My first thought this evening was that I don’t really have much to say today…but I bet as I write it will all start to come out!
There is one thing that has bothered me this week, and that is reformed characters. Not that reformed characters are a bad thing…I hope to be one myself! What pisses me off though is a reformed character who has conveniently forgotten their past.
I see this a lot on Twitter. People who are now crazy into health and fitness almost belittling the people who haven’t ‘seen the light’. Joining in with tweets taking the piss out of people who eat breakfast cereal or make what seems like a healthy choice but isn’t…according to their clean living world. It really pisses me off.
Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up!
It’s almost as if these people have forgotten the massive bowls of Special K they used to put away in the hopes of losing weight. Special K always makes me laugh – it’s not the best choice of breakfast cereal despite the marketing hype…yet I once tried to register for their ’2 week drop a dress size’ challenge. But I entered my weight online and the message came back that they couldn’t help me. So even the food giant behind Special K thought that I was a lost cause!
I have seen messages criticising breakfast cereal, pasta, rice, potatoes – but not sweet potatoes…as sweet potatoes are magical apparently! I have seen comments about people who don’t exercise, or people being belittled if they ask a question. It drives me crazy!
As you know, I used to eat shite. It was nothing for me to put away two double sausage and egg McMuffin meals with hot chocolate for breakfast, two BigMac meals with fries for lunch, a full Chinese takeaway with all of the trimmings for dinner, and a bag of swag from Asda which included six sausage rolls, a multipack of McCoys, a giant bag of peanut M&Ms, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen Dazs, and a packet of biscuits…in a day…pretty much daily.
So I am no food angel. I have managed to turn my habits around, but I know that they are lurking in the background and I don’t like to feel too reformed for fear of being bitten on the arse by it all. I am by no means perfect with my eating, but it’s an improvement…a big one! My ‘concerned’ blog post title relates to me never wanting to become like one of these reformed guys…certainly in terms of my behaviour towards others…but is this what happens when you have success?
I will hold my hands up and say that I knew what I was doing was not right. I knew that it was not healthy. It was not a case of a lack of education. Yet when it comes to products like Special K – which are cleverly marketed by companies with millions of pounds worth of marketing clout – then why is it so hard to understand how people get sucked in? Why is it okay to belittle people who make these mistakes?
I defy anyone to choose a plate of biscuits over a plate of salad as the healthy option…but I can fully understand how someone might think that a bowl of Special K is a better option than a mushroom omelette…thanks to fecking Edwina Curry and her egg debacle along with the the myth that eggs cause high cholesterol! Until you know what you know, how are you supposed to fecking know?! I won’t refer to the chap on Secret Eaters recently who poured double cream and jam over his Special K though…as this was clearly a bit of denial I think!
I also see people criticising Slimming World. But this is okay – they are big enough to take care of themselves. For me, Slimming World are onto a winner in providing a flexible plan that accommodates anyone from a convenience food lover to a clean eater. Don’t think that by joining Slimming World though you won’t need to take responsibility. I saw someone saying how they never learnt about portion sizes on Slimming World…yet all of their recipes state how many people it serves…is that not a portion guide of sorts? Also, how about doing a bit of research yourself? You don’t buy a car and expect it to drive you around…you have to put some fecking effort in!
So don’t forget your past. You might now be eating and exercising like a saint…but at one point you didn’t. So just as you’ve ditched your shite eating habits, ditch the holier than thou attitude!
I have also been giggling this week at some ‘progress’ pictures and hoping that mine are never like this. All slouched over, breathing out, knickers rolled under your stomach, ill-fitting bra…and then in the next picture it’s shoulders back, breathing in, high-waisted knickers, decent bra, and one leg in front of the the other – toes on the floor, heel off the floor – angled to show yourself off at your best. It reminds me of people who stop filling in a food diary as soon as they have a ‘bad’ day…who are you fecking trying to kid?!
I read an article debunking these types of fitness magazine ‘before’ and ‘after’ shoots…if I can find it again, I’ll share the link with you.
Now that I have written this, I need to check my progress pictures…but you can rest safe in the knowledge that none of them have me standing in my bra and pants. That is for Mr WLB – poor man – only…or the people who work in the car dealership behind my house who might see me through the kitchen window dashing past in my undies!
Thinking about it, I suppose the belittling thing might be an attempt at proving to yourself that you have moved on and made progress. But it just doesn’t feel good. If someone asks you a genuine question then have the decency to answer it politely…and then destroy them if they turn out to be a dickhead if you want. Personally, I would far rather answer in a way that might help someone than totally turn them off to discovering more about health and fitness.
We all have to learn. I do still get pissed off with laziness though. Like the lady in her mid-thirties who said that she had ‘no idea’ how to even begin to make a soup. This annoyed me. Especially as we were sat opposite a book called ‘Little book of soups!’ No idea…really no idea…a pan and a cooker and a bit of water perhaps? As I said, you have to be prepared to take responsibility. I didn’t belittle her though. I actually helped her make one and then gave her a bit of a kick up the arse for being so switched off to even trying!
What else has caught my eye this week?
Mr WLB made me laugh yesterday at the petrol pump. You know when you have filled the car and are removing the nozzle? I tend to give a little wiggle so the drips don’t land on my feet. I observe people in petrol stations…girls give little wiggles. Mr WLB however looked rather vigorous in his pumping…I wanted to lube my poor fuel tank entrance and turn off the mental image of a 70′s porn flick that must have been running through his head. Have a look next time you are removing the petrol nozzle…wiggle…or pump!
Then there was a little debate over Gemma Collins of TOWIE fame. I have watched a few episodes, but it doesn’t float my boat really. Gemma is a very curvy lady – I would say ‘fat’ but don’t want to offend…I just call a spade a spade and in fact when Mr WLB used the word ‘tubby’ recently I said that I would be more offended to be called that than fat! Anyway, it seems that Gemma has opened a shop in which to sell the ‘plus-sized’ clothes that she designs.
The debate surrounded a sign which she held up that said, ‘If you’re thin, you’re not coming in.’ It caused a bit of uproar with people saying that if a skinny person had held up a sign that said, ‘If you’re fat, you’re not coming in’, there would be a number of outraged people. Now, I may be being a little dim-witted here, but most shops do this unintentionally – or maybe not so unintentionally – and have done for years. I remember trawling around high street stores with my friends as a teenager, dreaming of being able to fit into these clothes that they were all trying on…whilst I looked at fecking handbags and shoes – but even the shoes were too narrow for my feet.
In fact, I remember being in New Look one day – before they started embracing the plus-sizers – and being told…’they won’t have anything in here that fits you!’ by a girl with a rival group of friends. I was mortified. I can still remember how small and tiny she made me feel for someone who was so big. So I never went in New Look again. I never stepped foot in ‘normal’ high street stores…as they made it quite clear – with an invisible sign! – that fatties weren’t welcome…and most of them still do this.
So piss off all of you outraged people. It’s funny that the ones who are the most outraged probably don’t even like the type of clothes that she designs…or her for that matter. People like me – follow wannabe losers – have spent our lives having to avoid most of the shops that you have built your wardrobes upon…so leave it alone! And also check out the people working in her shop…mostly thin…it’s tongue in cheek I think, which should please you all as at least it’s not a sausage roll that she had in her cheek!
Oh…and a reformed fattie commented on this too, which I thought was rather ironic as she seemed the type of person who would have loved a sign like this at her biggest. I am not a fat campaigner. I do not think that fat is healthy. But I don’t think that fat people should miss out on an opportunity to have a clothing sanctuary either.
Never forget your roots!
That’s it from me tonight – all rather random…but I’ve managed to get a few things off my chest…so thank you for listening!
Today has been good. A nice gym session – although Mr WLB threw his toys out of the pram. He asked for help with his weight lifting technique…as mine is pretty good apparently. So I helped, and then asked what he had left to do. He didn’t want to do anymore and threw a little strop when I got him dead-lifting as the weight was too heavy…even thought the PT had set the weights. So we did some lighter ones and left on a high…ish! I then went and collected a friend from uni – and his friend – to come to the stables and see some work we need doing…we are having a tidy up in preparation for the horses coming back to the summer grazing. I was supposed to be heading to Oxford tomorrow to catch up with some lovely ladies, but Freddie Freelander is still making funny noises – that nobody can identify the source of – and so I am not going as I don’t fancy the M40 in a dodgy car! So it’s all hand on deck at the stables. Tonight is going to be nice and relaxed. I am trying to ease up on some of my gym work – I can feel myself getting a bit obsessed – so my Friday night swim is going to be fortnightly now. Two weights sessions, two cardio sessions, a PT session, a Pilates class, and a fortnightly swim…sounds okay to me!
Breakfast: Mushroom, spinach, and cheese omelette (1 x HEA).
A good food day. I don’t think I could have started the day in a nicer way…grilled cheese…well, maybe a bit of bacon! Lunch was leftovers from last nights curry. Dinner was burgers…I was so hungry tonight and they definitely hit the spot. And some fruit with yogurt and rice cakes for my TV snack.
Exercise: 20 minutes elliptical machine, 13 minutes hand-bike, and 18 minutes on the treadmill.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx