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Fitness and Health Nut

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sometimes non scale victories are implicit and subtle acknowledgments from strangers.

Back in my obese days, I loathed the thought of exercise. You'd never catch me with a thighmaster or a Jane Fonda workout video! I swore that I'd never eat carrots and celery for lunch.

"Life is too short to eat rabbit food!" was my motto.

Oh, how things have changed.

The other day I was in a shopping center. I stopped to browse a section of fitness videos that caught my eye. One of the store employees came up to me and said, "Looking for a new fitness DVD?" She was a young, pretty girl who herself was very fit. The way she asked the question was a snap judgment that I looked like someone who regularly enjoyed and had a collection of workout DVDs. We had a brief chat about the videos we liked, and our enthusiasm for fitness bands.

When I was in a kitchen shop, I browsed a selection of cast iron dutch ovens. The saleswoman and I talked about the things you could make in one. Somehow we got on the topic of bread baked in a dutch oven. She said, "I shouldn't eat so much bread because I need to lose a few pounds." She paused and then continued, "You don't have that problem, though." It caught me off guard. I responded, "Oh, we all have to watch what we eat." She smiled and nodded in agreement.

I still don't have a thighmaster, but I have a pilates bar. Jane Fonda workout videos have become Jillian Michaels instead. Carrots and celery aren't the only things I eat for lunch, but they are a part of lunch or a healthy snack.

"Life is too short to eat crap," is my new motto.

Sometimes I look in the mirror and all I can see are my flaws. While I don't base what I do on the opinions of others, it is nice that people who never knew me as overweight subconsciously acknowledge that I have transformed myself into what I wanted to be.

A fitness and health nut, and proud of it.
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    Although you are taking a semi-retirement break from Spark, these blogs will still be here to serve and others as a testament to how much one can change and what a radical difference it makes to all areas of your life!


    1823 days ago
    Good on you....it's never easy to see ourselves as others see us, our self-image is rooted in so many things from the past.

    The real question becomes, what sorts of gadgets and videos will you have 20 years from now!
    1824 days ago
    Wow, that's awesome! I'm one of those people that eats healthy food but still looks like she frequents McDonald's!!! Hahaha... well, I'll get there. :)
    1824 days ago
    You are great! I love this blog. How wonderful to be getting such natural positive reinforcement from perfect strangers and how gracious of you to handle it so beautifully!
    1824 days ago
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