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Are my reasons superficial?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Today I began to wonder why I wanted to lose weight and all the reasons that I had often stop me dead in my track and I fall back into the same nasty routine of eating poorly. This journey is not easy. Everyday is a new struggle and a new temptation but why do I want to lose weight? Just to be healthy, going on a dream vacation, looking good in a swimming suit, all seem not to be enough. So why do I want this?! Any reason I come up with does not propel me forward long enough to keep the healthy habits.
So are my reason truly superficial because when I look in a magazine I see a body that is unattainable and wish just a little that I had her abs/butt. So why do I want to lose weight?! One thing that is hard to admit, at least publically, is that getting to healthy doesn’t change over night and all those terrible habits you have won’t go away in the blink of an eye, but you can work on it daily (got that, self). But coming up with the reasons why I want to be healthy is tough. Sounds weird, right? But when I think about my whys it is always something superficial. But the harder I struggle the more I realize I need to do this for me and not some superficial standard that I have placed in front of me (oh the conflicting emotions inside of me). That bar is too high and I need one that is at the perfect height for me. I want to be a healthier version of me not one that compares her self to others and dies inside (just a little) when I don’t meet the standards of someone else’s beauty. I need to do this regardless of how superficial my reasons are, so onward and upward to all my superficial, getting to healthy reason I may have. It is my journey after all and as I said, this journey is not easy but it may have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. END RANT
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    It's natural to care about our appearance. Why do women (and some men) wear makeup? Why do women shave their legs and underarms, men (and some women) their faces? Why does anyone dye their hair or for that matter even bother to comb it? Why wear deodorant? None of those things is necessary to our health and can even adversely affect it. If wanting to look better is the primary reason for weight loss and you go about it in a healthy(!) way, that's okay. Improved health is a great side effect. As you said, onward and upward emoticon The reason doesn't matter.

    BTW, SparkChantal is spot on re the dream factory. My husband's a photographer who's worked on films and had photos published in magazines. He once said about a famous actress, "She looks a LOT different without makeup." What the makeup doesn't do, PhotoShop does. I imagine their breath smells just as bad in the morning as mine does too.

    2549 days ago
    nothing superficial about good health!

    and you want to look like a magazine model? then hop into a computer, turn on the program they use to touch up photos, and touch up your 'imperfections'.
    it's all a dream factory, don't forget.
    2550 days ago
    We have the ability to pick and choose so why not pick the healthy route to happiness? emoticon
    2550 days ago
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