Sunday, August 29, 2010

Freedom vs. Restriction

If you've ever read anything from the fat acceptance people, you may have read something that looks like this..."A "healthy lifestyle" is still a diet, it's restrictive, you'll gain your weight back so why bother, just accept your fat blah blah blah..."

Carrying around a negative attitude of that size must be exhausting, but I digress. Sure, sometimes I do have to tell myself no to a second helping at dinner when I feel like I still want to keep eating and no, I can't allow myself to buy peanut M&Ms because they are a trigger for me.

But the flip side to that is the wonderful feeling of freedom that comes from no longer being a slave to overeating, a prisoner to a morbidly obese body. Case in point...


Last Sunday evening Rob and I were hanging around the house and I felt the urge to get out of the house for a walk or something. So off we went to Acworth Lake. I was immediately drawn to the playground, not having been on a swing for years. It was SO MUCH FUN!

Fat Andra would never have gotten off the couch to go the lake just to go for a walk, never mind attempting to get on a child's swing set at a playground. Freedom is the payoff for not keeping 2 pound bags of peanut M&Ms in the couch cushions. I made the right choice, don't you think?


9 comments:

  1. Yes, you are making the right choice! And you look and feel great for it.

    The playground looks like so much fun. We adults underestimate the joy in play.

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  2. I accept those who do not want to lose weight. It is a personal choice. But I do not accept it as a persuasive movement. I don't appreciate a movement that tries to sway me from my goals. I respectfully disagree with the fat acceptance movement.

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  3. It's not restricting yourself. You only actually eat for a small fraction of the day. The whole rest of the time involves living with your body.

    I think fat acceptance is good *if* someone is really and truly comfortable with themselves and their body. I was comfortable with me as a person, but not my body. I am so much, much, much happier now!

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  4. I love acting like a kid and playing on the swings. Maybe it would get easier if we did less working out and more playing.

    You absolutely made the right choice!

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  5. I get so frustrated when the "fat acceptance" folks use it as a rationalization rather than what I thought the message was supposed to be about, being okay with who you are but not giving up to who you are. Two different things...sigh.

    You know I'm all about the freedom's baby...if we can't be free, what is the point to it all?

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  6. We missed you tonight at WC! :)

    Great post...while I do think you should accept your body for what it is and be the healthiest version of you that you can be at any size...I was more than frustrated when I tried to read the fat acceptance literature, I was pissed. I read almost that exact same sentence, minus the "blahs", and it was demoralizing, untrue, and I just felt like it missed the point. It seemed to be saying it was some kind of betrayal to want to lose weight...and yeah, we should be more focused on healthy behaviors and less on the numbers on the scale, but it didn't seem to think you should be focused on health at all! It just kept spouting rhetoric. Ugh. So annoying.

    At any rate, I love that you went hiking and swinging...it looked so fun!

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  7. I completely agree, and you've made the right choice! You are truly inspiring.

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  8. 8/29/2010
    I'd say you made the right choice except I don't know how viciously the mosquitoes were biting :)

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  9. 8/29/2010:
    I'd say you made the right choice except I don't know how viciously the mosquitoes were biting :)

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