Healthy Happy Place

Jeans — ugh. If we were playing word association I think many of us would say constricting, tight, the devil, I hate them.

We now live in a world where stretchy pants are the norm and jeans are a rarity (for women). We have come to embrace our yoga pants who will always fit us and love us no matter what we ate that day. The expandable waist band feels comforting and nonjudgemental against our skin.   But I would like to take a step back and just think about pants for a second (sounds strange, but bear with me).

If we are spending the majority of our daily lives in pants that will expand and contract along with our bodies, how will we know if we have put on a few pounds or lost them? I don’t want you to think that I am against yoga pants because I, quite frankly, have lived in them to them point where they are one with my skin. I absolutely believe there is a time and place to wear them and I love them with all of my heart. This week, I gave myself a new challenge that was a little scary: To wear real pants three times a week. “Why would I do this? I can move so freely in yoga pants and the thought of jeans is suffocating me… I don’t think I can do it,” I thought to myself. Well, here I am, sitting in my real pants at the end of the week and I have come to a realization — they are not as bad as I thought.

We have all heard it before, the best way to gauge your weight is by how well your jeans are fitting. I would have to agree. If you are happy with the size you are, you will want your pants to fit well all of the time. If you happen to fall off the wagon and then put your jeans on, you can tell a difference in the way they fit. I think its safe to say that we have all experienced love/hate situations with jeans. This week, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my jeans fit really well. They fit so well that I was proud of myself and I could even call them comfortable. Can you believe it? I still can’t. I’m using this small victory as reinforcement that the way I have been eating and exercising in the past two months has been paying off. Little victories like this is what motivates me to keep going. Now I challenged myself to do this for a few reasons: I felt like I was wearing the same thing every day (boring), I wanted to see how a few pairs of my jeans were fitting, and I wanted to see if I could actually last all day in them. I’m happy to say that I completed my goal and I intend to continue doing it.

I do not like to weigh myself because I will not reduce myself to a number. I know that a person’s weight can fluctuate based on a multitude of things, so I try to stay away from the scale to protect my sanity. Seeing a number that is less than pleasant can be completely detrimental to our self confidence and attitude towards ourselves. It can manipulate us into looking at ourselves differently, in a more negative way than we did 5 minutes prior to hopping on the scale. I do not like that. I do not welcome that. Health is so much more than a number. Muscle is heavier than fat. We retain water at certain times of the month. Tests that measure body composition are much more accurate in terms of someone’s health.

So, what’s my point? I want to encourage the yoga pants lovers to branch out and put on some real pants. I want remind the scale-users that you are not a number. You are a person and you are beautiful.

I hope that this can inspire you to think about one thing, what is your healthy happy place? For me, its staying on track and eating healthy but also treating myself to foods that I love every once in a while. Its being consistent with my workouts and pushing myself everyday. Its fitting into the clothes that I love to wear. It basically comes down to me feeling confident about myself. That is my healthy happy place.

Love yourself for who you are today, who you were yesterday, and who you will be tomorrow. Great things can be done when you surround yourself with good vibes. Believing in yourself is so incredibly powerful.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are all in harmony.” – Ghandi

With so much love,

Hailey


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