Fit Not Thin

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I know that in the past few months I’ve slipped a little on my fitness. I’ve still got a strong appreciation that I can use my body after the accident, but there were a bunch of reasons I just lost motivation. You could say they’re excuses, maybe they are, but they’ve impacted not only my motivation but the way I felt about myself. I started reverting back to old ways, attempting to cut out food and give myself tiny portions, which made me absolutely miserable. I hated having to log everything and feeling guilty if I went out for dinner.

I like food, a big part of hanging out in my office revolves around the local burger place and I don’t have to tell you that sitting and eating some rice and possibly chicken if my calories will allow it is no fun when the guys are tucking into some beautiful burgers. I have the willpower, I’ve done it before but back then I didn’t mind, it was the only way I could control my body and the way I looked, now I have a little more scope for fitness and less time to faff around with calorie numbers.

I came to the conclusion that I need to separate being thin and being fit. I’ve been self conscious about weight since I was bullied at school. I was not fat, not at all, but I had a little puppy fat and most of the popular girls in my year were naturally very thin, I had curves and was frequently told to go to weight watchers. I used to get stressed about food, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t now sometimes. I don’t like salad and fruit on its own makes me really nauseous (no idea why, it just does), so eating lunch at school was a nightmare. Now it’s better I can eat vegetable soup or something where the veg is in a sauce (I know, I’m like a baby) but then I could eat the mush from the canteen or my packed lunch, that was it. I fretted and stressed because I didn’t have a ‘perfect body’ and hid under baggy clothes and jumpers whenever I could. Part of this was teenage insecurity, honestly though the picture below from my 15th birthday I hated and thought I was ‘fat’, I very clearly wasn’t.

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Anyway, back to the focus of this post. I realised I had some of these thoughts again, panicking and stressing about food all the time, it’s not fun and it’s not how I want to spend my life. I’m going to focus on being as fit as I can whilst recovering from my spine still. I don’t want numbers to dominate my life, because I’ve been there and it doesn’t always create the right results. I refuse to let myself have scales in my house because I know I’ll just get obsessed with some numbers and a BMI chart, where’s the fun in that? So there it is I’m going back to the gym, the workouts and just wanting to be as fit as I can.

4 thoughts on “Fit Not Thin

  1. Chloe Smith says:

    I think that is a great way to think about the way you eat and exercise! And it’s given me some motivation in myself. I want to be thinner but I would happy at just fitter; being able to climb the steep hills around where I live without becoming out of breath after two steps!

    And the calorie counting is something I have had experience with. I’d always try and eat a bit less in one meal so I could treat myself to a can of coke or a bar of chocolate. But I love food as well.

    I praise the way you are thinking about this and I hope that it works out for you. The right mentality is what will get you where you want to be. It would be interesting to see the progress that you make.

    FYI: You were definitely not fat when 15! πŸ˜€

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    • chloemetzger says:

      Thanks so much Chloe! It’s hard and I’m the first to admit that at times I get caught up in the ‘why am I not thinner’ mentality and let it impact my food but hopefully I can have a healthier outlook.

      Thanks so much for reading.

      Also, I know that now, sadly my 15 year old self didn’t feel that way!

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