This girl. She’s got a point. When did it become okay to criticize other people’s bodies and automatically assume that they do what they do because they want to be skinny? People freak out once somebody starts doing something different. I didn’t cut the crap food to fit into a size 25 in jeans, I cut the crap food to take care of my body – it is after all the one thing we are stuck with for the rest of our lives.
This is my little sister, she has always been little, and growing up all kinds of professionals, kids and grown-ups found it appropriate to accuse her of having an eating disorder. You don’t feel particularly cool when people think you’re sick, and all you did was growing up. Who said they had the right to assume so? Nobody. ‘Cause they didn’t have the right to say anything. Looking at pictures of our mom and comparing them to her, we found that they look identical. Genetics, guys, genetics. Does that mean she shouldn’t be exercising and shouldn’t be conscious of what she feeds her body? No, of course it doesn’t.
And the exercising, it does come with benefits you guys! Yes it can be annoying having to drag your sorry ass out of the couch just as Home and Away (my fave) is about to start or when you’d like to sleep just a tiny tiny bit longer before uni, but routine gets you going. I automatically get up and do what I always do, and it’s not even annoying anymore – it makes me happy. Sleeping for another 60 minutes isn’t really gonna make that much of a difference to your level of tiredness that day, but moving your body and nourishing it correctly will eventually provide you with energy.
Not to mention, cellulites disappear, stretch marks look less visible. Maybe not all because of the diet (okay, cellulites actually do disappear once you control what you eat), but because you’re not noticing it as much. You start noticing the way the body is responding to the way you’re treating it (I do, for instance, get the worst and most horrible hangovers after I’ve been out – it is a massive struggle) and you start noticing the positive things your body is capable of doing.
I’m not gonna lie though, of course you notice the way your body starts toning up and the way muscles you didn’t know existed appear as the body fat lowers, and I guess that is where it is easy to become obsessed. And that is where good friends and a great support system comes in. Just remember, there is a difference between being worried and between being opinionated – not everyone is striving to be as thin as possible, maybe the “thinness” just came as a result of changing something bad into something better.