Losing Weight Is Only Part Of The Journey

Focus on HealthyDo you feel like once you lose the weight you will be able to declare yourself healthy?  I think sometimes the media bombards us with so much talk about how unhealthy it is to be overweight that we just naturally assume that once we have lost the weight, we will automatically be healthy.  I certainly believed this when I first started my journey and to be fair, losing weight has dramatically improved my health and allowed me to rid my body of several serious health issues.  That being said, I am learning along the way that achieving a healthy weight is not the only way in which to improve my overall health.

I started really giving this subject some thought today and I felt like it was one that I really should share with all of you.  When I look back on the days when I was carrying an extra 165 lbs. or so, I think about the amount of stress I was under and the amount of unhappiness I had in my life.  I had no spiritual life to speak of and I spent all of my time either caring for other people or investing countless hours in what turned out to be a dead-end job.  From time to time, people would tell me that in order to be truly happy; I needed to invest some time in taking care of myself.  Back then, that was the most selfish sounding concept I had ever heard of.  It took traveling down a very difficult path for me to learn that this advice really is true.  I am hoping that I can spare you the difficult trip I had to make and help you to see that taking care of yourself and your overall health are vital to your survival.

Take a long look at the amount of stress in your life and look for ways to eliminate as much of it as possible.  I realize that the reality for all of us is that there will always be a certain amount of stress in our lives that we must learn to deal with.  I encourage you to find healthy ways of coping with that stress.  I have found that exercise is a great stress reliever for me.  If someone had told me three years ago that exercise would relieve stress for me, I would have told them they were crazy.  Please, don’t just take my word for it; try it for yourself.

Stress Eating

When you’re on a mission to lose weight, it’s easy to only focus on the physical aspects but I have found that the mental aspects are just as important.  Make sure that you are continuing to challenge your mind.  Take the time to learn new things, do lots of reading, whatever interests you that will keep your mind sharp.

Finally, I have found that my spiritual health is extremely important.  Whatever your beliefs are, I think it’s very important to have a strong spiritual foundation in which you can truly ground yourself.  I draw a tremendous amount of strength from my spiritual life which serves me well not only in my weight loss but in all other areas of my life as well.

I can honestly say that I feel healthier and stronger than I have in a very long time and I attribute that feeling to taking care of my overall health.  I hope this has given you all some ideas of areas on which you can improve besides just losing weight; that’s only one part of your overall health.

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Comments

  1. thank you for this reminder, Kassie.

    When I started my Health blog, I intentionally named it “Bobby-C’s Health Journey.” I didn’t want it to be solely about weight loss for exactly the reasons you have here. My journey, like yours is one to become a healthier person, not just a lighter person.

    You are making me think this morning about the stress in my life. Where are the areas I could reduce or eliminate stress? As you know, we can’t eliminate it completely, but I can work to reduce it to a more sustainable level.

    • Stress was such a factor for me in gaining the weight to start with. For years I didn’t understand that I didn’t have to say “yes” to everything other people asked of me. You are right, we cannot eliminate all stress from our lives but we can be very careful about what we commit ourselves to.

  2. Fattie no more says:

    I 1000% agree with this. I also did a post similar to this I think a while back. I used to think I wanted to be skinny, but I now know it’s healthy and fit. I also want to be financially more responsible, improve my spiritual relationship with God, improve my friendships.

    It really becomes about so much more on this journey and I think that is the best part of it…overall health as you say. Thanks for the reminder…this is an excellent post:)

    • Thank you! I like that you mention financial responsibility as well as improving friendships. Two very important areas. Overall health is a big goal, but the best one I can think of to achieve for myself.

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