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3 Steps On How To Stop Letting Your Weight Define You

So if you’re reading this, there’s a chance that you have or have had an unhealthy relationship with your body image. I’m here to tell you, GIRL ME TOO.

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in how the world views us. For a lot of us, it has gotten to the point where we define who we are based on our physical appearance.

We think “I need to lose weight to find a husband”, “I can’t wear that crop top until I lose 5 more pounds”, “I’m not sexy because I don’t have curves”. We stop doing things we would naturally want to do based on what other people’s opinion of us might be. Let me tell you something. WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. You are not fat. You have fat. And guess what? We all need fat to exist.

This time of the year is generally my least favorite in terms of social media marketing for the “drop 15lbs in just 3 weeks!” schemes. While these programs may provide some instant gratification, it’s not actually fixing anything. In fact, these companies are profiting off of your insecurities.

If any of you know my story, I used to be underweight. I had a BMI of 17. I ate only 800 calories a day, I ran 3 miles daily and went to karate classes 4 days a week. I got to the point where there was genuine concern for my health. I got so jaundiced that people regularly commented on the pigment of my skin. One day, I tried to get out of bed and I genuinely couldn’t do it because I almost fainted from the exhaustion. I cared so much of what people thought of me, that I let it seriously affect my health.

It’s not that extreme for everyone. For some it is more extreme, but waking up that day made me realize that significant changes needed to be made and they needed to be made immediately. I started eating meat again, I stopped counting my calories, and I stopped running. This was 10 years ago. I’ve learned a lot since then and I want to share with you a few things that have changed my life.

I’ve said it before, I will say it always. You are not your body. Your body is a vessel given to you by God to carry out your purpose here on earth. Remind yourself of this daily. Whether you believe in God or not doesn’t matter. You need to understand that you’re purpose goes beyond what you look like.

Okay so now that you understand that. Here are the 3 main steps that helped me overcome the thought that my weight defined who I was.

Step 1: Throw away your scale. This is the most important step. To realize that you are more than your weight, you need to stop the habit of constantly weighing yourself. I don’t care what you weigh or what your goals are, get rid of your scale. There are other ways to know if you’re hitting your goals or not.

Step 2: Workout. Wait. Is that contradictory to my entire post? NO. Part of the reason you have become obsessed with your weight (losing or gaining) is because you are insecure (Captain Obvious here). This insecurity comes from not being able to battle the negative self talk with facts. When you workout 3 times a week for 30mins each day, you have actuals facts to back up how well you’re doing and that you are actively working on whatever your goal is. Oh yeah, and let’s also take a break to discuss your goals really quick. Your goals should not be based on other people and they should not be to fit into what is considered socially acceptable for a bikini. Screw that. Your goals should be to be healthy. That is it.

Step 3: Have an eating plan that includes plenty of healthy foods….but also some junk food. When you find yourself constantly riding the rollercoaster of weight loss versus weight gain, it’s because you’re restricting yourself too much. This restriction causes the never ending cycle that is restricting then binging. Restriction is not sustainable! If you can honestly look me in the eye without blinking and tell me that you will never buy a snickers bar or a bag of Lays chips again, then…..well…YOU’RE LYING TO MY FACE. You’re eating plan should consist of 80% healthy, unprocessed foods and 20% of whatever the hell you want. If you eat 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, that’s 21 meals. That means 17 meals need to be healthy and include plenty of macro and micro nutrients, and 4 of them can be literally anything. My favorite go to? Nachos and/or chicken tenders. I stand by choosing chicken tenders. Yes, I am 27 years old.

I understand these are broad, but I’m willing to go more into detail based on your specific needs. If you want to know what is best to eat and what workouts you should do based on your goals, I can help with that too. Send me a DM on my Instagram, fit.asamother and I’d more than love to answer your questions.

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How Anxiety Makes Me Feel Like I Always Have to Be the Best.

I have been in a constant state of self reflection lately. New experiences and new levels of relationships often test you in ways you didn’t realize were necessary. I am writing this in hopes that nobody can relate, but realistically knowing that a lot of you will.

On the outside, I seem like a very put together person. I have a husband/partner of 8 years, a 1yr old daughter, we own our home, and both have good jobs. I always did well in school. I made the Dean’s List in college, I always made A’s in my classes. I have always excelled at any job I wanted to. I’ve been able to do these things because of anxiety.

In my mind, I am incapable of failure. Anything less is simply unacceptable. It’s to the point where I refuse to participate in things that I think I will not be good at. When I see a problem at work, I spend hours playing with all possible solutions and scenarios until I come up with the right one.

Nobody is surprised when I succeed. Actually, I would say that people expect it.

You may ask why I’m implying that anxiety is negative. After all, it drove me to success in all areas of my life.

My mind doesn’t stop. It is exhausting. My husband gave an example a few days ago: “You’re always analyzing. I can touch your hand, and you’re wondering why I did that at that moment.” So accurate.

I have tried to downplay anxiety’s role in my life, but not acknowledging it has actually caused it to grow. I second guess every decision I make. I question my own character. In the name of complete transparency, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve told myself “I hate who you are” in the past few months.

Lately, I have wanted so badly to get out of this mindset. I want to just not care about anything FOR ONCE. I want to not feel an incessant desire to always be perfect. I actually would love to just completely screw up and not care. I want to sleep until noon, I want to not care about my exercise routine, or how I eat. I would love to be late to something and not have my heart racing the whole way there.

What’s more annoying is that I realize it when it’s happening. I can rationalize with myself and tell myself that how I’m feeling is unnecessary, but all it does is cause another mental battle. Problems go unresolved and if I’m not thinking about them, I’m dreaming about them.

I say all of this because I am slowly realizing a few things.

1). I probably need to seek professional help.

2). I need to remind myself more often that it is OKAY to not be everything to everyone.

3). I need to be kinder to myself. We are what our thoughts are and I’m not always good at being positive.

4). I need to rely on the people I trust. I keep so much to myself and it’s unhealthy.

This year I am choosing to grow. I need to stop thinking that I have to be self reliant. I refuse to hold myself back and I insist that I find balance.

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National Coffee Day’s Finest Contributor

Some of you have heard me say this, but I am a major coffee snob. I absolutely refuse to drink coffee from gas stations, hotels, McDonald’s… you see my point.

Not only am I a snob, I’m hopelessly addicted. Like…drink at least 3 cups a day and get a headache by 9am if I skip that first cup. It’s not just that though, it calms me.

My coffee addiction came at a young age. My dad started a tradition as long ago as I can remember to take me to get coffee on weekends (I started with orange juice to ease into it of course). Even after I was much older and moved out, he has always made time to do this. Sometimes it’s just quick catch up sessions, and other times it’s like $200 an hour therapy. I have a great dad, guys.

Anyway, I’m addicted. I’ve been getting by with Green Mountain Coffee….and by getting by, I mean have it on autoship from Amazon, but anyway, I found this new brand the other day and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

It’s called http://coffeeovercardio.com. And you guys, the things I would give to have thought of this myself would blow your minds. This brand is all about “boss babes focused on self growth, business, and booty growth”…..aka THE DREAM.

It sounded too good to be true, but I ordered it anyway and I was not disappointed. This coffee is like nothing I have ever tasted. It’s smooth, full of body, aromatic….everything you want in a coffee. Did I mention they have an organic option? This coffee is the whole package.

After buying all 4 flavors, my favorite is Flourish. It’s an organic, medium blend, and roasted to order so that it stays fresh. It’s the perfect morning coffee to get your day started. This is NOT the coffee that you have to add 5 splenda and 6 creams to just so it doesn’t taste like water.

I want to say that I am absolutely not being paid in any way to talk to you guys about this coffee. I just love the message and the product. I did, however, become a “Barista Babe”. What does that mean? You get to use code 10fitasamother to get a discount on your purchase. Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments! You won’t be sorry.