Weigh-In with your Healthy Voice

We are not our weight. We are not how much we’ve gained. We are not how much we’ve lost. We are not how much we want to lose. We aren’t going to be better when we lose it. We aren’t going to finally fit in when we lose it. We are enough right now.

If our loved ones monitor our weight-loss and we fear failure – remember the only reason they do that is because they only know what we know. All of us are groomed to think that weight-loss is the answer when it goes so much deeper.

Getting on the scale isn’t a death march. We don’t have to listen to our unhealthy voice that tells us we are defined by our weight. We are defined by who we believe we are DESPITE our weight. If we want to believe that we are our weight, it is the best time for us to choose NOT to listen.

In the show tonight, a number of campers chose not to listen to it. One said, “I don’t want to let a number decide my whole view of myself.” So happy to hear it! We all have a Healthy Voice that wants us to see we are SO much more than our weight…we just have to hear it.

Inspired by tonight’s episode of “Huge” on ABC family.

“Huge” Premiere Healthy Voice Thoughts

Overall I think the show was great. They touched on some good issues and brought in good humor to make it light. I was actually thinking at the beginning of my own teen experience. I remember feeling so alone, literally the only overweight kid in my class. I like that this environment helped these teens feel more accepted, being around people that can relate to them.

I LOVE that they are given a journal to express their feelings, and the one camper had her sign that says – “Beauty comes from within.” Those are really both positive Healthy Voice tools. I didn’t love that there was one girl posting model photos for “thin-spiration” -but I think it depicted how teens today do think that models/movie stars should be their inspiration.

I’ll be interested to see how they develop the whole cafeteria portion of the show. It’s reality that some girls have the diet mentality when they eat. It’s also reality that you go to a weight-loss camp and they are going to feed you healthy food. That is the perfect place for these kids to find out about why they choose the processed foods over the healthy ones. But, I realize that’s advanced thinking…

“Are you holding?” and the whole storyline with the girls sneaking foods that weren’t allowed…I think it focused a little too much on the “punishment” idea. How can you tell these girls not to have that food, if they don’t know why they don’t want it? It’s how I talked about my addictive foods in the past. Thankfully, I don’t need them as a fix anymore. I think if anything it shows you – Food Addiction is REAL people. The way they talked about it, is the way any chemical addict talks about their substance – I need it. I can’t live without it. Yes, you can – this is how…

I love how they are getting support in groups. Sad that they say they can’t share at home like they do here…Parents – I said it in my blog yesterday — let them share their feelings about the food! You may hear something you didn’t know!!

The girl who couldn’t believe that a boy asked her to sit on her lap – could TOTALLY relate. When I was a teen – never got asked out, never kissed a boy. When you are overweight – you just never think you are worthy of a boy liking you. SO NOT TRUE!

Last thing – the girl that got kicked off for purging…that showed me how REAL bulimia is. This is not an eating disorder you can see on the outside and FYI – a lot of overweight people suffer from it, contrary to pop culture belief. I think they did a little of the “punishing” with this too….by sending her off campus. They could have educated the kids more about it…how their eating may just need be behavioral, but they may have an eating disorder, addiction etc….

Lots of thoughts – but I know it’s the first of it’s kind and a GOOD start. I look forward to future episodes.