Why did I name this blog Skinny in the Real World? Well duh, I want to be skinny… But if I’m being honest, I want to be healthy more than anything. This is sometimes a struggle in my daily life; my version of the “real world” if you will.
I’m not a nutritional expert. I’m just a busy chick like you, trying to change up my life to make healthier choices that stick! As a nurse I know what to do, but making it happen is not always easy. I’m really good at making excuses!
If your schedule looks anything like mine, and I’m sure most of yours does, then you don’t have time to live at the gym. And working out at home sucks too. How am I supposed to clear my mind in down dog with an actual dog crawling under my legs? Come on, she’s a beast!
You can starve, you can barf, or you can even take a tapeworm. I recommend none of these things, as they do NOT lead to health. They only lead to the goal of being skinny, and maybe death. There’s a big difference between skinny and healthy.
If the quick fixes aren’t a healthy option, then what do we do? We make lifestyle modifications that we can incorporate into our daily living. I know, I know, I know. If I hear someone tell me about “lifestyle modifications” again I might throat punch them. But we seriously have to shift our mind set from “skinny” to “healthy”.
Changes made based on the desire to be healthy are much more likely to stick than crash dieting for esthetic reasons. When we get skinny, we tend to stop whatever we were doing once we get there. Then we plump up again.
On the other hand, when we achieve health, we usually continue the modifications that got us there! Why? Because we care about our health and want to maintain it! This desire doesn’t end when you reach a certain goal. Health isn’t a number on a scale or a pant size!
When we do it right, with changes that are realistic for us to do forever, we will find success. We feel amazing. We maintain healthy patterns. And then we’re skinny anyways. It’s a side effect of our health!
These changes are not easy at first. We have spent years conditioning our bodies to love garbage. Yeah that’s right, we were not born craving a pizza and a beer. Sorry, we just weren’t. Un-conditioning those cravings takes time. For some it takes specific interventions, which we will touch on at a later date.
Acclimating ourselves to a workout schedule takes time too. But, we must incorporate both healthy eating and exercise to really have optimal health.
Eventually it is no longer our “struggle” for health. It’s our life. It is second nature. We reach for the apple instead of the Doritos. Not because we’re maxed out on calories for the day, but because it is actually what we want. Oh to get to that day!
All of this to say, it’s really not about being skinny. How we look in our clothing is one specific factor, and it’s ok to use that as a benchmark. But health is the real objective!
I’m committing to changing my food patterns one day at a time. Some big steps, some baby steps. I’m committing to moving my rear end! You won’t find me at cross-fit 5 days a week, because that’s not my journey. If it’s yours, God Bless! I’m going to cheat and I’m going to stumble. But I’m going to do it! I’m going to celebrate my small victories along the way. (And I’m going to love my body in a bathing suite).
Are YOU ready to be skinny in YOUR real world? (I of course mean healthy) If yes, I’d love to hear from you! I will post some tips, some successes and some epic fails I make along the way. And I’d love to chat about YOUR struggles and successes! So please feel free to post them or send them my way.