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Weight loss journal: Sifting through the options

Posted by boston.com  August 28, 2013 10:00 AM

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I have been on a journey for what feels like all my life; a journey to be "skinny," a journey to fit into that pair of skinny jeans, a journey to be "one of those girls."

steph.jpgYou know, the girls who can eat anything they want and be a size 0.  Those are also the same people who couldn’t possibly understand that it isn’t because you’re lazy or you eat too much that you’re overweight. Weight problems are attributed to a little thing called metabolism ... and yes, they are different for everyone.
  
The thing I hate most is the stereotype of overweight people that just because you are heavy, you must eat tons of fast food and snacks. This stereotype is alive and well in almost everything. I mean when was the last time you saw a movie where an overweight person wasn’t depicted as “pigging out” on snacks or fast food?

What people need to understand is that not all overweight people eat like that.
 
Overeating is definitely not the case with me. In fact, I have been told my problem is that I don't eat enough. When your body doesn't get food for a certain amount of time, it goes into starvation mode.  Once in starvation mode the first thing you eat turns directly into fat. That is why most health professionals recommend several small meals a day.  The key is to keep the metabolism going burning food. 

I am also a big breaker of the rule "never eat and then go to sleep." Perhaps it comes from my days in the food service industry where I would get home very late, finally have a chance to eat, and then go to sleep for the night. Sleeping is one of the worst things you can do after eating. Consciously I know that, but sometimes my day was just so busy that it was my only option.

There is a saying, “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans,” that is definitely true of my life.  A full-time job, a part-time job, writing, family, and a boyfriend keep my days pretty busy.  Most days I think there are not enough hours in my day ... so how can I find time to eat, sleep, and exercise my way to being healthy?
 
I’m an average person, I work (sometimes too much), I go to events, and I eat out (again, sometimes too much). But I don’t have tons of extra money to be spending on weight loss plans, so does that mean I’m destined to be overweight?

I never really understood those “eat our meals” weight loss plans.  I mean the minute you stop eating them, won’t you just gain the weight back? I want to be healthy and eat real food, not a frozen dinner that wouldn’t make a small child feel full.

Is it possible to be a real person with a social life and get healthy? Well, I’m about to find out.  I made the decision to embark on this journey.  I will be trying different workouts, different food, basically anything and everything that will help me get healthier but still let me be me!

The gym options are endless. I feel like there is a gym for every personality. The all-women gyms, the "gym bunny" gyms, and the "musclehead" gyms. Where are the average person gyms? The food options are even more diverse: frozen, fresh, organic, packaged, all natural. You get the point, the choices are endless.

Stephanie Burke lives in Burlington. She can be reached at stephey410@gmail.com.

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