Open Apology to my Skinny Friends...
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
I get it now! I have these two skinny friends...I called them exercise anorexics to describe just how thin these two ladies are to my less skinny friends. It creates the image of a lean look without puffy areas. I don't always see them eating, but when I do, they are super careful about what they eat. I see one of them pull the bread to hollow out the burger buns, blot the napkin on the pizza, and pull off the crust. I see them choose green juice over ice cream treats, and salads over anything else on the menu. One of them asks if the samosas are fried before deciding not to order them.
Both of them exercise an awful lot more than anyone should want to exercise. Hence, the description of them as exercise anorexics. They are not anorexic. They are healthy. They are working hard to maintain their health. They are making choices to put good food into their bodies, and taking in just enough calories without splurging, every single day for the entire time that I have known them--almost sixteen years.
In sixteen years, that is going to be me! I know now; it is hard work! It is not the easy road to make healthy eating choices. I used to wonder why my skinny exercise anorexic friends didn't just take advantage of their good genetics and eat whatever tastes great since they have those bodies that everyone envies.
I owe them an apology. I know now that they didn't have those bodies for the past sixteen years because of genetics. They worked for it every single day for the entire time that I have known them. I watched them doing it right under my nose, and it took me walking in their shoes, making the same choices, to finally see that they have earned their bodies every day.