Stop Exercising to Lose Weight

I have mentioned this before, probably a few times, so forgive me for beating a dead horse, but I remember my husband once telling me that weight loss was not a good goal.  I thought he was crazy.  I mean what goal could be loftier than fitting into my little black dress?  I rebuffed his crazy comments and went on dancing to the oldies in the living room.  You know what?  I never lost an ounce.  I gave up.  I grew sick of the disappointment of dieting all week, exercising and seeing little results and still too much peeking out of my jeans.

Exercising is healthy.  Yo-Yo dieting is not.  The mindset that you diet and exercise to lose weight only is a sure fire way to fail.  We are a society obsessed with thin.  That obsession has caused many to lose weight at any cost.  When they grow tired of a routine, miss a few days, or don’t lose an expected amount of weight, they grow depressed and stop all positive steps due to only thinking thin and not health. We need to make improvements to our overall health.  Exercise can benefit your mood, stamina, sleep patterns, and overall health.  Weight loss is a by product of a healthy and active lifestyle.

On the real side…I hate that.  I really do.  I want results.  I want to see that my sacrifice of not eating cheesecake means more than a good report at the doctor’s office.  My mind knows health is the only focus but my vanity and self esteem want the results and want them fast.  But having been down this road many times in the past few years….exercising and dieting just to fit into a little black dress will never work.  The goal is not reward enough.  After all, they make big black dresses that are pretty cute.

Think healthy…think active…thin may play hard to get but feeling good can happen in any size.  Stay focused!