Yesterday I was browsing around Pinterest for fun and as usual stumbled into the health and fitness section. I saw a bunch of repins for “How to Stay Motivated” so I clicked on it. Turns out these weren’t the tips I was looking for.
Below this picture that you see to the left, I saw 36 tips on basically how to lose weight. It gets scary because some of those tips say:
“ 5. Eat ice or gum when hungry. This will make your body think it had food without the calories.”
“9. Wear a rubberband around your wrist. Snap it when you want to eat.”
“13. If you start to feel hungry do sit ups. ”
This guys, is unhealthy thinking. This person’s relationship with food is out of control. (Not attacking the person who repinned this, but questioning the author of the post.) Food is your nourishment – you need calories, vitamins, and minerals from food to SURVIVE. TO THINK. TO MOVE. I don’t normally like to touch on eating disorder topics just because I have not experienced it myself, but I feel the need to just say that losing weight isn’t a game you play with yourself. Don’t trick yourself. Don’t punish your body. You know what will happen? Backfire. Binging. Loss of control. Self destruction. There are consequences.
Because a portion of my readers may be younger girls, I need you to listen to me when I say this – there is no “quick fix” or “magic trick” to getting “skinny”. Nor should your goal be to reach a certain weight or to finally have your hip bones show. Please understand that you health is #1 and if you treat your body right, it will respond how you want it to. You don’t need to take anything to an extreme.
If you want to lose weight , and I know you’ve heard it a million times, you need to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Begin to love veggies and lean protein. Find a workout that makes you sweat AND smile. It is possible to lose the pounds while having fun. Even better, when you’re having a good time, you forget the numbers and the frustration. You begin to focus on how amazing you FEEL. Not look. The look will follow.
As you know, you can lose fat quicker when you begin strength training. The only way you can strength train effectively is by fueling your body with FOOD. YOU MUST EAT! The thing is, you just gotta eat the right foods.
Some of the best bodies in the world eat 5-6 times a day! They even eat before bed! These people workout hard and nourish themselves properly and are rewarded with an amazing physique.
Try driving a car with no gas. It’s not going to turn on. It’s going to break down. Your body is the same. You need fuel to survive and do the things you love. Do not fear food. That is not the culprit. The culprit is a lack of motivation to eat clean and workout hard. Seriously, that’s it. NOT THE FOOD.
Later that day I started a thread on facebook regarding this topic. A lot of thoughtful comments were left, please take a moment to read or even add to the conversation: http://www.facebook.com/blogilates/posts/197366170343988
Someone mentioned that this pin was actually the clean version. Apparently there’s a dirty version that’s floating around (probably on Tumblr) of way extreme tips like “Eat naked in front of a mirror so that you don’t eat anymore” and “When you get hungry, look at disgusting pictures online so you lose your appetite.” I don’t want to attack anyone for having these thoughts because I get it, weight loss is tough, and our society keeps pushing certain images at us that makes us girls want to achieve a certain level of “beauty”. Humans want the quickest and most efficient route to any destination. It’s natural.
If you’re stuck in a rut, feeling like the lowliest person ever because you can’t budge that scale, please understand that you don’t need to enter this world of extremes. Change your mindset, love your body, and give yourself time. Time to adapt to a new healthy lifestyle and time to see the transformation. Appreciate the progression.
You have one life and you should live every moment of it with passion and purpose. Stop focusing on how you look and instead direct that energy onto something you want to get better at. Maybe there’s a talent you want to develop. Maybe there’s a project you really want to lead. Maybe there’s a person you really want to get to know better. Focus on a goal that will make your SOUL happy or fulfilled. Once the soul is content, your mind is calm, and your body is balanced. At this point working out and eating clean are a breeze. Well anything is when you’re happy! So get happy!
In conclusion, (why am I saying “in conclusion??”) when you guys see things like this, acknowledge that they exist and differentiate between what healthy and UNhealthy thinking is. And try to make others aware (politley of course) as much as possible.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. What did you think of that Pinterest post? Do you think it’s uncomfortable? I’d also like to hear from anyone who’s had an ED. What was your experience and how were you able to transition out of this state of mind and finally embrace healthy living? And congratulations by the way – I’m super proud of you.