As most of you know, we have a new brilliant writer named Jenn.
Her article last week made me think of how lucky I am to be alive and healthy, and how we all complain about things in life that don’t matter as much as we think they do.
So, I know the subject has been beaten to death, yet I find it is getting worse by the hour and it’s something I just had to write about. The world has become so obsessed with one word that seems to define what and who people think they are:
We’re 5 pounds “fatter” than we should be, we ask if an outfit makes us look “fat“, and we go on crazy fad diets that are detrimental to our bodies just to lose a few pounds. Society has gotten to the point where having an eating disorder is almost considered normal.
In my opinion, Jennifer Lawrence said it best and I wish there were more people like her in Hollywood:
Now to be fair, I’ve been calling myself fat for years, which I think is worst of all. I used to be 40 pounds heavier than I am now and was legitimately over weight with an unhealthy BMI (Body Mass Index) at 165 pounds and 5’5″. (I’ll get to my ideas about BMI another day). All my friends were thin, it seemed like they could eat just about anything, and my metabolism was awful. However, I had enough of feeling sorry for myself and decided to do something. So I lost 40 pounds. I worked hard and I felt great. Then I realized one morning last week when I stepped on the scale and had a heart attack because I was 4 pounds heavier than normal, that I had a problem was worse than weight and it was time to fix it. It was no longer that I was over weight, but I was obsessing over a small number (4) when I had accomplished 10x that and completely lost sight of the big picture. I went from feeling beautiful before I stepped on the scale, to suddenly feeling like I had to get rid of all my fat ASAP.
The problem is not the 4 pounds, but the mindset; because once you get into that mindset, it’s a scary cycle. You can start to spiral into this depressed feeling of, “Ugh. I’m so fat. ” So I’m finally going to say – who fucking cares. I’m sure the rest of the world doesn’t give a crap about the 4 pounds I’ve gained and I know my boyfriend thinks I look exactly the same size in all 12 outfits I’ve tried on. I can only imagine how annoying it must be to hear a girlfriend over and over say “Does this make me look fat? What about this one? What one looks better?” – I will tell you right now, he doesn’t care and neither does your boyfriend. He really does not know the difference, and he knows he will only get in trouble for saying the wrong thing.
Let me be very clear before I go any further -in this circumstance, there is a difference between “heavier than normal”, and “overweight”. In fact, it makes me uncomfortable seeing overweight children who are not getting the right nutrition and deserve to be healthy. Health implications such as risk of several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, some forms of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis are all increased significantly with obesity.
I think working out, eating right, and making sure you stay healthy is way more important than being skinny. Even more so, I think we all have to change our mindset from wanting to be “skinny” to wanting to be “fit” and “healthy.” So, I’ve decided to start sharing my tips and tricks on how I have stayed healthy and kept off those forty pounds with you every other Monday. I’m making an effort to change my mindset and allow myself to take control again.
The first thing I have fallen off the wagon doing is drinking lots of water, so starting today I’ll make sure I drink at least 8 full glasses of water.
The next thing I’d like to share is this video. I did this work out last week and it kicked my ass:
Finally, I’d like to say get rid of the “diet” crap. This includes diet coke, sugar-free yogurt that’s full of terrible chemicals, and anything else that you know isn’t natural. Try to stay as natural as possible by cutting out the things you know aren’t good for you, do some research, and allow yourself to have some sugar. If you really don’t want sugar, find a sweetener like stevia that at least has SOME chance of being okay for you.
Until next time,