New resolutions prod us to take a good look at the goals we want to accomplish but may have been putting off. Weight loss still tops the list on the self-improvement charts as it has for decades. But why does losing weight seem to be so hard?
I worked in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years and had a front row seat on the weight loss train. As a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, I was privileged to have had thousands of conversations with people about their fitness and weight loss goals. A common thread running throughout these conversations was that a person’s self-image seemed to go up or down based on the number on the scale.
I, myself, was no stranger to this feeling. But this experience prompted me to hop off this merry-go-round and challenge whether or not a scale number was even remotely valid in defining who I was or who anyone was. It was during this period that I began to learn new ways of looking at my own identity – taking a more spiritual and less weight-based view.
And on many occasions it felt wise to ask my students and clients to join me in turning away from the scale by focusing their attention on the fact that they, too, were so much more than a number. This would often foster deeper conversations about what was going on in their lives and occasionally uncover some basic culprits of overeating – feelings of sadness, loneliness and a hungering for more satisfaction in their whole experience.