thin,” I stopped counting calories. After 8 months of meticulously logging my every bite of food in a Excel spreadsheet, I stopped caring whether or not my green beans had 50 or 60 calories in them. I started to care about how fast my mile splits where, how many push-ups I could do, and whether I felt energized by my workouts. “Gettin Fit, Not Thin” allowed me to focus what really matters – and I’m happier, healthier, and more balanced than I ever was before.
Thin is Superficial, Fitness is a Lifestyle Josie@YumYucky
If I am only thin. That is all I am. But what about strong, energetic, physically capable, and healthy on the inside? Thin is superficial, but Fitness is a lifestyle that gives back and leads to benefits beyond what “thin” has to offer. I choose to be Fit.
My Goal Is To Be Healthy Cynthia@ItAllChanges
When I was heavier I thought the goal was always to be thin like the models on TV and in magazines. But when I injured my back and spent a year working towards surgery I just wanted to be healthy. After surgery I just wanted to be able to get back to my love for running. I stopped worrying about the number on the scale and worried about what my body could do. Now I am at a happy goal weight I am by no means thin but I’m fit and can do things I never thought I could do pre or post surgery. My body is strong and is mine not some model on TV or in magazines. And that’s just fine by me.
To Use Every Ounce I Have Me
- Being proud of what I can push my body to do
- Loving the way my ass looks in jeans
- NEVER worrying about what number the scale has
- Learning to eat so I can excel when I exercise
- Enjoying the trim, toned, and fit appearance of my body
Your turn: What does ‘Getting Fit, Not Thin!’ mean to you? Have you switched from wanting to be thin, to wanting to be fit? Do you struggle?