I received an uneducated and judgmental comment on my post last night. The person that posted it deleted it minutes later. I’m assuming she posted before she actually read what I wrote. I was told “enough is enough” and “please don’t lose more weight” and that “it is possible to go overboard with working out.”
First, she’s right. It is possible to go overboard with working out. However, what she doesn’t realize is how much you actually have to workout to reach that point and the signs of overdoing it. I don’t feel exhausted. I’m not constantly aching. My immune system isn’t low. My sleeping habits are normal and consistent. I’m not gaining fat. I certainly don’t have a loss of appetite. Etc. etc. I’m not perfect. I have a hard time listening to my body at times, but I’ve gotten better and know when to take an extra rest day. I’m constantly learning and listening to my body. It takes time and it’s always changing. I do NOT push myself further than what is recommended. If I was pushing myself too hard my coaches would be the first ones to say something.
Second, I surround myself with professionals (doctors, dietitians, coaches, athletes) who are WELL educated on the recommended weight for my body, my height, my age, etc. I don’t just lose weight for fun. Yes, I have a few more pounds I’m working towards dropping and then that’s it. It’s all about maintenance. It’s all about building muscle. It’s all about lowering my body fat percentage. Losing weight is damn hard. It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do. It’s the hardest commitment and longest I’ve ever made. I don’t just make random goals to lose 6 pounds there and 2 pounds here for a good time. It’s about my health and my future.
Third, enough is NOT enough. This is my life. This is how I choose to live it. This is what I choose to talk about and share. This is what is important to me. This is who I am. This is what I read about and study and practice. This is second nature to me. I share because I am proud. I share to inspire. I share to motivate. I share to encourage. If for even a second you are bothered by me or my story or feel the need to share your insecure and uneducated comments let me introduce you to the unfollow button. It’s this magical button we all have at the top of our profile that will in-fact make my posts disappear from your feed. I’d also like to point out that the unfriend button is located right before it and you are more than welcome to push it.
Lastly, for the first time in my life, I look in the mirror at myself and I love what I see. Yes, I see imperfections, but they aren’t screaming back at me. I see an hourglass figure I’ve never seen before. I see a waist I love. I see toned shoulders that bring me joy. I see a girl who doesn’t think twice about posting a post-workout selfie that includes a blotchy face, no makeup and gym hair. I see legs I’m planning on putting in shorts next summer for the first time since I was 12 years old. I see the confidence and hard work. I see HEALTH. I see LOVE.
I have many hobbies and interests in life. I have so many things I love and things I surround myself with. My weight is the LEAST interesting thing about me. I am more than just this journey, but this journey is also a huge part of who I am. If you truly believe this is all I have to offer and all I am interested in than you are very ignorant of who I am and are not needed in my life.