Eat a cheeseburger or something…
I can SO relate to this post. Every last bit of it.
My favorite part of it was when someone told her to “eat a cheeseburger or something”. As if consuming some mass produced, overly processed piece of garbage is going to magically snap her to what others deem to be a healthy weight. Give me a break!
When I tell people that I would like to drop about 20 more pounds, they look like I told them I have a baby yak growing from my left armpit. I am thankful that when people who have not seen me in a while recognize immediately that I have lost weight, but what they do not know is that I am still technically overweight. Right now I have been hanging at 220lbs. I would love to be 200 or 195. But I don’t want to just drop weight for the sake of losing it. I would like to be lean and have more muscle. So getting to that goal will take me a bit longer given where I am right now.
People only see weight loss at first. They don’t get everything else that is going on. So when I tell them I want to lose some more, they freak out and claim that would be unhealthy. They don’t really know to ask other questions about your general health since the weight loss is the most notable difference. I just have learned to take it in stride. I have also learned not to share all of my goals with everyone who asks, just because I know that they won’t be able to understand. Just like I have had to learn, others need to learn that weight is not the sole measurement of health. I just tell them thank you for the compliments and that I am just working hard on staying healthy. That’s all that I give them. But inside, I know what my goals are. I know that they are healthy goals. I know that they are obtainable goals.
Just because you are in the gym doesn’t mean you want to lose weight. Just because you workout doesn’t mean you will be anorexic. What it means is that you want to be healthy. You value the body you have been given and want to take care of it so that it will last you as long as possible.
Julie puts it great when she finishes here post with this:
I am in the gym to gain muscle. I am running to build my stamina. I am losing weight to be a better, healthier version of ME.
I say keep going Julie. And never let anyone stand in the way of what you want to accomplish.
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- gillsquirt said: preach!
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- runningwithguts said: So much truth.
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