I actually HATE the word skinny! I hate it as much as I hate the word fat. I always have and most likely always will. Let me explain.
Growing up, I was very active. I participated in multiple sports, FFA, F.I.L.E., my Church, and many contests for public speaking. At one point my father or mother tracked my caloric intake during the peak of my junior year. I was eating 10,000 calories a day! Literally. I don’t know how my family kept from going broke.
Breakfast was usually some hot cereal with butter and brown sugar, a glass of juice and a glass of milk, a multi-raw egg smoothie (because dad was doing it for his running and such, so would I), two large school lunches, mega snacks right after school, a HUGE dinner, and whatever else I could find. I was a PIG… and I was SKINNY!
When I say skinny… I mean NO CURVES, NONE. (Well, I did have some lovely calves.) No butt, no hips, no chest (even with a padded training bra), nothing. A skinny girl with short hair and braces! To the point that during long jump at a track meet, a classmate thought it would be funny to register me as one of the boys… The track official didn’t even notice the different uniform! I hated to buy clothes because nothing fit and it all fell off because of how I was built. (My dad would go shopping for clothes without me to save me the frustration.)
Everyone used to comment how “skinny” I was! Meanwhile my mom was struggling with weight in the other direction, wishing she had my metabolism.
Fast forward to grown-up life. Post college and all its intermural sports, the walking to class, and the dancing the night away. LIFE… and 200+ pounds.
I want to tell you, you can be healthy, look great and be happy and NOT be skinny!
Today, I am at 145 pounds. I’ve been told that my ideal weight is 135, but I am comfortable, happy, and healthy at 145. The extra 55 pounds didn’t make me fat… they made me sick and unable to function.
By making smart choices, healthy choices, by choosing foods and supplements that SUPPORT my health and eliminating the poor choices… many of the aches and pains, the need for my prescription meds, the inability to participate in things all went away and all the extra weight went away too!
I am thankful for friends who showed me healthier ways. Thank you Betsey for guiding and teaching. The research I am seeing today states that losing just 10% of your body weight (when overweight or obese) could GREATLY impact your health! Its time to get started!
Contact me, when you are ready to begin making healthier choices! We can discuss the best route for your needs!
As my dad used to say, all. the. time. “Zig Ziglar says, Keep on, Keepin’ on!”
Fun post, Tess! Wish I could have known you as a kid. Thankful to know you now! Your blogs are interesting and motivational because they come from reality, offer HOPE and solutions. And you are doing a lot of good in your work. Keep on keepin’ on!!
Thank you, Pamela! It was great to be able to eat everything in sight and not worry about it… It is also very eye opening as an adult to look at my eating habits from my youth.