Skinny vs. Attractive vs. Healthy

Normally, this blog is about food, recipes, products I like, etc, but I also like to discuss health, nutrition, and body image from time to time. Let me know what you all think about this subject!

Does this dress make my butt look big?

Last week, I was having a conversation with my boyfriend after I got home from work. He was still at the office, and I remarked that I had left all of my laundry at his house and I didn’t have any non-workout or non-PJ shorts to wear to dodgeball. (Now that I’m injured, I still go to watch and yell at the refs cheer.)

T-Man suggested that I should ask my roommate if she had a pair of shorts I could borrow. I chuckled to myself and told him, “Nice try, but there’s no way I could fit in her shorts.” As any good boyfriend would, he immediately responded with a barrage of compliments about how I have a great body, how he really loved how I looked in my work outfit that morning, how I’m soooo thin, and the like.

I paused and thought to myself, “By admitting that another girl is smaller than me, should that be interpreted to mean that I’m saying I think she has a better body, or I’m not attractive?” Continue reading

Healthy Weight Loss: My Story (and Tips!)

My drivers license (obtained at age 15 and a half) states my weight as 113 pounds.

Also, I looked like this.

With a 5’5″ frame, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never be that size again – and also that I never should be that size again. Actually, let’s just not go back to any of the qualities I possessed at the time of this photo. I mean, come on, I was wearing a puka shell necklace.

College was a tumultuous time. I frequently went up and down in weight…but mostly up. I graduated college weighing nearly 25 pounds more than my license said I did.

I moved home, jobless, with nothing to do. I started doing exercise videos or jogging in the morning, and watching Food Network all day until I cooked dinner. I learned about different foods, their benefits, and healthy ways to prepare them. I downloaded a calorie counting app to control my portions and snacking.

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Found in 2011: Work, love, adventure

If you had asked me on June 13th, 2010 (Graduation Day) where I thought I’d be at the beginning of 2012, the answer would not have likely been “working at a lobbying firm, splitting most of my time between my parents’ house and the apartment of my boyfriend who I met playing dodgeball.”

My answer would have probably been to the tune of, “going to grad school in Europe after a year of living in Washington DC working at a trendy nonprofit while doing freelance writing for a political website.”

But when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, as they say. My lemons came in the form of graduating from college in the worst economic climate of my lifetime, moving home to Sacramento (one of the worst job markets in the state), and being forced to abandon those unrealistic dreams listed above.

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