As a collegiate athlete I found myself in an environment where being in shape was very important. With such pressure to be in shape there were many who had an unhealthy view of themselves in regards to weight. These attitudes were not from pressure from our coaches or trainers to be more thin, they were simply the result of over achieving individuals who would do almost anything to be their best. This was and is still understandable as your performances and seasonal bests projected if your schooling will be paid for and how much of it will be paid. By the end of my college career I was receiving books, fee’s, tuition, as well as a healthy stipend that paid for my housing and food. Was running my fastest important? Absolutely! Can you see how collegiate athletes can become obsessive about every aspect of their bodies? In college there was a lot of fine tuning going on and it was at times a fine line. However, difficulties with losing too much weight is not limited to collegiate athletes, it is everywhere. This video portrays it very well:
Losing weight in any situation can become dangerous and my hope is that you can stay in control of yourself as you go about it. In fact, I have been so bothered by how much people worry about weight that I refused to have a scale in my house until this year when I decided to do weight loss posts. So this Christmas Santa delivered THIS one. I try not to pay too much attention to it however checking the numbers is always tempting!
My hope is that you’ll forget about celebrities, forget about television, and hit the goal weight that is HEALTHY for you. My goal weight is 120 and really, anything below that makes me look a bit frail. If you are unsure what your healthy weight is use this chart from HealthyFacts.net for reference:
For me my height is 5’5 and I have a smaller frame. So 120 is right within in my range. As a word of caution I hope that everyone approaches their weight loss goals with a plan and a clear mind set! Best of luck and stay tuned for tomorrows post as I reveal my current weight and my plans to reach my optimal weight!
If you liked this post, be sure to check out last weeks post 10 Tips to Lose 10 Pounds