Thursday, January 14, 2010

fighting the good fight?

Last night at the gym, I pondered what exactly I was doing there.

Like, I know I'm there to lift weights and or do cardio and or stare at other people while they work out.

But really... Why am I mentally exhausted from a day of psychological gymnastics as a counselor, sweating on an elliptical? Why am I not home, eating ice cream or french fries on the couch watching tv and un w i n d i n g?

The media tells us (men & women) we are "supposed" to look a certain way. Then they airbrush the f^*@ out of the advertisements. When we (i) don't match this, we (i) feel like shit. When celebrities get TOO thin, they are chastised; same as when they gain weight or look like us! Our medical professionals tell us we're "supposed" to be a certain weight or BMI, although most of them won't address it with us unless we ask first. We (i) are being programmed to diet and exercise to look like something we (i)will never be. A skinny, long haired, pouty lipped sex vixen with an airbrushed over bellybutton. And then we (i) get to a thinner *healthier* weight and ruin it because: it is sooooo damn hard to maintain...

My question or rather, my thoughts are taking me someplace else with this one. No one knows my body as well as I do. I am listening to HER and not the rest of the world. Genetics are a big part in this. I am not trying to fight what nature has intended for my body. I am merely practicing good health so that 40 years from now, I'm still alive and kicking. Yeah, my mind was fatigued yesterday but I felt a lot better trying to work it out for a bit.

I could have done more than 25 minutes but I also could have gone home and laid on the couch.


Me said...

Actually, the way I think about it, is that those women (celebs...)who are soooooo thin are actually UNhealthy! They don't LIVE, they only maintain.
That is not what I want for myself. I want to LIVE. For a long time. That's why I want to be healthier, to make sure I can live a long time and enjoy that life to the fullest!

Meg said...

I'm with you guys, I exercise to live *healthy* not to live *thin*. I exercise because I like to eat, and I like to be able to walk and move and run and jump without feeling like I'm going to die.

Screw those bellybuttonless skeletons. They don't get to eat cake, I do ^_^