Monday, September 10, 2012
Q. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?
A. I am 41. Yes, my thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time.
In my younger years, I didn't give any of these topics much thought at all. Up until my 30's, I thought that weight loss was for those poor people who either obviously ate too much, were lazy, and/or had some sorts of emotional or glandular problems. Thank God that wasn't me. I watched my Mom take 'before' pictures of herself, exercise along with the TV, and go on all kinds of whacky diets in attempts to lose weight...never thinking, "gee - genetics may dictate that I should pay attention here."
Fitness? Whatever. That kind of stuff was for athletic people - "jocks" - a breed with whom I could not relate. Run a mile? Why? Sweating didn't really seem like a very fulfilling past time to me. I like to sing, make music, perform in plays, write, and other intellectual pursuits.
I didn't really give 'wellness' much thought. I had never had any health issues, and didn't anticipate having any, so didn't really give wellness much thought.
All of the sudden, at age 30, however, my body started to change in ways that I found quite unpleasant. Suddenly, I was the one in need of Weight Watchers, diet books, fat free this and that. Whoops. Fitness and wellness still were not things that I though much about until I got pregnant and started reading about all the potential problems that could come with pregnancy in the absence of good nutrition and exercise. I paid attention, and made some attempts at being fit and well for the sake of my precious babies. Between pregnancies, I made attempts to lose weight with all of the popular fad diets and exercise programs of the day - cabbage soup diet, some religious weight loss program through my church, Atkins, Jane Fonda, Cher, and Susan Powter videos, none of it really 'sticking' because those kinds of things just aren't designed to be the "be all/end all" that I wanted them to be.
I wanted to lose this extra weight that I had gained, and go on with my life.
Now, at 41, I'm finally starting to figure out that I'm not going to have much of a life if I don't make good nutrition, fitness and the pursuit of wellness a regular part of it. And, I have a strong desire to teach my children these concepts. My 7 year old daughter is very thin. Already, she is starting down the superficial bloated self-image of "I'm thin, so I'm good." She does very well in school so far, but no so much in gym class. I'd like her to understand that thin does not = well.
While I'm working first and foremost on learning and changing my own life toward being fit and living a healthy lifestyle, I'm also making attempts to pass along what I learn to my children as best I can.