Meet Goodwellness client Moira. This picture was taken at her nephew's wedding this past weekend.
Back in March, Moira shared with me her goal: to look amazing at the event. She'd found a dress that she loved, and she'd ordered it in two different sizes. One dress was a little tight, and the second she was not even able to zip. She really wanted to be wearing that second dress when she watched her nephew take his vows!
Together, we made a plan for her exercise routine and healthy changes to her diet that would result in a calorie deficit. To keep her accountable and to make sure we were on track, we measured her waist and hips every week. Moira was consistent because she was determined to meet her goal.
By the end of May, Moira had not only fit into the second dress, but it was too big!! She had to order the next size down. That is the dress she is rocking in the pic.
Moira not only looks great, but she feels great too. All it took was a little vanity to motivate her in the direction of a healthier lifestyle.
Vanity gets a bum rap sometimes.
It's closely associated with pride, one of the seven deadly sins of the Bible. And, sure, obsessing about your appearance can cause problems of its own.
But caring about your looks and taking steps to maintain them? That can help motivate us to exercise regularly, to eat well, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A little vanity can drive our actions to keep our identity, strength and independence.
It's about more than beauty or youth. We all want to look how we want to look, as much as possible. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Exercise and eating right are good for health and longevity, not just a slimmer torso. Maintaining a good appearance is linked to self-respect. And no less glamorous a specimen than Winston Churchill called vanity the "vice that promotes so many virtues."
More people Moira's age (and older!) are investing in fitness than ever before. They spend money, time and energy to stay healthy and to maintain their lifestyles. They're also dating, coloring their hair, and dabbling in Botox (or more).
Everyone wants control over their lives, to live the way they want to live for as long as possible. That's what's so great about exercise – it gives you that power.
If it also helps you smile as big as Moira is here, then we won't complain a bit.
Let me know if I can help you!
> Sources: The New York Times, Psychology Today