Friday, October 8, 2010

I've been thinking

A journalist contacted me this week to ask if she could interview me about my "struggles" with weight because she's writing an article about fat dietitians (my words-not hers). She sent me a few questions to ponder and I actually pondered. I decided that I no longer consider my weight to be a "struggle" issue. I'm not thinking about losing weight any more. I'm healthy. Healthier than a lot of skinny people I know. I'm sure there are evil things happening deep in my body-I'm getting old and I do have to die one day and I expect I'll die from "something". But I don't have any of the usual maladies associated with obesity and/or aging. A few aches and pains in the morning but they go away quickly. And maybe a few grey hairs but that's not from being fat. I do want to continue to eat the way I know I should be eating-meaning lots of plant foods and lots of water and happy amounts of cheerful foods like ice cream and fried chicken and pizza.
Losing weight probably won't do anything for me. Blood pressure and blood sugar are normal. Cholesterol is fine. Back doesn't hurt. Feet don't hurt. Legs don't hurt. I'm agile and fleet of foot. If I lost weight, my chin would hang more, my butt would wiggle more, my boobs would hang even lower. What's the point?
So I thank her for sending me those questions. Bye bye dieting. Bye bye restriction. Now if I could just be more mindful----

6 comments:

Edible Nutrition said...

Well said!

Cindy said...

I am so glad to hear that I'm not the only one with this struggle! Sometimes you can do all that you are "supposed" to do, and it makes no difference to the scales.

Nikolai said...

This is such a good point

Kitchenette said...

very well said....

karensomethingorother said...

just passing by here, happily hitting the "next blog" button..did she REALLY say she wanted to do a book on "fat dietitians?!?" Holy crap. Brutal. I don't diet anymore. I feel quite passionate about it. Good post!

Larissa Explains said...

Im a dietetics student and I really admire you. I came from classes where a group of eight girls would share a bowl of celery sticks and walk half a mile across campuses to get to class. Ive always been normal sized and always aware of what I eat, but at 130 pounds and 5'8 inches I was the fattest girl in the entire program. Its nice to know not all dietitians are expected to be hungry and scrawny.