Saturday, June 15, 2013
As adults, we can become mystified about why girls have unrealistic body ideals. "Can't they ignore the ads and tell that Heroin Chic isn't cool?" we ask. But we're conveniently forgetting how WE felt at their age. Here's a peek at how 11-year-old me thought:
* When I was 5'4" and 105 pounds, I thought I was a huge beast. This is because the popular 5th graders giggled at lunchtimes about anyone over 100 pounds being "fat."
* I read that Cindy Crawford weighed 130, and thought she must be a giant among women, to weigh so much and still look so good.
* I thought that anyone whose belly wasn't concave like Julia Roberts' in "Pretty Woman" had some serious work to do.
* I internalized the line from the Sweet Valley books about the Wakefield twins being a "perfect size six."
* I did many figure drawings of women - and they all had delicate waists, gently curved hips, long legs, and generous busts. Most of my eraser marks were around the waistline.
If you're reading this, I challenge you to make your own list. Take time to recognize how affected you were by media and peer pressure. Then take a moment to realize how far you've come in your thinking. For me, the goal is now fit, not thin. How have your body ideals changed?
Friday, June 14, 2013
It's been 10 weeks since I began my weight loss journey. A quick recap:
* I've dropped 25 pounds
* I've discovered new foods, like blackberries, tilapia, and lime juice (and fallen in love with fish tacos)
* I've learned that swapping from beef to turkey is not only healthier, but cheaper too
* I've banned crackers, chips, and dessert mixes from the house - the temptation to overindulge is too much to mess with
* I've been able to limit myself to proper portions of the above in public
* I've grown stronger calf muscles and a slimmer neck
* I've gained confidence, both in my body and my personal interactions
It can only get better from here - and I couldn't have done it without SparkPeople, and the wonderfully supportive people who make it happen. Here's to 10 more fabulous weeks!
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Perhaps you heard the story last year: British Girl Eats Only Chicken Nuggets. The 17-year-old had spent the past 15 years eating almost nothing but nuggets. She was admitted to the hospital for complications stemming from her limited diet. Were you horrified? I was. I still am. But then I stop and think, "How different have I really been from Stacey Irvine?"
I've also been a picky eater. There it is, black-and-white. Due to a combination of factors - kitchen table traumas, grandma force-feeding me vegetables, etc. - I've grown up with a limited range of foods in my diet.
That's going to change.
Today I've tried blackberries, Greek yogurt, Stubb's BBQ sauce, and a tomato basil tortilla wrap. And you know what? I didn't die. In fact (with the exception of the blackberry bits still stuck in my teeth) I rather enjoyed it. I whipped up two tasty meals that both kept me within my goals, and helped me sample new fare.
Words alone can't express how proud I am of myself. This is Big Stuff.
Many people aiming to get healthy are just battling food addictions. I'm also overcoming lifelong food phobias. I won't be the woman who constantly avoids foods from the "Nuh-uh" List ... I will be the woman who at least gives them a try! And even if I come to love them, I will work to vary them in my diet - not focus on them to the point of chicken nuggetry.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
No, not the show. The office where I work. The eight of us share cube space in the coolest basement around. We recently found ourselves discussing our weight issues and decided to do something about it. Nothing official - sort of an organic happening.
Step One was starting an office edition of "The Biggest Loser." (Not grueling like the actual show; just weigh-ins with percentages.) I wasn't in on the 1st round, but I'm playing in the 2nd. Results should be in tomorrow. The competition and support is amazing.
Step Two has been sharing healthy foods & tips. A local company called FruitMyCube happens to make deliveries. $9.99 nets a small box stuffed full of healthy snacks, like fresh fruit and organic cookies. Besides snacking, we'll also share where to get great low-cal meals and (who's got them on sale). One office buddy hands out eggs and produce too.
But the biggest help has been the encouraging comments. We talk about our ups and downs, what the scale told us today, or how our clothes are fitting, and someone will say, "Great job!" or "Nice work!" There's a lot of high-fiving in our basement.
Friends and family are important in your weight loss/fitness journey, but co-workers can be a surprising source of support, too. Put out some feelers. You might discover someone else in your office who wants to Spark with you!
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