Size Healthy Contest

by - Friday, February 19, 2010

Whether I'm watching TV, reading a magazine, or exercising with my triathlon training friends, I have heard tons of inspiring success stories from people who have lost weight and gained confidence. Now that I'm in my second season of triathlon training, I feel like I have a mini success story of my own

I haven't lost 100 pounds or dropped 5 dress sizes; my goals have been a bit different. When I was in elementary school I was skinny. Really, really skinny. Some of my classmates would tease me for being so thin. I was the skinny, flat-footed kid who had a doctor's note to sit out of P.E. on running days because of my occasional asthma attacks. 

When I was about 19, I finally started to gain a few curves but realized that my ability to eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight was not going to last forever. I quit eating fast food and doubled my trips to the gym. Like a lot of women, I became somewhat obsessed with my weight. I believed that I needed to eat foods that I didn't enjoy to be "healthy".

What has changed in the past 15+ years? I no longer sit out of running! Last year I completed my first triathlon and a half marathon. More importantly, I do not obsess about my size. I don't count calories. Instead, I eat a variety of healthy foods. I fuel my body with foods that make me feel good and that I truly enjoy. Most of the time that means tons of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and plant proteins. Sometimes it means ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies! 

A fellow blogger, Angela at Oh She Glows, is hosting a "Size Healthy Contest". To enter, she has asked her readers to change the size on one of their clothing tags to "size healthy" and send her a link to a photo. Here is my entry!

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Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!

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