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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.
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    You hit the nail right on the head with this one. Kudos to you for recognizing the hard work your friends have been up to all these years instead of shrugging it off as a metabolic fluke like some people do. Good luck on your journey! emoticon
    2407 days ago
  • DBEAU57
    You are so right! It takes a lot of work to hold on to a slender body. I watch my son and his wife struggle with it now that they have hit their mid-30s. They were both always very thin, but now they have to work at it to keep it!
    2411 days ago
    Mentally you are one of them already.
    2412 days ago
    That was a great blog, and a great observation. I had the very same observation about a friend who split lunch with another, when she sure didn't need. Now I have an entirely different opinion on food selection when eating out. Funny how your perception changes, after your mind and body have changed.
    Way to go! You're going to enjoy looking back in 16 years, that's for sure. And so will I!
    2412 days ago
    Lately, I have been feeling as tho our Perception controls our life and it can be changed as you just changed your perception of your friends genetic/earned bodies.

    This is so powerful!

    On bad days when I have trouble with my mood and can not be in control of my thoughts -My new perception is that This (mood) will pass and I will be able to control again, soon. Realizing this lightens my mood (slightly, lol) and makes me feel in control even when Im not.

    You are gonna be so successful.
    2515 days ago
    awesome blog!
    2525 days ago
    I think from now on instead of feeling jealous of my fit friends I'll replace it with respect for them for accomplishing what I have in the past failed to do.
    Thank you so much for this blog!
    2534 days ago
    very insightful , good luck on your journey emoticon
    2534 days ago
    Nice observations.
    2534 days ago
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