I saw a picture and post of a personal trainer who had her “before and after” picture.
The “before” picture showed her fit and very lean and cut (you could see the muscle definition all over).
The “after” picture showed her as still fit, but a little softer. Not as much definition.
She was beautiful in both. However, she was miserable in the “before” picture and much happier in the “after” photo.
I guess I’m sharing this because I think a lot of women believe they will be happier when they are super lean and cut.
The woman in the post said she was “fit and miserable” when she was really cut. It was ALL she thought about. Exercise and eating was all she did. There was nothing more.
PLUS, women who get super-lean can stop having their period, have hair loss, brittle nails, physically feel miserable…it’s not all it’s cracked up to be (side note: this doesn’t happen to all women).
I think there is a happy medium.
I consider myself “fit and regular”.
I’m not super lean or look like a model (obviously, I’m too short….haha!) but, I’m healthy, eat quality foods most of the time, exercise regularly and also regularly develop or try to improve my mindset and spiritual side, which I believe helps reduce the perception of stress.
So, what is “Fit and Regular”?
It’s up to you to decide, but if I were you, I’d think about these things:
1. How does your body feel? Do you have a lot of aches and pains or do you feel good when you move?
2. How does your mind feel? Depression, anxiety, foggy brain, memory loss/hard time remembering can be signs that your gut is not healthy.
3. How’s your blood pressure? Higher than 120/80? If you haven’t made lifestyle changes, start NOW.
4. What’s your body fat percentage? It doesn’t take much to be considered obese. 30% body fat puts you at elevated risk of Type II diabetes, cancers, heart disease and stroke. Some might find this offensive because, as I stated, it doesn’t take much to be obese, but these are the facts.
5.What is your waist circumference? Measure your waist at the navel. Women who have a measurement of over 35 inches are at greater risk for Type II diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Instead of having model-like expectations, work towards “Fit and Regular”. I think you’ll be happier 🙂