Feeling Good: A Quick Lesson
Every woman and girl wants to look good. She wants to feel hot, stylish, and attractive. She doesnâ€™t want to look good for a boy or a man necessarily, but she does want to feel great about herself.
Iâ€™ve been working out and eating well for two weeks. When I say working out and eating well, I mean large changes that have my body going, â€śWhereâ€™s the cheeseburger? What is this hummus stuff?â€ť No more fast food unless itâ€™s Subway, exercise every day at least 30 minutes to an hour of sweat. Iâ€™ve bought over $200 worth of sports bras, workout shirts and pants (which actually led to me get a fitting. Iâ€™m not a 36C like I thought my entire post-pubescent life; Iâ€™m a 36D, big difference). Iâ€™ve been eating fiber-fortified granola bars, cereals, and carrots. Iâ€™ve been going to Zumba, Pilates, swimming every Friday, and strength training.
For a few days (like, 2) this past week, the scale needle moved down a bit. I didnâ€™t want to jinx it, but I couldnâ€™t restrain from telling people Iâ€™d lost a pound. Then comes Thursday. WTF, Scale. Iâ€™m back at my starting weight right on the edge of overweight (according to BMI and various other measurements). The odd part is, I feel slimmer, I feel better, and I feel healthier. Iâ€™m practically drinking my weight in water and Iâ€™ve even been eating breakfast, a meal I often skipped. So what gives?
Note: Iâ€™m giving all these details about me so you, you who have been trying to lose weight, to get fit, to find a healthy size, you who have been yo-yoing and running and sweating for months now can know that your body is smart. It finds tricks and you canâ€™t really know what your body is doing unless under a physicianâ€™s close supervision. Youâ€™ve got to outsmart your body and be patient.
Itâ€™s been said that it takes 8 weeks or more for a noticeable difference in your body to occur. Iâ€™ve noticed a slight difference in my stomach, but only in the mornings. Hereâ€™s what gives. Iâ€™m a woman. I fluctuate. I retain water and my body is smarter than all my calculations. Iâ€™ve always got to find new ways to push it and make it react. Thatâ€™s harder to do than it is to say, but you know what? Oh, well. Iâ€™m still feeling the best I have in a long time. I may not be comfortable with how I look in a T-shirt sometimes because of my belly fat, but I pampered myself today for going two-weeks strong.
I went to a tanning bed (yes, I know, but I donâ€™t go religiously and I wear sunscreen and put on lotion after) and I got my hair done and I look fabulous. My skin doesnâ€™t even really need makeup!
â€śIâ€™m not this girl,â€ť Iâ€™ve often thought to myself.â€śIâ€™m not this girl who can not wear makeup and go out in jeans and a long-sleeve shirt and feel really good about herself.â€ť Well, I am now. It may take 8 weeks for that bleeping weight scale needle to move, but Iâ€™m going to have a good time until it does.