I’m known for breaking convention, and for my rebellious streak. In fact, my friend Jaci featured me as a blogger crush, and said that she likes that I “blog about whatever I damn well please”.

listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were going to do anyway — robert downey jr. // lifeplusrunning.com
[ source — it’s pretty much my mantra ]

I’m officially a healthy living blogger now, and I’m also a Fitfluential Ambassador, in case you hadn’t noticed. It’s sort of in the bylines somewhere that you can’t blog about losing weight, and that wanting to lose weight is not healthy.

But today, I’m going to talk about the dirtiest phrase amongst healthy living bloggers: I want to lose some weight.

Yeah. I said it.

Don’t like it? Too bad. It’s my body, and I would like to do this for me, not to appease anybody else.

I’ve been wavering back and forth with the same 5 lbs. after I gained 15 last year. I want to lose weight, but everybody tells me “you look fantastic as you are”, “you look healthy” (Newsflash: Healthy is not a “look” — it’s a way of being), and “why would you want to lose weight?”

I’m tired of being unhappy because ultimately others don’t judge my happiness. I do. I’m not happy where I’m at, but yes, I’m pretty damn hot the way I am, thank you for noticing.

 

So why DO I want to lose weight?

It’s not because I want to look like this:

skinny runway model // lifeplusrunning.com

[ source ]

Or like this:

jamie eason fitness model // lifeplusrunning.com

source — okay, a little like that. she’s amazingly hot. ]

There are two reasons that I want to lose weight, since it’s obviously not for my health — I’m at a healthy weight:

  1. My clothes don’t fit. I’m sitting here with my pants unbuttoned at my desk as I’m writing this. At least I’m wearing pants. I’ve been wearing dresses/skirts to avoid this.
  2. Being at my ideal weight will not only help my clothes fit, but would help me perform my favorite activities optimally (even competitively) and help me avoid injuryWait, that second reason IS for my health.

Since my ankle sprain, I’ve hardly worked out, and I’ve basically reset my body (I owe you a bigger post about this — and no, I didn’t gain any weight), and since that reset, I think I’m really ready to commit to losing this weight, without making myself crazy.

What’s my official goal? Ten (10) pounds — or until my clothes fit comfortably. I have a zero scale, so I’ve lost track of my actual number, but I do keep track of my weight. I’ve fluctuated up and down with the same 5 lbs. And oddly enough, I lost 4 when I was injured (likely muscle, boo). However, this is not about the number. And I think that’s also why I think I can do this now.

How am I going to achieve this goal? 

  • Set a deadline. Thanksgiving is coming up. That sounds like a great deadline.
  • Track my food and fitness. I’m using MyFitnessPal to track (thechimes if you want to friend me) and I’m going to participate in Fitness Friday (yes, KATIE!)
  • Push myself mentally. Probably physically too, but this is a mental issue for me.
  • Listen to my body. And if I’m hungry, I eat. If I’m sore, I take a rest day. Period. 
  • And challenge others to join in with me. 
No, I’m not challenging you to lose 10 lbs. I’m challenging you to take a step for YOUR happiness, whatever that might be, and ignore what others have said.
However, if you would like to join on this challenge — to lose OR gain weight — I’m using the hashtag #operationpantsfit. Feel free to grab one of these buttons if you’d like.

#operationpantsfit because the only muffin top I want is pumpkin-flavored \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

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#operationpantsfit because plumber's crack is never in season \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

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#operationpantsfit because I said so \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

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#operationpantsfit because belts aren't in style this season \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

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#operationpantsfit challenge \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

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Thanks to Emily at Fit and Free with Emily, Lauren at Oatmeal After Spinning, Ashley from Freckles and Spice, and Kim from Wonderings of a Twentysomething for the support via twitter yesterday, and obviously, for friends and family who’ve always supported me (you know who you are).
@ I don't know if MFP registers that I tagged you .. but YES, let's lose 10 together! Wanna make this a blog collab? :) Challenge?

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Have you ever wanted to do something but were held back because others told you “no”? 

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Don’t forget — you can still enter my Amazing Grass giveaway until Friday.

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