The skinny

17 Jul

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People always tell me, “Oh, but you’re so skinny.” Even though I don’t feel like it. Even though I’m always self-conscious about my belly. Even though I had to size up within the past year.

But that’s not really the point. The point is that when some people say it, they make it sound like I have it so easy. That I don’t have to worry about my calories because I will “always” look good. And it just pisses me the heck off. So, when I read this article on how a woman spent $7800 on losing weight after pregnancy, I’m a little incredulous.

First off, $7800, even over the course of 12 months is a lot of money. Second, she did not exactly follow a diet plan during pregnancy if the Butterfingers are any indication. Third, I’m amazed at the whole tone of blaming the celebrities for perpetuating the myth that women can easily get back to pre-baby shape.

Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that it is one, big, fat lie. I know that pregnancy changes a woman’s body in sometimes unflattering ways. I believe that it will be extremely difficult to get back in shape. Nine months of growing can’t simply be reduced in less time than that. But I never for one minute think that celebrity weight losses are something that I can easily follow. For one thing, they have lots of money to hire someone to yell at them every single day for several hours a day (or an hour a day) to get their butts off the couch. Plus, it’s their JOB. Maintaining their weight is part of their job.

For normal people like you and me, we have to push ourselves to turn off the TV, put away the junk food and slog our way to the gym. It’s just too much effort.

But that’s exactly my point. It takes a lot of freaking work to be in shape. And I don’t think we spend enough time pointing the fingers at ourselves instead of the media, the celebrities, our neighbors or whoever else we can blame. I’m not talking about kids who really have no idea what they’re eating. I’m talking about full-grown, educated adults who should know better.

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My Biology teacher once said: “A minute on your lips, forever on your hips.” And boy, was she right. Whenever I eat that extra french fry (which I had tonight, by the way), I understand the ramifications. Which is why, I will be going to the pool tomorrow to exercise and hit the gym right after to spend a few more minutes cycling. In the old days and I hope they will come again soon, I would train in Muay Thai 2-3 times a week, squeeze in some squash and maybe some swimming. Do I enjoy them? Heck, yeah. But the reason I enjoy them is because I took the time to find something that interests me. Again, with the understanding that if I have to force myself to exercise every single time, then it’s a losing battle. Does it get any easier? Heck, no. It’s intense, it takes time, it costs money but it’s totally worth it.

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People think I don’t struggle because, oh, I’m so skinny, aren’t I. Guess what, I work for it, not just in exercise but also in willpower (which I have been lacking these past few days but I do have it). I’ve also invested a lot of time being active long-term with the understanding that with all the temptation of food, diet alone can’t save me.  I actually have to move my a$$ and it doesn’t have to cost me $7,800, that’s for darn sure and I take responsibility for every pound that I gain.

(Thanks M.P. for pictures 1 & 3. The rest were taken by a photographer during Muay Thai training camp in Thailand.)

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4 Responses to “The skinny”

  1. johqpohq July 17, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    This is absolutely perfect post! I have almost always been size S, but that’s a lot because of my workouts (used to practice dancing around 10 hours/week etc) and the fact that in our family we didn’t eat chocolate every night. Now that I have gained couple kilograms (can’t almost fit in my jeans anymore) and trying to loose it, people around me treat like I’m not thankful enough of what I have and “complaining” for no reason. It’s like they think that people who are already medium size shouldn’t work to achieve anything (because they would then feel bad about themselves for not doing the same?). Frustrating. But lets keep up the good work, thumbs up! 🙂

    • lgc-c July 17, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Thanks! You nailed it about people thinking we’re complaining for *no reason*.

  2. Monica July 17, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I agree!!! This nation over eats! It’s disturbing. Your writing is amazing! The best line is: “if the Butterfingers are any indication…” Rofl!

  3. Cielo V. Capitan July 18, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    With your self-discipline and athletic nature, I’m sure you will successfully maintain your good physique and good health. You can do it!!! 🙂

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