When I stopped paying attention

by JL Fields, Editor @ Stop Chasing Skinny on June 15, 2012

I was talking to a friend last night about my quest to stop chasing skinny.  I told her about some work/life changes and that I recently realized a major shift in my relationship with food and exercise.

I used to think I was someone who needed to eat five or six times a days (3 squares and snacks).  Turns out, I think I did that out of boredom.  My work-life has recently changed and my mind and heart are full of possibilities each time I sit down at my desk.  I sometimes have to remind myself to eat! Don’t worry, I’m eating (and how), as evidenced here.

I used to think of fitness as all or nothing.  I was either training for a marathon or a triathlon, or doing nothing.  Turns out, with no race plans in close sight (I am targeting a duathlon in the fall), I work out when I want to.  Because I want to.

So what happened with I stopped paying attention and simply lived my happy, healthy life?

  • I eat what I want, when I want.
  • I am not excessively exercising.
  • I noticed that my new curves look more powerful and I dress those curves in clothes that fit instead of forcing them into an “ideal” size.

I am fit. I am healthy.  I am not chasing skinny.

Have you ever stopped focusing or obsessing on the food or fitness and noticed a positive change?

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  • http://twitter.com/GFreeHappyTummy GlutenFreeHappyTummy

    what a beautiful post. thank you for your openness and honesty!

    • http://jlgoesvegan.com JL

      You are kind! Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dora.striemer Dora Striemer

    Thank you! You make me feel comfortable about myself and my body image. I too am an all or nothing person. I needed to read this today!

    • http://jlgoesvegan.com JL

      I’m so glad, Dora! We need to share our stories so that we realize we are not alone!

  • http://twitter.com/NewChristianBks New Christian Books

    Love this! Hey,
    your writing and topics remind me of a book I just read recently: My Big Bottom
    Blessing: How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life, by Teasi Cannon. She
    struggled with self-esteem and body image/weight issues, but has a marvelous
    story of how she came to real joy and self-acceptance. I think you’d like it.

  • Mbhg1980

    I noticed the same thing in my life when I stopped chasing skinny! I started focusing on valuing my body and wanting to be healthy above all else. I decided to make it a priority to plan meals, shop, and cook them. First I had to change some things with work and my stressful lifestyle, and I did. The result? I feel better, I think better, I live better, AND I happen to look better because when you eat healthy, you fill up on good stuff and have more energy to just take a walk instead of sitting in front of the TV. So I’ve lost 10 pounds, but I am also stronger, healthier, happier, and just more balanced. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!

    • http://jlgoesvegan.com JL

      Thank you for sharing YOUR story!

  • Mbhg1980

    Just want to add that I also have had to let go of perfectionism, which I think can feed into the all-or-nothing ideas. :)

    • http://jlgoesvegan.com JL

      I completely agree with you!

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