2011. The year I did not diet.
Last January I pronounced that I bought bigger clothes, instead of going on a diet.
It was a liberating year! The first full year in which I did not diet, since 2003!
It was also a little humbling. I’m over 45. My metabolism is slower and my hypothyroidism kicked up a notch this year. I reduced my exercise dramatically (take a look at the past six years of fitness; I didn’t race once in 2011). It was pretty awesome to sleep in the morning instead of getting up at 4:30 a.m. to train before work.
So, I stopped chasing skinny in 2011 and I’m beginning 2012 with …
and these new friends.
I’m sharing these pictures for a couple of reasons. One is simply to say that yes, if I eat what I want and don’t exercise much, I’m going to gain weight. The good news is that I usually want to eat kale– and only occasionally do I want a soy curl burrito (and when I want it, I have it). The other reason is because it was hard for me to see the pictures, in comparison to last year’s photo — and that is part of the process. The process of moving past the image of what I’ve always felt I should look like. The tinier (and hungrier!) woman.
I like this new woman I see.
This satisfied, solid, empowered woman. I want to fall in love with her. And I’m working on it.
2012. The year I will, once again, not diet.
I will, however, pick up the exercise a bit. Not to lose weight. I need regular movement because I want strong bones and a healthy heart as I approach the age of 50. I want to live until a ripe, old age and I want to be walking, talking and thriving until I take my last breath. My motivation isn’t skinny–my motivation is health. (Read more on this on The Vegan RD: Should You Go Vegan to Get Skinny?)
This year I remain committed to three words:
Stop Chasing Skinny
And equally committed to these three words:
Do Pursue Health.
In January all posts on the community blog Stop Chasing Skinny are about NOT dieting during a month in which TV commercials, print ads and blogs–lots and lots of blogs– tell you to get “skinny” in 2012. If you’re not dieting in January, share your story!