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It can be very tempting to chase a particular clothing size when you are in the process of losing weight. But clothing size does not necessarily represent health or fitness.

Part of establishing a new weight loss mindset is establishing new mindful eating habits and then allowing your body to adjust and change in response to those modifications in your diet.

The problem with chasing the size is that many people set up size expectations that can only be achieved with a strict deprivation diet. Reaching a particular size may bring a sense of accomplishment in the short run, but these feelings will be short-lived if you can’t maintain your new weight for the long haul.

Seek Health Instead Of A Size

What’s more, our body changes at different stages of our lives, which may necessitate a shift in sizing.

Remember, no one but you sees the size on the tag. Instead of chasing a particular size, allow your body to respond naturally to your new eating habits. You will lose weight and keep it off if you establish mindful eating habits. Seek health instead of a clothing size.

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Learning It, Shellie


  1. Pamela B says:

    I enjoyed your post. It’s true we don’t need to focus on our tag which a lot of us tend to do and it can be a little depressing. It’s a pleasure to co-host with you this week.

  2. Evija says:

    What a great post and couldn’t agree more, I am sure there so many others who can relate to this! My pleasure co-hosting with you this week!! Have a great day, Evija xx

  3. Christine says:

    This is wonderful, Shellie! It’s one thing to say we are beautiful and perfect just the way we are, but like you say it’s just a mind set, to let go of the number! I’m happier, when my actual size doesn’t even phase me, I don’t even give it another thought!
    Thank you for co-hosting #OhMyHeartsieGirlsWW!
    Have a fabulous week!

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Size is really quite subjective anyway. It varies from brand to brand, so there is no use in tying our self worth to it! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. IAmKat says:

    A great post, I find this especially true as when you train regularly you often end up heavier than when you started if you build muscle. It’s much more important to be happy with your shape and fitness than whether you fit in a certain size of clothing. I also think that if people perceive you as fit or someone who exercises then they will “downsize” you in there mind as they assume you are thinner.

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Funny enough, I have always worn sizes bigger than perception. When I was a teen my friends would be in fours and sixes and I have never worn smaller than an eight. It has a lot to do with your frame as well.

  5. Sarah-Ann says:

    Hey girl, love this article. I’m sure so many of others can relate, I know I can. When I started losing weight, I kept getting discouraged at how I lost a lot but I never changed pants size. I was so wrapped around the idea my size staying the same meant I wasn’t progressing as I thought I had. I had to let go of the size and number & look at how far I’ve actually come.
    Thanks for co-hosting WW, see you next week

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      It is a hard mindset and expectation to shake! We all lose weight in our own individual way and we lose in different areas at different rates. Thanks for cohosting with me.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Shellie that is such sound advice. It is one to constantly keep in mind as we battle fat cells that want to grow.
    Remembering to leave from another page to help your statistics
    Fridays Blog Booster Party#7

  7. Liz Joiner says:

    such a great article! it’s definitely important to remember this. My body certainly changed after my daughter.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Yes, we change and we grow in many good ways. It’s just important to accept who we are and what we are, rather than always reaching for something else. Thanks for stopping by, Liz!

  8. Debbie says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you, Shellie. Once one starts to live a healthy life, they will reach the clothing size appropriate for their physical structure. I have a blog coming up this week in which I mention that. Health must come on top!

  9. Dawn Hall says:

    I have been known to cut the tags out of my clothes because I am ashamed of the size i am wearing! I do not know why i do it lie you say you are the only one that sees it.
    great topic.
    Dawn x

  10. Kristine says:

    So happy to have found you site and this linkup. I’m 43 (44-Aug) and coming off of a rough patch in my life for the past 25 or so years and you could say I’ve been learning to live again. Your topics are going to be so helpful. Especially fashion!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for hosting!

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Kristine! It’s never too late to embark on a new journey. Glad you found me too!