Have you noticed how all of a sudden people are exercising more regularly and eating healthy food? Well I surely have, and this week, I’m going to delve into why I think this is happening.
Now, before I get into it, I must confess that I too have joined the exercise revolution. Maybe it’s because I’m a conformist to social norms, maybe not. But if you are one of these exercise advocates, please don’t be offended by anything I am about to say.
I like categorising things, I think it provides clarity in a world of confusion. So, I’ve made yet another list of categories this week.
1. True-blue, fair-dinkum gym junkies
If you have rock hard abs, drink protein shakes, bulk with broccoli, and caption all your photos with #bulkin (sarcastic or not), you fit into this category. You’re obsessed with making “gains” and the thought of “shredding” scares you. I admire your resilience and commitment to stay on a strict high protein, low carbs diet and exercise regime. On the down side, you don’t get much sleep and are looking at yourself in the mirror every chance you get. But hey, I’m only generalising now.
2. You think you’re fat, but really, you’re not
A lot of people I know fit into this category – they complain about how ‘fat’ they are and do cardio everyday, just to keep in shape. If I’m being completely honest with you, I would have to say that these people miss out on the best things in life: fast food, alcohol, chocolate, and anything with a high sugar and carb intake. It’s a conundrum: people envy your body, but they don’t envy your diet. Sometimes I have to ask myself, “is giving up food really worth my happiness?” The answer is simple: “no, just no.”
3. Fad Dieters
You know who you are, and I won’t name anyone, but ask yourself, “is this a diet choice I can live with for the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, then you’re on a fad diet. Don’t even try and deny it. Fad dieters are usually people who are ‘too busy’ to exercise or want to lose a bit of weight quickly. You bought that juicer three months ago so you could do a ‘juice cleanse’ and how many times have you used that juicer? Hmm… But hey, if it works for you and you can keep the weight off, GOOD FOR YOU!
4. Winter hibernators, summer swimmers
I’m one of those people who hibernate over the winter period, gaining seven kilos and not exercising at all because it was ‘too cold’, ‘too early’ ‘too late’, ‘too dark’, and the list continues. BUT, the moment the sun starts shining like a hot Summer’s day (in the middle of Winter), I am sent into freak-out mode and instantly start running frequently and eating more fruit (but no less fast food or alcohol) because the thought of this white, jiggly bear who has been in hibernation since May getting into swimwear is frightening not only to myself but to others around me. This category is probably going to apply to almost all of my friends, because I know them well enough to realise that as soon as May 2014 rolls around, hibernation recommences.
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