I never once said, ‘Be Skinny!’

It’s not often that I find myself both lost for words and also overwhelmed with thoughts.

This is one of those times. As I’m reading the news this morning, while sipping my coffee ( I know coffee is so bad for me) I stumble across a headline,

“Dreaming Big: NJ Lady’s 1,000 pound fantasy”

Then I come to discover that at already well over 500 pounds Donna Simpson’s goal is to be the fattest woman in the world.

Yet, she’s not sure how realistic that goal is because she does have a 3 year old and household to run.

All the while, I feel pain in my heart as this woman talks and tries to convince either the readers, the reporters, or herself that she’s happy in her life.

To be honest, I’d be thrilled if people wanted to send me gifts all the time, give me their credit card number to buy things…but not at the cost of killing myself.

I forgot she also believes that all the diseases that are associated with being overweight, aren’t really true, at least that’s what I understood as her opinion in this interview. Yet, she already has diabetes and fibromyalgia, imagine the luck she must have if these diseases aren’t associated with being over weight.

Even now, I’m lost for words, but have thoughts flying through my head at the speed of race cars.

I never once told anyone they had to be skinny, I don’t believe in that as much as I don’t believe in being obese. Despite having struggled her entire life dealing with a weight challenge, I feel this is an attempt at giving up, it’s not accepting herself as she is, as she so admits.

You have a 3 year old. Is any of this worth not being able to see her grow up?

You can watch her interview here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Skinny Fat

Whoa! Two words that aren’t usually put together. And when they are people are worried about the feedback they’ll get from it.

Here’s the truth…just because you’re skinny does not mean you’re healthy and fit.

I’m writing a little bit about this for a friend of mine, she’s funny, she’s sarcastic, she’s like my little sister, she’s attractive, she’s thin, but in her own words (not mine, although I’m familiar with the term) she’s skinny fat.

For the first time since I’ve known her ( and that’s been over 10 years), she’s taken huge steps to better her health and fitness.

She quit smoking.

She started eating better.

She started running.

She wants to start weight training.

BUT…

She’s getting a lot of ridicule from friends and family, asking her while she’s bothering? Which brings me to the point of this post.

Just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you’re fit and healthy.

Being fit is more the knowing that you can accept any physical (or mental) challenge proposed to you. You can tackle it without any observation.

When you’re fit you know you can take the stairs, sounds simple, but most people can’t.

When you’re fit you feel healthy, you feel alive, you feel strong, and you have energy.

I’ve always tried to fall back onto this one phrase I heard a long time ago, ‘Nothing tastes as good as lean and fit feels.’

Although the two comparisions are almost unequal, comparing food to a 5k or a max effort deadlift. I’m not saying they are the same, but when you know you’ve worked really hard to accomplish something, you tend to walk away from those flavorful temptations.

You know you worked really hard, so why ‘ruin’ it with not eating properly. Fitness and nutrition support each other 100%.

Ironic? Perhaps.

Nonetheless, if you know someone who is trying to better themselves, make themselves stronger, even if you don’t think they need to, be supportive.

Proper exercise and nutrition go a long way.

Get out of the rut, give it a try, it might just be eye-opening.