Healthy and Sane

Just do the right things and results will follow (+giveaway winner)

August 23rd, 2010 · 26 Comments · body talk

So I’ve mentioned this before (multiple times, I know!) that I’ve gained weight. It’s kind of killing me. I don’t know. I can’t decide if it’s the weight that bothers me and puts a damper on other aspects of my life, or if it’s the other way around – I’m feeling insecure about other things and projecting it all on the way I view my body. But I’m fighting against this stupid issue taking over my life. I’m trying to focus on doing the right things (eat well, exercise and rest!) instead of dwelling on how tight my clothes fit (if they fit at all – I’m avoiding a few pieces). I think this is a healthier attitude and results will eventually follow. With that spirit, today I did something I’ve never done…

I went to see a personal trainer (got a great deal through BuyWithMe) at BodyScapes. It was my first time at that establishment so of course I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork. After filling out my name, address, etc we got to the “goals” section. You know which box was one of the first ones to check, don’t you? Why are you here? Among others, the options included the following: to lose weight, gain strength, overall health, work on flexibility… and I said nothing about weight loss. Nothing. I always check the weight loss box. What motivates you to continue working on your goals? My answer: I enjoy working out and it helps me maintain my health. What prevents you from reaching your goals? Nothing! This is how it went down.

I DO want to lose weight but I’m not at the gym for that. Yes, it plays a role in achieving this outcome but watching my diet is truly what’s going to make or break it. Working out has truly become a part of my life. I have some rough days sometimes but overall, I need to work out – it keeps me sane, healthy, strong and happy. That is why I’m there.

By the way, my session was fun. Instead of talking to me about how I can lose a few pounds (the inevitable conversation if I checked that box), we talked about how to make me the most fit that I can be. I exuded confidence and rocked all the fitness tests. I hope he makes up a hard routine for our next session (it’s coming up on Thursday). And so results will follow. I’m sure of it. 😎

Why do you work out?

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26 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Angie from Merried Life

    Elina, I love love LOVE your new P.O.V.! It’s so healthy…and, well, SANE!

    I’m always thinking of myself in terms of weight loss – either dieting and exercising to lose pounds or trying desperately to maintain some lower weight. I’m really trying to re-orient my point of view to something akin to yours but it’s hard. Hopefully, I will soon be able to say my number one reason for working out is health and not appearance-related!

  • #2 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Love the title of this post. I feel the same way – I also workout to stay sane, healthy, strong and happy. Losing weight is a bonus (and something I do want to achieve) but it’s not my only goal. Your honesty is so refreshing and inspiring!

  • #3 - Erin

    I think you’re going into this with the right attitude–working out should be about feeling great and being fit, not losing weight or getting skinny.

  • #4 - Shannon

    what a great way to look at things!! can’t wait to hear how the next session goes :) chin up!

  • #5 - *Andrea*

    i just graduated college in may and gained a TON of weight over this summer. it’s weird because i’ve had time to really relax and take care of my health but a lot of parties, drinking, bbq’s and some emotional eating over my fears of starting a full time job got the best of me. however, i started meditation back in march and it’s really taught me to just inquire into these anxieties. such as why i feel so ashamed of my body? what purpose does this serve? what events trigger these thoughts?

    also, when i notice these thoughts negatively putting down my body i counter them by complimenting other aspects of myself (i love my hair, i have integrity, i try hard at work, i love my friends, etc.) and it usually cheers me up and allows me to tune into my self and then the negative talk goes away and emotional eating is less likely to occur.

    anyways, hope the trainer goes well! life is a process. enjoy each moment and try not to compare an OLD you with a NEW you (we’re different each moment, every day!), or yourself with someone else.

    ps i think you’re beautiful!

  • #6 - Christine

    I’ve found the same thing to be true: do the right thing and the results will follow. I am always at my healthiest when I am the least focused on being healthy. I know it sounds strange, but it’s true. When I am not trying so hard to eat well or exercise, I find myself craving healthy food and exercise in pretty much the ideal amounts, whereas when I am too focused on “health,” I work out a bit too much, and vegetables lose some of their appeal (although not all… I sincerely do LOVE vegetables).

    Anyway, I totally agree that working out should be for endorphins and confidence and not for some abstract concept of “health” or, worse, thinness.

  • #7 - One Healthy Apple

    I think that’s an awesome step in the right direction.

    I eat well to maintain/lose weight. I work out because it’s good for me and makes me feel good.

  • #8 -

    oh i love ur new little baking photo with u in ur adorable apron!! haha <3 <3
    such a beauty!!

  • #9 - sophia

    your attitude is so awesome. I love your TRULY healthy approach. The thing about weight is that you don’t need to fuss too much about it. The more you fuss, the more stressed and the more…well, the more negatively your weight turns towards.

    I work out because it’s a brilliant way to start the day and it’s my “quiet time” with God.

  • #10 - jenny

    i’m feeling you on the weight gain front….it’s so annoying….but you know what it happens! as humans, we gain weight, we lose weight….it’s inevitable!!!!!

    i guess it’s just a matter of reigning it in a little. as for me, i’ve returned to my bikram yoga practice (After a few months hiatus) partly b/c, yes, it helps me lose weight and revs up my metabolism, but also b/c it makes me feel good and strong!!!!!!

    your post actually parallels a conversation i had myself just an hour ago…..i told myself that bikram is something i love and i should think of it as a lifestyle not a gimmick for losing weight :)

  • #11 - Carly

    I think a lot of us are there on the weight gain front. This summer my life turned completely upside down (in a good way), which led me to enjoy my life and not be so strict with what I eat – hence the weight gain. Although I don’t LOVE that I have gained weight… I do LOVE that my husband and I have been able to have a more enjoyable time, enjoy some cocktails, enjoy REALLY good (and not always the most healthy) food. I think that my new change has revitalized a lot of parts of my marriage. That being said, I have kept up working out. Now I workout because it makes me feel good, healthy, blows off steam, etc. I too have been working with a trainer and it has been such a new, fun twist to my boring repetitive workouts. Keep up this mindset and even if your body isn’t “perfect”, you will be healthier and happier. Sometimes just letting go of the stress of being “thin” will help you to calm down and just enjoy your awesome life!

  • #12 - Shannon

    I love how you are approaching the training. I think you’ll enjoy it much more with a focus on healthy than on weight loss. I applaud you for the new attitude you’ve developed. Its a struggle to maintain that attitude, but I love that you are fighting that battle!

  • #13 - Hillary

    I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now, and I felt the need to tell you how much I love your post today. You are truly an inspiration to how to manage a healthy life style while still having fun and the occasional indulgence :)

    I also love the new subscribe by email option!

  • #14 - Lauren @

    I like your outlook on life! I think it is important to maintain a healthy life style instead of obsessing over weight.

  • #15 - Michelle

    Your attitude really inspires me. I get down on myself when I’ve gained a few pounds or more importantly, when clothes feel a bit tighter. But you’re a good reminder to me to keep a good attitude and focus on staying healthy and not the pounds. Thank you.

  • #16 - Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    I think it is super-duper awesome that you didn’t check the weight loss box. It’s almost like you were proving to yourself that you are in this for your health and sanity (just like your blog title!) and anything else is just icing on the cake.

  • #17 - Shannon

    I just went through this, and I’m on the last bit of my diet, because working things out little by little wasn’t cutting it for me. I didn’t want my weight to rule my life.

    I’m looking forward to my new goals. Keeping a healthy active lifestyle. Everything in moderation. Moderation is hard for me, but it will be my main goal. I want to be strong as well, so a new exercise routine is in the planning stages.

  • #18 - Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)

    Great attitude girl!

    Even though I’m not trying to lose weight, I have a feeling if the box was there, I’d check it. Isn’t that weird?? It’s like females are conditioned to always be striving to lose weight. How sad.

    Good for you!!

  • #19 - Kelly

    Girl I am in the same boat. I always can relate to your struggles, I think everyone can and that’s what makes your blog so lovely. I think a lot of bloggers feel like they have to give the impression they have it all figured out, but there is something more inspiring about someone who is “real.” That’s probably a good way to look at it.

    I’m trying to figure out how to tackle it myself. I don’t have a ton to lose, but my clothes are snug and I miss feeling toned and strong. I’m trying to have a similar approach with weightloss as the byproduct, but the struggle is I know I’ll lose it faster if I am more regimented (ala weight watchers) but I often find myself losing steam more quickly. Ahh the tradeoffs.

    And thanks for the vote. Much appreciated. :-)

  • #20 - Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    Definitely. You can’t exercise away a bad diet.

  • #21 - Notes from the Fatty File

    Good for you! I treat myself — physically and emotionally — SO MUCH BETTER when I have a good workout (or even a bad one, for that matter). When I’m moving more and feeling confident, I am more in tune with eating fresh, whole, healthy foods. Best of luck with the trainer and kudos to you for focusing on overall health instead of the number on the scale. This is a big battle with me but I’m working on it.

  • #22 - RunToTheFinish

    Good job on realizing exactly where you are and taking active steps. Your mind set really has changed over the time i’ve followed you and it’s great to see

  • #23 - Liz @ Blog is the New Black

    I think that’s great that your focus is on health! Mine, too. It’s the right attitude, even if losing weight is part of the focus!

  • #24 - Jessica@tastyandtrim

    Hang in there! I know the feeling of your clothes being too tight and it has consumed me. But then I realize so what if my jeans are tight..I can get another pair of jeans, what really matters is that I focus on eating healthy and exercising so that my body feels good! Much easier said than done, but try not to be so hard on yourself. We are all our own biggest critic. If I gain a few pounds I surely notice but those around me don’t see it at all. I’m inspired by the positive outlook you have as I still struggle with this issue myself. Thanks for being so honest and open!

  • #25 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    Love your new photo! And I work out because it helps me beat stress and makes it easier to indulge in wine and chocolate. And it’s healthy, even when I don’t want to do it, I know I will feel great after.
    I think if you forget about weight loss and just focus on moving your body lots and eating great natural foods, it will all fall into place. You look great to me!

  • #26 - Mandy A

    Elina, I have always been a huge fan of your blog! I have always loved your creative meals and hearing about your kick butt work outs!

    I understand the weight gain. I have put on 20 pounds this past year. Frustrating and embarrassing. I have only two pairs of jeans that fit at this point and maybe three or four shirts. But I LOVE that you went into the gym and this week with a WHOLE new outlook… so inspiring! I can’t wait to see where this takes you!