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Have you ever just found yourself curiously clicking through the interwebs fascinated by people or blog posts or images? I do it ALL THE TIME.  I guess it’s not a good habit as it’s usually when I’m procrastinating something but today I randomly followed a path that let me to this image/quote…

SoWhat

So what – I love it!

Over 5 years ago I wrote a post called Can you LET IT GO? — Click here and read it. It’s a doozy. Makes me cry every time – and this quote captures what I was trying to get at back then.

I never really thought about it in this context but I apply the “so what” philosophy to almost everything I do now. From writing this blog to cooking to weight loss to working out, it’s truly an extension of my commitment to ditching “perfect.”

Here are a few common problems I hear all the time that I think can be “cured” with a little “so what” attitude.

I can’t afford to eat organic all the time — So what. Does that mean you can’t choose healthier, less processed options when you can?

I have and will always have cellulite and stretch marks – So what. How does that affect your overall health and fitness? Does that mean you shouldn’t give it your all at the gym? Does that mean you shouldn’t bother with a healthier diet? 

My family doesn’t like to eat healthy  – So what. Does that mean you can’t make small changes to better everyone’s health. Introduce a new vegetable a week? Make more meals at home? 

I don’t have any time to go to the gymSo what. Can you take a daily walk instead? Pop in an exercise DVD? Play with the kids even? 

I can’t stay on track over the weekendsSo what. Can you give yourself permission to relax a bit? Can you stop the guilt cycle and do what you can when you can!

I’m never going to be skinny/look like a Victoria Secret model/have the body I want/[insert how you feel about your body here]So WHAT! Does that mean you can’t live the life you want regardless? You can’t wake up every day and try to better yourself, your life? 

See how this works?  Sometimes I think “So what” has a bad connotation, like you are indifferent or disrespectful. I guess it could in certain contexts but there is also power in those words. Let it go. Move on despite what problems you face.

Stop holding yourself back. 

 
  • http://oatmealsmiles.com Georgia Reed

    This was great. I need some more “so what?!” in my life (and less clicking around). :)

  • Kim Appelt

    I love this! Sometimes this weight loss journey is all too consuming. You have to give yourself permission to not be perfect and say “so what” once in a while. Because nobody’s perfect, right? I recently got a fitbit and I find myself saying wycwyc all the time. Every little bit adds up. You don’t always have time for a long workout or an intense work out. So what? I love your blog!!

    http://kimsjourneytogoodhealth.blogspot.ca

  • JenS

    AMEN! This is what I needed to hear today :)

  • Shauna

    My boyfriend says this to me all the time when I complain about just about every single one of the above mentioned thing – and he says “So what?! Does this mean you can’t enjoy a Sunday afternoon?” Great Post!

  • Shanna

    Thank you Roni for this post. I have been struggling with my self image a lot lately after gaining my 50 lb back that I lost 5 years ago. I want to start over but I am so hard on myself for gaining the weight back and don’t know how to tell myself that I can do this. So what if I gained the weight back now it is time to do something about it.

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