Is there anything cuter than pinchable, kissable, chubby baby thighs? We go through great lengths to make sure our little cherubs stay chunky and 'healthy' looking. So why do we beat ourselves up if we don't look like bikini models at 40 and 50?
During nursing school I had choices- take care of my family, work, go to school and STUDY? Or...take care of my family, work, go to school and log in 10-15 miles a week on my runs. Studying won out. Priorities.
Exercise always holds a place of priority in my life, but I had to drop my level of intensity, and the duration of my workouts. I exercised enough to maintain my energy levels and my health, but not enough to keep the skinny butt. (The vending machine near the lecture hall didn’t help…what’s up with those anyway? Why are they filled with junk? I’m not expecting celery and tofu, but Snickers is NOT a meal replacement.)
How far do we go? Well, if exercise becomes a life obsession, soley for the purpose of another person saying we look great- but deep down we are miserable and the red velvet cake is instilling thoughts of a binge and purge fest- FUGGETABOUDDIT. This subject does indeed get my Brooklyn up. Why do people always equate looking good with weight loss? It really is ok to look 'regular'. I think the media is catching on...take a look at the real looking people in commercials these days.
As a responsible health and fitness advocate I add this: Check with your physician and learn your body mass index, and what a healthy weight is for your height and frame.
If you are overweight take strides to be healthy by modifying your diet and taking gradual steps to build stamina and embark on a regular exercise routine. It really does work! Anyone who has stopped with the junk food snacks and put more physical activity in their lives has seen the results. Make it a lifestyle and the results will last a lifetime.