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Recently after a workout at the gym, I was speaking to two of the women who attended the class with me. I mentioned I was working with the trainer to lose weight. She said, “I started working with the trainer to GAIN weight” and I thought “you bitch!” (I did not say it, but I thought it loudly). But it made me realize- there are many reasons people decide to work up a sweat. Not everyone wants to buff up or slim down. Some people have different goals. And those goals are what push people to get fit.
There’s more to fitness than just weight loss. Any change in physical activity improves health. One study found that excise improved the health and cognitive function in elderly overweight patients, and that excise alone was as successful as changing diet AND fitness levels (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24787497). It appears that just breaking a sweat is enough to improve life and make aging less a less sucky endeavor. Working with weights can also improve bones and balance, so as you get older you can worry less about falling down and breaking a hip. There are way more benefits of exercise than simple weight loss.
The Mayo Clinic lists 7 health benefits of exercise (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389). Reducing depression, better heart health, and better sleep are all listed as benefits. Of course, weight loss is listed as #1. But motivating yourself to move needs to be more about just your waistline. There will always be a bad week- your work your ass off (you hope literally), eat well, and do everything right. And the scale.will.not.budge. But even if you stay fat (or, as people say now, “curvy”), there are so many other things you get from a good sweat session. Sometimes you need more inspiration than just “I’m fat. . . I need to be less fat!”. Knowing that I can sleep a little sounder, or have a stronger heart, is worth continuing to sweat it out.
And so we come back around the woman who came to the gym to gain weight. I go to the gym to lose weight, gain muscle, and be a fitter fatty. But some people come for the complete opposite reason I do. And having any goal is great. Seeing anyone consistently at the gym, and seeing their progress, helps inspire you. So yes, I am fat, and yes, she is skinny (and together we make a normal sized person), but we can both congratulate each other on our progress. And sometimes a little perspective is all you need to change your drive. So good job skinny lady at the gym- may your workouts make you more fat!
This week, a very unfortunate conversation occurred at work. Fad diets became the hot topic. Sugar cleanses. Juicing. Atkins. Paleo. Keto. Carb free. Raw food diet. Cranberry juice cleanse. Cabbage soup diet. Many of these diets are temporary-no one can live on cabbage soup for a lifetime. And juicing is fun until there’s cake. Then, […]
Up until the start of this year, I had given up on the gym. Not on exercise (I meander along pretty often just fine at home), but I knew I was going to need a bit of a push to help me lose more weight. So back to the gym I went. And once there, […]
My husband and I just recently decided to join a gym. Yes, fatty has a husband. And yes, you should probably feel bad for him- being married to me is no picnic. Or maybe TOO MUCH of a picnic- I am a fatty for a reason. So, anyway- we decided to join a gym. […]
Sorry guys- this is a blog for the ladies. But feel free to read on. And I guess the info might help you. . . some men may need to wrangle their man-boobs as well. I guess some similar concepts could apply. . . So, you’ve decided to start your fitness journey. But you […]
Want a humbling experience? Stay in a place the puts a mirror directly across from the shower. As you step out of the shower you see a chubby, naked monster coming to devour your children. Only to realize- oh, hey, that’s me! And I’m fresh out of children to sustain myself on! And, of course, […]
I’ve been gone for too long. I realized when I looked in the blog that it had been more than a year since I had written anything, and I knew it was a bad thing. People need to be inspired by my failures! Who doesn’t feel better about themselves when watching other people fail? So […]
Dates: a food ancient people loved and considered a sweet treat. High in iron, B-6, fiber, and Magnesium- they’re also good for you. So a good for you fruit seems to be a great snack option, right? Well, that’s all good and fine if dates were delicious. But on their own they are not. They’re […]
Breakfast- the foundation of a good day. But when you are employed full time (or are incredibly lazy, both of which I happen to be), it can be difficult to find time to make something each morning. I have found that including protein into my breakfast makes me feel full for longer, and also keeps […]
Television. The thing that normally keeps me (and most people) from doing anything healthy. The thing that helped me become my wonderful blubbery self. Sitting in front of the TV with a tub of ice cream? Of course, what else do I have to do? So why talk about it regarding health? Because it’s my […]