Monday, March 14, 2011

What I didn't put on my resolution list this year

My 2011 goals are going great. So much so that it actually surprises me. I don't think I've had such a productive 3 months...ever.

I've volunteered at the school, read books, visited new places, eaten new foods. And there are still so many exciting things to look forward to and try this year.

But there is something that I won't be crossing off my list this year. Because, for the first time in years, it's something that isn't even on my list.

Weight loss.

Year after year, ever since Bug was born and I had that extra baby weight, I've made it my goal to lose the weight and get back to my pre-baby body. At the time, I ran for miles, gave up sugar, biked obsessively. And I still never got back into those pre-Bug jeans. And then Monkey came, along with even more baby weight.

Once again I resolved to lose the weight. I did Pilates, yoga, aerobics, took up running again, gave up red meat, stopped eating ice cream.

And those pre-Monkey jeans just sat folded in the bottom drawer of my dresser, untouched, year after year. Right next to the even more ambitious pre-Bug jeans.

I've always felt bad about myself for not losing the weight. Like I wasn't committed enough, that I hadn't taken care of myself, that I had done something wrong during pregnancy to put the weight on to being with.

Last year, I had resolved to lose 10 pounds. I managed to lose 4. And I felt bad about myself for not doing it. It seemed like such a measly little goal, and I couldn't do it.

I kept thinking that if only I could just finally lose the weight, that finally I could start feeling good about myself.

And that's when I realized something.

All those years ago, before Monkey, I didn't feel good about myself, carrying around that post-Bug weight (even though now, I'd be delighted to be that size.) Going back years before that, before Bug, back when I was thin and finding clothes that fit was never an issue...Well, even going back that far, I didn't feel good about myself even then.

I keep thinking that losing the weight is the answer. But it's not.

I still want to be healthier. I try to watch what I eat. I try to fit in exercise when I can. But this year, I'm not resolving to lose weight.

And I feel good about that.


  1. Good for you, being healthy is more important. Your right, and being pre-something weight is unrealistic. I'll never be the same weight I was in highschool. But I'm okay with that, maybe it comes with age.

  2. I keep trying to tell myself the same thing! I've definitely changed my eating habits over the years, now it's time to see results. Good for you for realizing that you can feel good about yourself not matter the size.

  3. Good for you! I've been toying with the same thing. Reading your post is like a breath of fresh air for this new perspective. Love it!

  4. That is so great, Katherine!

    I do have some weight to lose for health reasons, but I gave up having a specific number in mind. Now my goal is simply to be healthy and to run a 5k without stopping. That's apparently my standard of fit and I think that's good enough.

  5. Good for you. I always measure my size by how my clothes fit and if I can make it through a workout without quitting. This is a great reminder post!

  6. Yah. Congrats on that decision.


  7. I have just spent way too much time catching up on all of your events and happenings, but loved every minute of it. I have missed you! You all have been busy! Congratulations to you for doing so well with your resolutions! The boys are getting so big...the maple syrup trip looks like so much fun and we will have to do that the next time we are in the area. Have a great weekenD!