Healthy Eating Meets Rugby Exercises

August 1st (yesterday) marked the first day of two weeks of clean eating, exercising correctly and getting rest.

As I’ve shared before, weight loss is personal but I’m intentionally sharing it with you so I can keep myself honest and on track as I log each day’s progress. Maybe we can both learn from this — you can share pitfalls with me that I can try and avoid and if I’m successful I can share how I’ve lost weight that may be beneficial to someone out there.

Weighing In

Weight: 134.5 lbs
BMI: 25.3 (“overweight”)
Weight loss goal: 120 – 125 lbs

You Are What You Eat

Are you a Fruity Pebble treat (a modification of Rice Krispies treat) or an Arugula Pear salad?

Fruity Pebble Treats
Arugula and Pear Salad

I was the Fruity Pebble treat but last night I was the spicy, peppery Arugula Pear salad. And while I think I may have enjoyed the treats for a little longer, the fluorescent-colored, corn syrupy sweet treat made its way to the trash can. After consuming a clean meal I’m aware that my tongue is not coated in a film of muck (likely from the corn syrup) that repeated on me when I “enjoyed” a sweet treat.

Clean eating, I think, is going to alter what I believe is a “sweet treat.” Adios corn syrup!

Exercising with Rugby Girls

diet versus exercise

Now this is a ratio I could get used to.

For yesterday’s exercise it was mostly abs (bleeuch) and arms (yay!).

Deltoid muscle
Hello Muscles!

But I left the cardio and strengthening of the legs out. Today is the first official practice for the Tempe Women’s Rugby Team and I know that I’ll return home unable to walk. But I’ll love it.

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The Other Side Of The Scale – Our American Bodies

We go to extremes. Love. Hate. Right. Left. Anorexic. Morbidly Obese.

I went to one extreme with my blog post — “Imperfect Body.” My teeth were on edge as I felt saturated with images of much-too-thin women being dubbed as having the “perfect body.” Now that I have ground down one of my canines and spoke with my better half, I’m reminded that there is another side to this. Another extreme.

The Other Side Of The Scale

gold scales of justice While the images we see are of thin women (and men) the reality is that 1 and 3 adults in the United States is obese1.

1 in 3 adults is obese.

I’m not a numbers person myself but I thought that bears repeating.

If we put all the anorexic and bulimic individuals on one side of the scale and obese and morbidly obese on the other scale the larger people, we would think — both statistically and physically –, would tip the scale. But maybe anorexic and bulimic is the far left but morbidly obese is the far right, and perhaps, obese is becoming more of the norm.

Going back to the numbers 1 in 200 American women suffers from anorexia2 and under 6% of Americans are morbidly obese3.

Dammit. As I said I’m not a numbers person but I don’t know how many people were polled to provide us with the stat 1 out of 200 women or under 6% of Americans are morbidly obese. Perhaps they balance out the scale and both are, in fact, extremes. But I did fuzzy math and while men are not accounted for in the stat provided and with the line being really hard to distinguish from obese and morbidly obese, I think that in actuality that morbidly obese people have, in fact, tipped the scales.

Oh look! A rabbit hole! Let’s just jump right in there and never find our way out.

Where Does That Leave Us?

What I do not understand is how we’re able to saturate our media and consume that the perfect body is a sickly-thin woman (or man) but as a whole we’re at the other end of the spectrum at morbidly obese.

women body types

Depicted here are three models. Anna is the ideal women for men (of those polled for this British study), Caroline is the national average but Tillie is the woman’s ideal body type for themselves. None are morbidly obese but none of these women are a stick-thin as Little Miss Perfect, either.

Something does not add up.

Weight Lost, Weight Gained

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had body perception issues, have dieted to fit into a smaller outfit and exercised to gain muscles. I’m sure we all have some weight that we’d like to lose. I also recognize that there are people with thyroid issues and the weight gain/loss is more than a psychological disorder (as is anorexia and bulimia).

I also recognize that weight loss is personal based on on own goals. I just want to stress one message: balance.

You know, be healthy. Aim for the middle. Not too skinny, not too fat, just right. And “right” should be what you determine it to be, not the media’s depiction of “perfect.”

Enjoy your food (mostly healthy with the occasional fried, sweet or salty treat), enjoy some exercise but let’s not kill ourselves either. And for crying out loud, keep all that nourishment in your body.

Starting With Myself

As I cap off this post, I know that I’m dipping my toe into “overweight” based on my BMI, so I start this month off with a 2-week challenge to maintain a balance lifestyle of eating healthy, exercising and reducing stress. And on occasion enjoy a sweet treat. Stay tuned.

References:

  1. Living Large: Obesity In America | NPR
  2. Eating Disorders Statistics | SCDMH
  3. Obese Americans now outweigh the merely overweight | Reuters