Sometimes I’m not sure how “normal” I am or will ever be. I’d like to see myself as an athlete and yet I don’t always match up image wise with those itsy bitsy marathoners or the models (yes models) on the magazines. Who knows how much adjustment is done to those photos, or how many hours they spend working out. Anyways, all excuses aside, it’s time to find confidence in the bodies we have.
I’m not saying, I’ll go out and slurp up a gallon of ice cream to prove point, but I do need to accept and appreciate the type of body I was blessed with. My aunt has told me she grew up with similar muscular thighs. Cool, so when can I expect to slim down and fit normally into those boyfriend jeans that now look like skinny jeans. When can I fully learn to love the skin and muscles we have, not get angry over the pictures in the magazines. In a moment of frustration, I stumbled upon this article about “Athletes and Weight Loss“. Yes, I’m not a school athlete or professional, but could find meaning in a few of their top bullets:
- Do not diet; Diets don’t work – I agree here. For me, it’s all about the whole foods and vegetables that make me feel good. I link diets with deprivation and would much rather enjoy life in moderation than miss out on everything. I’ve done the dieting track and it made me miserable.
- The athlete should never consume less than 1200 to 1500 calories per day – Again, back to the deprivation. I have friends and acquaintances who can sustain themselves off cups of coffee and energy bars. No sir, I can’t. Plus, this could affect not only my athletic performance but mental performance at work.
- The athlete must not become obsessed with total body weight – “When a person exercises (weight lifting, etc.) while trying to lose weight, they gain lean body weight (muscle) and lose body fat but their overall body weight may remain the same. The athlete should measure their weight loss success by their percentage (%) of body fat.”
- Not everyone can be trim and lean like a ballerina or a body builder – BINGO. “A person needs to accept the “genes” their parents dealt them. All the dieting in the world won’t change a person’s genetic make-up.”
- Diet pills, frozen entrees, and liquid diets ARE NOT the answer to safe and effective permanent weight loss. Rather, nutrition education, changes in lifestyle, and increased activity level will result in permanent weight loss and improved health.
- Keep a healthy mindset. For me, it’s an ongoing conversation, learning when to eat (not so close to bed!), what to eat, and why I eat (sometimes those sweets aren’t always because I want them, but rather an emotional clutch).
It’s helpful to see bloggers out there in support being healthy – just like Slim Sanity’s article here. We have two options – to live life in constant fear and frustration, or we can make the most of it through moderation and enjoyment. Just like most other things in our lives, our happiness is up to us.
The other day I signed up for another race, this time set in the fall, and decided I want to buckle down and work on my training. I have to thank my genetics for the fact that I am able to run and workout as I do, so here’s to them and here’s to me.