Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dieting

I know that I'm no size-two-super-model or anything remotely close, but is that supposed to make me cry at night? I don't understand why people feel the need to skip meals, binge diet, and starve themselves to the point of anorexia  That's not attractive. Actually, if you're a size two or less, you probably need to eat MORE. A person's body isn't meant to have that little body fat; and, on the other hand, it's also not built to have too much. There's a balance that needs to happen. A person can fluctuate within about a 30 pound range and still maintain a healthy BMI. Regardless, I'm not trying to make anybody feel ugly. I'm just saying that this "craze" of being super skinny and aiming to have a "thigh gap" needs to stop. Instead, people need to focus on being a healthy weight for THEIR body shape, THEIR height, and THEIR metabolism. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. 

That said, I'm hitting the tip of my "I'm a little chubby, but still not 'fat'" scale. But I'm not going on a diet. A "diet" by definition means, "such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight." That's stupid. I'm not going to limit myself with the intention of losing weight. However, I AM going to keep track of what I eat, and remove the bad stuff. For example, I probably won't die if I don't eat chips at 10pm...probably. And I might be able to survive without three cups of coffee. And yeah, I can have a salad instead of pasta. Okay... so maybe I AM on a diet. But not one of those i-cant-eat-anything-good-cuz-im-dieting ones. More like: I want to be healthy, tone, and yet still remain curvy. Let's be honest, I'd rather be fat and have good boobs than be skinny and flat chested. I like my chest; I like my butt. I don't want those to go away. But yeah, that belly pooch can disappear. 

I'm not going to say that I'm going to get to X weight or X size pants. Instead, I'm going to work out and focus on eating more fruits and veggies than pasta and potatoes. I have an idea of where I wanna be, but if my body plateaus before I get to that point, then I don't mind being something different (assuming it's still an average, healthy weight) than what I originally wanted. I would say I'll do this whole "organic food only" thing, but I have about $50 that has to last me a month and a half, so I'm too poor for that diet. However, I'm going to do what I can with what I am given. And, in order to keep myself motivated (and maybe influence somebody in the future), I'm going to log my progress here because, well, it's my blog and I can. 

But this "diet" isn't about numbers or sizes: it's about becoming HEALTHY. Well, quite honestly, it's about fitting this big butt back into those skinny jeans again. Spring is quickly approaching and there are going to be tons of fad diets and propaganda going around. SCREW THEM. All they want is your money. And, seeing as I don't know you (I don't even know if anyone is even reading this), that proves that I don't want your money. I'm not perfect; I'm not a dietitian. And I'm not pretending to be. I'm a normal person who wants to be MORE confident with my body. So I'm going to do something about it. If I work at it for the next couple months, then I'll have a body I'm proud of and I can just work on MAINTAINING it in the future. And, let's not lie, maintaining your weight sounds way more fun than working hard to lose it. So, make the short-term sacrifice in order to get long-term results. 

Who's with me? 

Oh, and in case any of you ARE reading this, and even if you aren't... For my own record, I'm going to attach a picture so that I remember why I'm doing this. One is of me now, and the other is where I wanna be. Getting back to my "high school body" is my goal. (And it's a realistic goal, which is another important thing to remember: Don't initially intend to lose 80 pounds at once. Find an intermediate goal at first, get there, maintain it for a while, and then lose the rest. Don't work your body too hard or you're gonna get overwhelmed and quit early.)

So, short-short-term goal: 10 pounds in two weeks... Ready? ;)