Trying to Get Skinny for the New Year? Stop.

Skinny does not always equal healthy. I say that as someone who lost close to 40 pounds, between 2018 and 2020. And, as a matter of fact, one of my top posts for this website has to do with Morning Meltdown (and I am not a Beachbody coach).

I started Beachbody (although I am now a DailyBurn 365 convert) with this fantastic person while I was 40 pounds overweight, a cardiology patient (AFib, high blood pressure, and unstable angina), and with absolutely no energy. I am a very short person, by the way. Why did I initially choose her? Because special needs moms stick together.

It is the time of year where most women have one New Year’s resolution: to try and find a way to get skinny. It is generally the question I am most often asked: how did I lose the weight? No one ever likes the answer…

But the truth is that the goal should not be about getting skinny. The goal should be about health. Skinny does not mean health. The number on the scale does not define you. The measurement of your waist or your hips or your chest or your thighs do not define you. If there are numbers you should worry about, think blood sugar, LDL, A1C, and blood pressure reading.

Health should be your goal. You are worth so much more than “skinny.” Strong is the new skinny. Healthy is the new skinny.

Am I skinny? Yes, but that’s my build in general. It doesn’t mean a goddamn thing in general past that. It just means (for me) that I am no longer a cardiology patient. I no longer take meds for AFib. I am no longer a stroke risk. I no longer have unstable angina. I am healthy and that is what matters. The number on that scale does not fucking matter. My health is what matters. Skinny wasn’t the goal.

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