Ah, food. I love food. And I’ve been struggling with it for the last few years of my life.
I’ve never been “fat,” but I was almost always the “big girl” in my group. Maybe it’s because I’ve been blessed with what we* always joked were “birthing hips,” but then again, I’ve always had a little more to love. And don’t get me wrong: I do not I have a serious eating, self-image, or obesity problem, but I’m a woman, and I notice how I look, I notice how clothes fit me, and I like to eat!
But something cool happened when I started running the first time in 2005. Somewhat suddenly, I was able to not eat half the box of Cheez-its in one sitting. I actually wanted to put the box down after a few handfuls. And when this happened, I said to myself, “Self, this is strange. What is going on?” And I answered, “You’re running. You’re doing something awesome for your body, and your body wants to follow through.”**
I don’t know how much weight I lost that first go-round at marathon training because we didn’t have a scale, but at the end of the summer, I actually looked “good.”
But at the beginning of the summer 2007–four semesters of grad school later–I found myself buying three new pairs of pants in size 16. They were on sale, and I needed pants that fit.
When I got this job, we bought a scale. When you’re packing up your entire life in 12 suitcases and you don’t want to pay more than you have to, you buy a scale so you know exactly how much each suitcase weighs. I was at 197, and I saw it in those size 16 pants and in the rest of my wardrobe. Depressing.
Then we moved.
When we unpacked the scale three weeks in to our life in Germany, I weighed 189. I could not believe it. We weren’t eating particularly healthfully, but I had been walking to and from school every day (it’s about 1.3 miles one way). We lived on the top floor of a building without an elevator (55 stairs, baby). And, I was a bit stressed about the new job. Rob weighed himself, and he too had lost weight. Germany was good for our waistlines!
After we realized we were losing weight, we started trying to, and then it really started to come off. 14 months later, Rob weighs 35 pounds less, and I’m at 175.
I have never liked counting calories, and I like to enjoy food instead of concentrate on how good or bad it is for me; That takes all the fun out of eating. But I have learned which foods I can eat and what I need to stay away from because I can’t control myself–trigger foods, as Morgan calls them.
I am trying to make a true change, a “lifestyle change.” I hope to shed at least 10 more pounds in order to reach a healthy BMI and to look really great, but I have to truly commit to enjoying healthful food, running regularly, and getting regular sleep. ***
5+ Quotes About Food
If hunger makes you irritable, better eat and be pleasant. Sefer Hasidim
Food is the most primitive form of comfort. Sheila Graham
Food is an important part of a balanced diet. Fran Lebowitz
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. J. R. R. Tolkien
There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry. Mark Twain
I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something. Mitch Hedberg
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. Voltaire
Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray. Author Unknown
The belly rules the mind. Spanish Proverb
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? Lin Yutang
You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile. A beef smile. My Name is Earl, “South of the Border Part Uno/Dos,” original airdate 7 December 2006, spoken by the character Earl Hickey
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. Doug Larson
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. Jim Davis
Source for quotes without a link: The Quote Garden
Question of the Day
What is your relationship with food like? Is it “All about the numbers, baby”? Or “I ❤ food”?
* And by “we,” I mean me and Beth
** Anyone else having Mr. Haupt flashbacks?
*** So this post relating to food turned into something more than I planned. “Something more” that likes a lot of quotation marks.