I read a quote somewhere that went something like this:
“You will never regret reaching your goal. You will only regret giving up and not trying harder.”
And you know what? I think that quote resonates just as much for health and wellness as it does for me, this blog and my new career. Somewhere along the line, I realized that what my momma taught me as a kid about healthy eating was valuable. And apparently not common sense. And much more difficult to put into practice than, as a child, I could have understood.
So here I am, not on a diet, not on a weight loss journey… but instead trying to live a happy, healthy life. Trying to go from “skinny-fat” to fit. I don’t have all the answers. I’m not a fitness guru. And even though I’ve made the decision to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian, I have a lot to learn. Luckily, I have a natural curiosity when it comes to health and a passion for sharing what I learn.
I hope you will laugh and learn with me along the way. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you think about this blog, to share your own stories or to suggest new topics. Just shoot me an email at [email protected].
The Story Behind “SkinnyFat”
I’ve always had a thin build, and that can probably be attributed to a combination of good genes and healthy habits put in place by my mother.
My mother had many “rules” to make sure my sisters and I stayed healthy. If we wanted to watch TV after school, we had to do so while eating a piece of fruit. Only “junky” cereals were allowed on the weekends. We only had soda during birthday parties (or other family gatherings) or when we occasionally went out to eat (which was only once or twice a month). Every night, our meal included a vegetable side dish that we had to eat before leaving the table.
My mother was also a big proponent of cutting the TV watching short and urged us to play outside. I participated in high school sports, even though I was awful, and took up yoga in college. But being athletic has never been one of my strengths. Hence, where I’m at today.
I joked at work one day about how out of shape I was (well, am) even though I appear thin and fit. One of my co-workers called me “skinny-fat” and, at first, I was utterly offended. But once I let his words sink in, I realized how true it was. Even though I was “skinny” on the outside, I was “fat” on the inside. And that’s not a healthy way to live.
So with that in mind, SkinnyFatLife is a blog about my transformation from a life of “but I look healthy” excuses to one where I am truly happy, healthy and fit.
SkinnyFat (adj): having a small build but zero muscle and probably love handles