The Perfect Weight

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If you’ve followed my blog for an even semi-regular amount of time, you’ve seen my countless attempts to lose weight.

Changes in diet plans.

Different exercise routines.

Added gym equipment

The list goes on and on.

And it’s hard because in the whole time that I’ve had this blog, I’ve been in my healthy weight range. I haven’t been considered overweight. Know that I’m not bragging at all. I mention this because it makes people look at me differently. It makes them think that my reasons are flawed. I’ve been told I don’t need to join Weight Watchers. I don’t need to exercise. I don’t need to do all the things that I’m aching to do.

And it’s true. I don’t need to do them. But I want to.

I want to eat healthy, even if my weight doesn’t say that I need to. I want to lose ten pounds, even if I’m already in my goal weight range. I want to run and bike ride to tone up, even if I don’t look like I need to. I want to do all of these things because right now, I don’t feel like I’m the best me I could be. I’m not perfect, and I know I never will be, but I long for a sense of confidence in my body. I long for a sense of being content with my figure, my form, and my shape.

Do I believe that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels? Nope.

Do I love certain food too much to completely give it up? Yep.

Do I think I need to run myself ragged by working out to achieve that perfect body? Nope.

Do I think that there is more to life than counting calories and limiting myself from things I love? Yep.

But what I believe more than any of that is that there’s a perfect weight for everyone. A perfect weight that makes them feel alive and confident. One that makes them feel sexy or attractive. One that makes them comfortable with their clothing. One that doesn’t leave them shying away from mirrors. One that makes them know, inside and out, they’re worth it.

And that? That is what I’m going for.

Whether or not I’m in my healthy weight range or I don’t fit into the overweight category, I’m not happy. And I want to be. I want to have that perfect weight that reminds me that I’m worth it to myself.

So yesterday I started that journey, ignoring what has been said to me. I began the C25k journey again and felt amazing after I completed day one. I already knew I was making my way down the path that led to that perfect weight. It definitely helped that two girls joined in after hearing me talk about it on Twitter as well.

But I’m ready. I’m ready to find that perfect weight that makes me feel like I’m able to be the best me that I can be. Whether its 2 pounds or 10 pounds lighter, or maybe a toned stomach and/or toned thighs, I’m ready to find it and keep it.



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Comments

  1. Good for you! You do what you need to do to feel happy and love yourself! I say this as I am halfway through a package of nibs! lol. I've only gained about 17lbs from my average weight… and with only 6 weeks to go I think I'm allowed a few treats! :) xox

  2. It all comes back down to, no matter what your weight is, feeling strong and feeling good. Exercising regularly makes me feel more confident, not only in how I look, but in what I think I can do, and it's a huge release for so many frustrations, angers, and anxieties. Eating well is similar, I feel more energetic and awake, and it also makes me appreciate and enjoy the splurges more– because they are special, and I really taste them instead of just eating it.

  3. Sing it girl! You're so confident and amazing. I think everyone needs to exercise– even if you're underweight, healthy weight, obese. Exercise is so important for every function of the body!!!! :)

  4. I love this!!! I am 15 pounds from where I want to be, even though I have lost 68. I know I can do this. I love life so much more when I am healthy and fit and able to run after my kids instead of heaving.

  5. You must have been reading my mind! This has been weighing on me (pun intended lol) the last little while.
    I need the motivation of a challenge like this and 5k is totally reasonable! I'm in! I refuse to get on a scale becuase it will just upset me so if I can just take steps with the support of everyone you're pulling together here I think I can get my butt in gear :)
    I used to run 1/2 marathons and do triathlon but just lost all motiviation. IT'S TIME! :)

  6. I love this! We should always do things for us, and not let other's opinions sway us!
    You go, girl! :)

  7. Great post! Being healthy is what is important to me and how I feel. I feel phenomenal when I eat well and exercise. I think I might try a run tonight too :)

    Go Ashley!

  8. Jessica says:

    Ashley you never cease to maze me with your inspiring posts :)

    This whole paragraph blew me away, "But what I believe more than any of that is that there’s a perfect weight for everyone. A perfect weight that makes them feel alive and confident. One that makes them feel sexy or attractive. One that makes them comfortable with their clothing. One that doesn’t leave them shying away from mirrors. One that makes them know, inside and out, they’re worth it."

    Keep it up, girl :)

    xo

  9. love this! This is my favorite line, "One that makes them know, inside and out, they’re worth it." so true! I think scales and diets and all that can really be more of a low blow to self esteem than anything. And everyone is different and needs different things. As long as you feel comfortable in your own skin and love yourself, that is all that should matter. amen sister!

  10. I think you have an amazing way of writing down how you feel. I could not say it better. I am currently unhappy about my weight but have not done enough to change it. You just gave me some inspiration. I am seriously considering the C25k. Thank you for this post. Also I am posting your button on my blog!

  11. It is so hard to not listen to other people and just do what you know is best for you. But good for you for identifying what you want and need and going for it!

  12. Thanks for the link for the couch to 5k. That is just what I needed for inspiration to start running again. I did the first day's workout yesterday :)

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