Recently, I was chatting with a new friend about health, fitness and body positivity. Another day at the office, amirite?? We exchanged cringe worthy tales about the things we begrudgingly did in the past to try to drop weight or feel better about ourselves.
We ended up talking about is what happens when you reach your goals and lose that weight you've been wanting to loose or drop those last few sizes. All of a sudden you're a stranger to your own body. This is something that's not talked about enough.
It's assumed that when you drop the 10lbs or get to the size 4 or whatever it is that is your goal, you're *supposed* to be happy, pat yourself on the back and move on with your life. That's not always the case though. Anyone who has been through a drastic weight loss or transformation knows what it's like to be a stranger to their own body - but why don't more people talk about this?
Part of this, I think, is that expectation that you met your goal - so be happy and get over it. I think another component is that if you're not working on your internal fitness, reaching your external goals seems empty. Having abs or fitting in to those jeans you haven't worn since your glory days is all well and good - but it doesn't get to the root of your unhappiness - especially (if you're like me) and struggled with emotional eating.
Recovering from my binge eating disorder was a long and arduous process. I attempted to do so alone and in shame for longer than I'd like to admit. Even when I lost the weight I had gained, something was missing. I still felt deeply unhappy with myself, even though the outside package was what I "wanted." So what happened?? I ended up gaining the weight back and continuing to wallow around in unhappiness.
Ok - this does have a happy ending! What changed? When I sought support and started working my emotional fitness as much as my physical fitness. The synergy of doing this has made me more connected to myself, my purpose and my true mission along with the bells and whistles of having a toned and fit body. Not just that - I have surrounded myself with a community of amazing women and men who are likeminded. So the moral of the story is that you don't have to do it alone and you don't have to live in a strangers home - when you should feel peacefully at home in your God Pod. We only get one, so let's treat it right.