I loved Susan’s vlog this week about goal body, versus goal weight. Over a year into maintenance, I let go of the number on the scale a long time ago, but I enjoyed Susan’s invitation to think about the question: What do you want your goal body to be able to do? Not what size pants do you want to fit into, not what weight range do you want to be in, but what kind of life do you want to live?

I have been living happily in my goal body for a while now thanks to Susan and Bright Line Eating, and I have been feeling a lot of gratitude in the past couple of days for all that my goal body can do. I thought I’d share the list I’ve been thinking about with you.

My goal body can:

  • fit comfortably in my tightest pair of pants year after year
  • fully enjoy activities that involve swimming because I don’t feel uncomfortable and self conscious in a bathing suit
  • have fun going clothes shopping and make fun fashion choices
  • go hiking and backpacking
  • follow and enjoy a yoga class
  • smile happily for photos
  • wake up without aches or pains
  • climb stairs easily
  • go for a jog when it sounds fun
  • arrive home from work not feeling fatigued
  • have a regular and healthy menstrual cycle

Things my goal body still wants to do:

  • do a handstand
  • go rock climbing
  • get better at swing dancing

When I was arriving in maintenance, I sailed straight past my goal body because I was focused on the number and the size. I landed in a size 4, 128 lb, with a healthy BMI, and was thrilled to be there because it was somewhere I had never been in my adult life. However, my menstrual cycle disappeared for a few months and people commented that I looked too thin.

Over the next few months, I listened to my body and ate a little more food. I popped up to a size 6-8, and my cycle returned. It was unnerving to watch the numbers on the scale come up again, but I trusted the maintenance dance and stabilized around 140. I had to buy new pants again, but I found my goal body, and I’ve been easily maintaining this weight and size for over a year. I am so grateful that my goal body and I have found each other, and I feel confident that we’ll be together for the long haul.

What can your goal body do?