Our topic for this month is vanity. Does it play a role in weight maintenance? For most of us, it certainly was a factor in weight loss...after all, I'm pretty sure none of us felt like we were looking our best when we were at our peak weight. And I certainly liked seeing myself looking better and better as the weight came off - shopping for clothes was much more enjoyable, I wore complete outfits, including accessories, and I grew my hair longer. It was fun, and I really liked what I saw in the mirror - yes, some might call it vain, but I would say it was more of an appreciation for the new me.
So, now that the newness has worn off, is vanity still an issue when it comes to weight maintenance? Heck yes! I have definitely slacked off somewhat in the area of clothing - partly because I no longer work and don't have as many opportunities to dress nicely (Jeff is gone a lot and Paco loves me no matter what I wear), but I still enjoy dressing - well, not exactly up, but at least nicely - when I leave the house. Pretty much the only time you'll find me looking less-than put together is if I'm running errands (or eating breakfast) after a run...and even then, I can guarantee that my socks, shirt and headband will be coordinated.
Reading this, some of you may be thinking "who cares, really?" - and I get that. I know that no one is judging me because of what I'm wearing. But I feel good about myself when I'm pulled together, and feeling good about myself makes me tend toward taking better care in all areas - food choices, exercise, sleep habits - which in turn helps me maintain this healthy way of living. And that's what it's all about!
Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy,
former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We
formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing
people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the
first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you'd like
us to address - here's the link to our Ask Us (almost) Anything form - click here and ask away!