Fit Tip Tuesday: Discovering Your Happy Weight
With my job, I work with people every day seeking to find the right exercise and nutrition plan for them. One of the first questions I ask is, “What are your goals?”
Sometimes, people are spot on with what they need to do to reach optimal health. Other times, they have completely unrealistic expectations for what their goals should be.
For example – A woman who is 5’10” thinking she should weigh 115 pounds? Only if she’s a cartoon named Olive Oyl.
Everyone’s healthy weight (or happy weight, as I like to call it) is as unique as the individual.
It’s not about being a size 2. It’s about being a size YOU.
So, how can you discover your happy weight? There are two key factors:
Factor #1 – Your happy weight is what your body will naturally reach when you are eating healthy and exercising regularly.
Notice I didn’t say eating perfectly and workout out obsessively. But if you are living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, your happy weight will be easy to maintain. This simple principle is the main reason I refer to it as your happy weight.
Working out and eating healthy are an important part of life, but they do not make up a life on their own.
Factor #2 – You will feel healthy and have energy.
Pushing yourself too hard at the gym or depriving your body of calories it needs results in exhaustion. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the same is true: Stuffing your body with junk and being inactive robs your body of energy.
So don’t get hung up on the scale or what number you wish was written on the tag of your jeans. Continuously make healthy decisions, and results will follow.
Michelle Myers is married to James and two amazing sons, Noah (almost 3) and Cole (born Dec. 2013). Her top priorities are her faith in Jesus Christ, her incredible family, and her commitment to a balanced lifestyle of fitness and proper nutrition. She struggled with anorexia and obsessive over-excercise for four years, but was brought out of her addiction and restored to health through a real relationship with God and an understanding of His plan for her life. Because of how poorly she treated her body in the past, she is amazed every day that her job is now helping others get healthy the right way. You can read about her journey in her book, The Look that Kills: An Anorexic’s Addiction to Control. In 2010, Michelle gradutated with a Masters of Arts in Christian Education (Women’s Ministry Concentration) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Learn more at Myers Cross Training or follow Michelle on Twitter (@MichelleLMyers).