Monday, June 9, 2014

Excuses - Part 2

Something awesome about having lost like a billion 70 pounds the healthy way, meaning changing my diet and exercising, is that people around me in real life and on the interwebz ask me questions and ask for advice. Usually they're totally legit questions I had when I started out as a fat kid with minimal gym experience, but sometimes they make me want to punch my own damn self in the face. Here are THOSE.

I don't want to get too muscular. (I said the SAME thing. Pinky swear.)



It takes a lot of weight lifting and rigid diet management to look beefed up like one of those super muscular, oily bikini competitors. A LOT. You hitting the gym thrice a week and doing 3 reps of 10 bicep curls with 20 lb weights isn't gonna make your tatas go concave. Drinking protein shakes in the morning will not give you ripply back muscles. You will not have man arms, I repeat, you will not have man arms if you lift heavy weights. You know what will happen? You'll lean out. You'll level up to Michelle Obama arms. When you wave, nothing will jiggle - and won't that be a glorious day?

And hey, if you want to have big muscular "man arms", do it. Who am I to say what's beautiful? You do you, baby.

Lift more than the 5 lb weights, y'all. You can start there, but work up to 10, then 15, then eventually you won't even mess with anything less. I use 15s for chest flies and 20+ for the rest of my arm party. My arms aren't man arms, and I lift heavy. I'll never strive to have bulgy muscles, just lean, toned tank top arms so I can wave with the confidence of royalty.



But I don't want to lose my curves. (I also said this.)

The issue isn't with obesity or being overweight, the issue is with defending obesity by calling it "curvy". I'd like to define curvy vs. fat. We're using the f word. FAT. Curvy, when describing a female, means more than one curve. You have wide hips, a smaller waist and a supple bosom - something to that effect. Mountains and valleys. It bugs the everlivin' out of me when women defend their obesity by calling it curvy. I mean, yeah, technically round is a curve. You know what feels a lot better than hiding behind lies you tell yourself? Being healthy and still curvy and feminine. When you lose your excess weight, you'll retain your feminine shape. It's not like you step in the gym and all of a sudden your butt cheeks get sucked up your asshole and you grow chest hair. In fact, if you do it right, you could become more curvy by squattin' what yo mama gave you.

And again, this is meant for girls who defend their obesity by calling it something it's not. If you're technically overweight and you feel great in your skin, then that's excellent. Keep on keepin' on. I can tell you that I personally never felt great in my skin when I was bigger. My boobs were outta control huge and floppy and weird. Now they're better. And lookie there, they didn't go away.

Just in case you think I'm just a big ol' holier than thou meanie, let's not forget that round was once my only curve and I swear to you, I owned 3 lb weights and I used them as if they were going to do anything. I still have them - might bust them out and wear them as earrings now.


Listen, I don't have many "fat" pictures because I hated having my picture taken.
So sorry for the preggo before pic. 
Just subtract 8lbs. 6oz. from what you see there and let's call it a "before".
Deal? Deal.

But I hate drinking water.

I went over this one the last time I talked about excuses people make. Listen, I get that water doesn't have much going for it taste-wise, but it's a necessity. It's one of the most important rules to follow in losing weight. Sometimes you think your body is telling you you're hungry, but really you're thirsty. Why waste calories if you don't have to?

You can ease yourself into drinking water instead of cokes by using water enhancers like Mio. And have you seen what coke does when it's boiled? Or when you pour it into a toilet or on a corroded battery? Not putting that shit in my body, mkaaaaaaaaay.

I can't exercise because my (insert body part here) hurts.

This one is a slippery slope for me. On the one hand, it's important to let injuries heal. On the other hand, are you just being lazy and making an excuse?

When I started running, I had shin splints BAD. Like BAD. My legs weren't used to running yet and even with all the stretching before and after running, my shins felt like they were going to bust out of my legs with every step. What did I do? I iced my shins after running. I stretched more. I did NOT stop. I went slowly alternating between walking and wogging and eased into it with C25K, and eventually they went away.

You can't run because your knees give you trouble? Then swim. You can't lift heavy because you have a shoulder injury? Find a way around it. (Mandatory disclaimer: Ask a pro before you do anything crazy. I'm just some girl who lost a bunch of weight.)

You're young, it's much easier for you to lose weight.

Um, first of all, let's not belittle my accomplishment. Losing 70 pounds at ANY age is awesome, so let's PTFD. Second of all, you're probably right. As people age, women in particular, it becomes more difficult to shed pounds because your metabolism slows. I never said this was going to be EASY, but it will be worth it. The amount of confidence I've gained by losing weight and understanding the legit struggle is insurmountable. You know that saying "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels"? It's true. 

You can lose weight at any age. Start by putting down the donut and picking up some pineapple. Or carrots. Or grilled chicken.

Are there any excuses you hear that drive you nuts? Share them!

5 comments:

  1. I really hate when people say they do not have time. You have time to watch the Real Housewives of wherever then you have time! Ugghhh... What kind of protein powder do you use? I never know which one to pick. Was considering just buying some different brands and testing them out.

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  2. People call me the water police at work, home, etc. I'm convinced every minor ailment (headache, tired, etc.) you might have is because you haven't drank enough water during the day. I get really annoyed when people say they don't like the taste of it either. Really? It tastes like nothing. How do you hate nothing. Great post!

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  3. The water enhancer is a good trick! I used to be an avid soda drinker and I started using MIO in water instead and it's slow going but the weight is coming off! I also count calories (most days) and try to make it to the gym 2 times a week, it's all about baby steps for me. When I crave the bubbles I take one sip of soda to kill the craving and then I go back to water with MIO then I don't feel guilty about it. :) love the blog btw, with your frisky Friday posts I know we'd be besties if I lived in TX!

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