Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

It has been a month since I last weighed myself.  Have I lost weight?  I think so, but I don’t know for sure.  Have I gained weight? I don’t think so, but I don’t know for sure.  But there is one thing I am sure of: I am happier this month than I have been in a few years.  I feel good about myself, genuinely so.  I don’t have the guilt and shame hanging over me that is normally present in my everyday life.  And the most amazing thing of all?  I had a family picture taken!  The family pic, you know, that thing I’ve been putting off until I lost thirty pounds?  At that rate my kids would be thirty before the picture would happen.

Anyway, for you loyal followers of the blog, I offer up this sneak peek.  Notice not only did I get the picture taken, but I’m actually putting it up for the world to see!  Take that scale!

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Free!! Part Two

Today I embark on another leg of my journey to freedom.  I’m saying goodbye to an old friend with whom I have the unhealthiest relationship in my life.  A friend who makes me feel terrible about myself.   A friend who I both loathe and so desperately need.

I’m ditching my scale bitches!

A few weeks ago I asked you to mark up your scales, and I’ve been getting some great pics, like this one from Heather:

Thanks to all of you who sent pics, I will be announcing a winner in a few days.  If you haven’t yet, you can still send your pic to amye@amyearcher.com.

I’m taking this scale destruction one step further.  I’m ditching mine.  Starting September 1st, I pledge to you and to myself- that for one year I will not weigh myself.  I will not measure myself with a tape measure, I will refuse to get weighed at the doctor’s office.  I will live a year without weights and measures, focusing instead on happy thoughts, healthy thoughts, and healthy habits.

Stay tuned for the video…. (Yeah, there’s going to be a video.)

Fat Girl, FREE!

When was the last time you truly didn’t care about your weight?  Not in a “I give up, let’s pile it on” kind of way, but a carefree, happy kind of way?

It occurred to me weeks ago that the only time in my life I was ever truly at peace with my body was when I was pregnant.  I ate very healthy, was conscious of everything I put in my body, exercised, and only treated myself to sweets or junk food on rare occasions.  But the most important aspect of that time was that I didn’t care what anyone else thought about my body.  I was growing my babies, I was doing something greater.  My weight transcended the shallow plane of society.  I was becoming a mom.  I think about this time period often, and how successful my mind-body connection was.  (I only gained 25 pounds, with twins that’s close to a miracle!)  I was successful because I was focusing on health rather than weight.

I have a million pictures like this one… adorable family pics, minus me.

I compare that time period with the rest of my life which seems to go like this:  I won’t get family pictures taken until I lose more weight (my kids are almost six and still there are almost no pictures of us together in existence), I won’t put on a bathing suit on the beach until I lose weight, I won’t wear a tank top–ever, I won’t, I won’t, I won’t… see the difference?  My weight holds me back from living my life.  It’s like someone implanted a chip in my brain and that chip has stunted my entire life.

So, I wondered to myself, could I ever get back to that place where my mind is more powerful than my body?  Could I live in a state where my health carries more weight than my heft?  Thus, the Freedom Pact was born.

The Freedom Pact is a new pledge I am making to myself.  It works like this.

For the next six months I pledge to follow these three rules:

1.  I will think and act like a thin person.

2.  I will focus on eating healthy.

3.  I won’t give a SHIT about what others think.

The Bob!

This past weekend I went to the beach and put these three rules into practice.  I wore a bathing suit on the beach and had a BLAST with my daughters in the ocean.  I wore a tank top on the boardwalk and no passerby’s stopped to laugh at me and no small children were harmed by my arm-fat jiggle. And I took pictures!  Yes, I took two pictures of my children that I’m actually in!  Then, when I got home, I cut my hair into a cute little bob, something I never would have done before since I always thought I was too heavy to pull that off.  I guess in my brain I actually thought that some police force maintained the balance between the fat and the skinny, and that if I started doing skinny things like cutting my hair short and wearing tank tops, that I would be thrown down for upsetting the balance.  To say this out loud sounds ridiculous, but I know if you’re reading this and you’re heavy, you know EXACTLY what I ‘m talking about.

Needless to say, shedding the psychological chains that have been holding me back for so long felt liberating.  But I still have a long road ahead of me.  That self-poisoning dialogue is still in my head, it still plays quietly in the background of my life.  The transition to full-on freedom won’t happen overnight, but I’m making the effort and putting one fat foot in front of the other each day.  I’ll let you know how it goes!