4 signs you’re letting your weight wreck your life!

People don’t need to be obese or even overweight to let their weight ruin their lives.

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In fact, lots of people who aren’t even slightly overweight, and those who are much too thin, let their weight ruin their lives. Most of us have plenty of things in our lives that have the potential to wreck our lives. We don’t need to add our weight to our troubles.

Here are 4 signs that say your weight may be wrecking your life:

1. You start everyday by stepping on the scale, perhaps naked, as soon as you get out of bed.

"Ugh! I gained .05! Today is a BAD day!"

“Ugh! I gained 0.05! Today is a BAD day!”

The number you see in the display either gives you fits of unparalleled joy or sends you into the deepest depression. If you’re really hooked on the scale you will probably stand on it several times a day – after each time you eat or drink, after every kind of elimination, undressed, dressed and dressed with shoes.

Instead of finding joy in the fickle number on the scale, enhance your pleasure by starting each day counting and being grateful for all the wonderful things in your life.

2. You skip meals no matter how hungry or how appealing the available food may be. ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Skipping meals is a common weight loss or “anti-weight-gain” strategy. Just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s practical or particularly effective. It’s actually more likely to be counter-productive.

Getting too hungry is a great way to ensure that you will lose your ability to make good choices later. That’s not the only destructive thing about getting too hungry. If you tend to eat fast, it speeds up your rate of fork-to-mouth and that gets in the way of stopping when you’re full. Eating too fast usually results in eating too much.

Don’t refuse to eat when you’re hungry and eventually having an unsatisfying, overeating experience. Avoid getting too hungry by choosing to eat delicious meals and snacks of your choice, when your hunger level reaches “hungry” instead of waiting until “starved.”

3. You let your food choices define you.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

You have elevated food from “what you eat” to “who you are.” Food has become a moral issue and a sign of your virtue or unworthiness. You feel good, pure, and superior when you eat vegetables and eschew all processed foods. You feel inferior, like a scumbag, when you sink your teeth into something like a Big Mac and fries or a creme-filled doughnut.

Food makes you neither good nor bad. Judge your worthiness by how you treat others, not by what you eat.

4. You miss out on fun because you don’t want to wear the appropriate clothing for the activity.

It's about 100 degrees and I'd love to jump in the ocean, but ain't no way I'm exposing my big belly!"

It’s about 100 degrees and I’d love to jump in the ocean, but ain’t no way I’m exposing my big belly!”

You are your biggest critic. Maybe you’re embarrassed by a few belly rolls. Perhaps you have more than a few rolls. You don’t think you deserve to have fun. Fatty-shamers are happy to reinforce your insecurity.

Hey fatty! Why don't you stop eating junk food and get off the couch?!"

Hey fatty! Why don’t you stop eating junk food and get off the couch?!”

You might only have a little tummy blubber, but when you look in the mirror that bit of belly fat is so despicable you do not want to let anybody else see it – ever! You may wear pants on the hottest, muggiest days because you think your body is too gross to reveal. You may love to swim, but that’s not going to happen because you refuse to put on a swimsuit. Winter activities are out of the question because there’s no way you’ll appear looking like a huge, fat monster in bulky outdoor winter clothes so that you can have fun skiing or sledding.

You have a limited number of days on the planet. Don’t let how you look in what you wear keep you from making the most of each and every day! The truth is nobody who matters cares about how you look as much as you do.  Yes, there are nasty fatty-shamers who say mean things, and they have a problem. Don’t let their problem become yours!

Take back your life. Enjoy each day to its fullest.

What you weigh doesn’t should not affect your joy in life!  

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.