Monday, October 01, 2012
I defy the norm. It was my positive body image that caused me to ignore the added pounds.
Before BMI we had height & weight charts on the doctor’s wall. At 5’6” the range was 117-154. In high school I was at the lower end and always assumed I had a “small frame.” Gradually I decided that was wrong and by retirement I was content with my “large frame.”
During each of 3 pregnancies in my 20s, I gained exactly 25 lbs. Back in the day that was the upper limit. If you were on a pace to gain more than that, the doctors and nurses would actually yell at you. Of course we also drank coffee, ate chocolate, alcohol was OK in moderation and so was smoking, although my book did advise women to cut down. Fortunately, I never smoked and when I realized the amount of calories in alcohol, I quit that too. I didn’t want to push that weight limit. I lost all my baby weight within 6-8 weeks of giving birth.
Then life happened and the pounds gradually piled on. In my 30s I decided I had a medium frame. The only negative comment I remember was at a family gathering when my aunt remarked to my mother, “ooh, Eileen got FAT!” Looking around the room, I responded, “Compared to WHOM?” See, no body image problem here.
Fast forward 2 more decades and my now LARGE frame was edging into the officially overweight category. Finally, I was beginning to express concern. However, American society had been gaining weight at a faster pace then I was and I was told not to worry because I could “carry it.” .
Finally I decided I didn’t want to carry it anymore. While skipping dessert made sense, most of the popular diets sounded wrong to me. I didn’t have any dieting history, but I sure knew that I couldn’t stick to any of them.
I had always been active so my only option was to analyze and change my eating habits. Fortunately, my running forum had a “healthy eating” group and although it took nearly one year to lose 20+ lbs, here I am approaching my 3 year anniversary of maintenance (132-135). No, I’m not trying to get back into the 120s. Maybe it’s that lifetime habit of being content with not being perfect, but I’m OK right where I am. However, I intend to keep tracking and paying attention. I don’t want those extra pounds to sneak up on me again.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
That was a 1960s movie and popular song. It’s also fits my exercise plan.
No, it’s not a religious thing. I just take one day a week to give my body a complete rest and Sunday seems to fit in well.
It’s not that I don’t move at all, although I must admit to several hours on the couch during football season, but my fitness tracker is empty. I may take a stroll with DH or take a leisurely canoe ride together. We live on a lake. Considering our pace and the time spent being still and observing wildlife, both on land and in the marsh, it’s not about the calorie burn.
It’s time taken to recharge - body, mind, soul and spirit.
Wishing everyone a good day, regardless of how you choose to spend it.
Friday, September 28, 2012
We don’t want to live our lives in fear, but a few precautions may prevent us from being the lead story on the local news.
When out running or walking, it’s easy to get lost in the moment especially when listening to music. Several very popular SP threads involve favorite workout tunes and these are not confined to indoor sessions. I regularly see women with headphones oblivious to the world around them.
This is personal for me since my daughter, then a college freshman, was out running one Sunday morning when a guy jumped out of a parked car and grabbed her from behind. She fought him off and ran to the nearby 7-11 where she found a police car. They cruised around, found the guy and he was taken into custody. What if he had chosen a weaker or slower victim?
So, please be aware of your surroundings and be careful out there.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
This ends my 3 day ‘trilogy’ on self image and comments made on my body parts.
The first was from my teenage son, the second from a rude stranger and finally from a medical professional.
Was my doctor using a nice euphemism for ‘thunder thighs’? Well, no, but he did observe what I was always aware of. While no way overweight back then, I certainly put the ham in hamstring. No bird legs here.
There was a positive side to this growing up. I could ride a bike, far and fast and I was a kickball star, usually chosen before most of the boys when sides were chosen. However, the low waist, hip hugger, tight thigh, bell bottoms of my youth were a problem and it was obvious that modeling would never be a career option.
Science has begun to research difference body types. So if you’re in my category, you may be interested in this article. It addresses women as well as men.
I sure liked the title
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