When I started blogging, I wrote a post about my (relatively) recent weight-loss success. I didn’t say how I lost the weight, and I’m not going to. All I’ll say is that some fad diets actually work, depending upon the way they’re used and why. And while I’m a big fan of using exercise to combat weight gain, my hips (which feel like they’re 30 years older than the rest of me) sometimes prevent me from being as physically active as I’d like. Also, I can be lazy with regard to fitness. So my focus was on food.

I’ve kept the weight off, mostly, for about 6 months now with relative ease and while eating normally, but healthy. I’ve lost weight at other times in my life (although not this much at one time), in fact many times, but I’ve never been able to keep it off. I always gained it back and then some. I’ve been thinking about why this time has been different, so far anyway, although I’m not out of the clear yet (she says knowing the holidays are approaching…)

There are a few reasons I could point to, but I think the main reason for me is that I started from a place of mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Too often we try to fix the outside when it’s our inside that’s broken. I don’t think for a minute that’s true for everyone. I know plenty of mentally, emotionally, and spiritually (or non-spiritually) healthy people who struggle with their weight. But for others, like me, I think eating and food can be tied to other baggage whether you eat too much, too little, or for the wrong reasons.

I spent a lot of time working on my inside. And that made working on the outside a lot easier. It sounds trite but it’s true.

That’s not to suggest that weight should matter as much as it seems to in our world. I think if your body is healthy and you feel comfortable inside it, then the number on the scale or on the tag inside your clothes only matters when you’re filling out medical forms or ordering jeans online.

Now it’s time to get serious about the fitness part. My arthritic hips are a problem, yes, but I also use them as an excuse sometimes. I just wish there was a way to exercise without walking, running, swimming, riding, lifting, bending, sweating…