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Forget the Numbers!


Most people who try to lose weight end up focusing on one thing: the pesky number on the scale! It’s easy to obsess over those digits since they can influence your feelings of self-worth and confidence.

After becoming frustrated with hitting a plateau at 147 pounds, I immediately went into panic mode and obsessed over those three little digits: 1-4-7. AHHH! Will the scale ever go down?

My life coach, Alison Miller, asked me how I was feeling physically. I told her I felt great—toned, strong, and healthy. Plus, I have dropped a few dress sizes, which is a major confidence booster.

So what exactly am I worried about? After some probing from Alison, I realized what I was afraid of: failing at this SHAPE weight loss journey and not being accepted by society at my current weight. 

Alison helped me realize that I should stop obsessing over the number on the scale, and instead, focus on how I feel. As long as I am consistent with healthy eating and exercise, the extra weight will come off in time. And when my body does settle into a comfortable weight, it’s OK for me to accept myself as I am, curves and all. I’ve never strived to be a size 0 and I’m not going to start now!

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.


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