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I try to express that I'm disappointed in my habits. I say "this isn't good for me. I really ought to eat something better." Every single time the response is "Whatever. You're skinny. You can afford to eat whatever you want." As if skinny = healthy. Apparently, for the same reason, I don't need to excercise.

And then they don't understand why that response would annoy me.

I'm not suffering from poor body image. I think I look fine. But I am suffering from poor body . . . ability? I dunno. When I got back from New Zealand, I was full of energy and could walk for hours without feeling it. (I was also skinnier than I am now, but that worries me far less. I'm just back to where I was before I left the country.) I don't do anything now, and I know that the trails that I conquered overseas would be far more difficult for me now.

I must become more active. I must eat better. I must also punch irritating people in the face.

Unfortunately, the first two options are only slightly more likely than the third.
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From:bitchiekittie
Date:February 27th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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the thing is, people don't differentiate between the two, ESPECIALLY if it's a woman saying it. and people really fucked up when it comes to the whole issue...like, if a woman loses weight because she's SICK, and not because she's healthier, it's still a good thing somehow. if she's heavy and extremely healthy, well, she still need to lose weight, as opposed to someone who is skinny but extremely unhealthy: she's found some secret that we all want to learn, health be damned!

very, very fucked up. I'm sorry people are being so weird!
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From:bitchiekittie
Date:February 27th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
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btw, when I say "skinny" or "heavy", I mean anywhere within that range, not necessarily the absolute opposite sides of the size spectrum.
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From:rosewater
Date:February 27th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
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as opposed to someone who is skinny but extremely unhealthy: she's found some secret that we all want to learn, health be damned!

Yeah, that's a good point... the Holy Grail is "I can eat whatever I want and not gain an ounce," which is taken to mean "I can eat fast food and ice cream NONSTOP and not gain an ounce." In other words, "I can eat foods that will totally kill me, or at very least make me feel sluggish and gross, but it won't show in my waistline so worship me."
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From:rosewater
Date:February 27th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
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People only say that because they have issues with their own bodies, of course. And they have issues with healthy food and exercise -- they think they're a punishment for the sin of being fat, when in fact fat isn't a sin and healthy food and exercise are a reward!

I wish you lived closer... I've been really jonesing for a swimming routine and it would be great to have a buddy.
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From:chiroptera
Date:February 27th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
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If you check out an activity such as Martial Arts or Dance, you may find that the majority of the people are there to enjoy a physical activity/art instead of to "get skinny." At the dance studio, we'll get a few adults who sign up because they think a few hours of ballet a week will magically make them look like the ballerinas that dance 40+ hours a week, but they either quit out of dissapointment or find a better reason to take class. The worst is when a parent comes to the studio and thrusts their daughter through the door and commands us to, "Make her skinny."

Some of these girls end up enjoying ballet for its own sake, but no matter how much they improve their technique/posture/etc, their parents will still poke them in the belly and ask us why they're still chubby. I don't know, maybe because they're 6 years old?? I was going somewhere with this, oh, yeah, it's probably girls like this who grow up thinking that any physical activity is only done for the purpose of losing weight.

Anyways, maybe you should check out Martial Arts and then you could punch the irritating people in the face with excellent technique.
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From:jetgrrl01
Date:February 27th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm exactly with you. I'm fine with my size for the most part. A little more toned would be nice, but I don't feel I need to lose 20 lb. My trying to get back to the gym and whatnot is to be healthier, have more energy, and be able to walk up to my 4th floor office without being winded. How sad is it that I can't run a block with my dog without being tired? That's the stuff I'm looking to fix when I try to get myself healthier.
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From:afterknowledge
Date:February 27th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
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Skinny people with horrible health issues are to be envied because they're, like, skinny, and that's, like awesome! Erm... not that you have horrible health issues, but I feel you on the body not being as healthy and happy as I'd like it to be, despite it not being fat.
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From:elf_owl
Date:February 27th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Only you can prevent forest fires. Or change your habits. And you can.
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From:3arabi
Date:February 27th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Why don't you try giving Yoga a shot. I hear it good for your body, its considered exercise...i think. Because i want to start running and what not, and I honestly don't see that happening.
...well I want to start Yogaing as well, and I-don't-see....


middle easter treats anyone?! *big immigrant Ash smile*
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From:dv8dragonfly
Date:March 1st, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
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So long as you don't say, "I'm fat," that's not an answer you would get from me. Because you are not fat.

What if we all try to help each other along on that, when we are together? Just a nice "Didn't you say you wanted to eat healthier?" If you say, "Yeah, but..." that's the end of it. Ya know?
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