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Monday, January 29, 2007

life is better when you're skinny

I hate to write this, but we all know it's true. I've been on all sides of the coin here, so I can speak to various points of view.

Life is easier for thin people.

It's easier to climb hills.

It's easier to run.

It's easier to find clothes.

It's easier to flirt.

It's easier to smile and laugh (since you're happy).

It's easier to wear clothes (both finding them and the comfort of them).

It's easier to get a job (many studies show we would hire the most attractive candidate if all other factors are equal).

It's easier to do your job -- folks treat you with more respect (especially in the sports & fitness industry).

It's easier to have sex (on so many levels I won't even list them here).

It's easier to drive, fly, or go to the theatre (you fit in the seat better).

It's easier to have a treat (you don't feel like folks are judging you if you have a latte or an ice cream since you're not fat).

It's easier to go to the gym, pool, tennis court, etc (since folks are judgemental about fat people who exercise).

It's easier to dine out or shop (you get better service).

It's easier to look in the mirror or at photos of yourself.



It's a shame we live in a society where judgement is so freely passed on folks based solely on their appearance. We assume overweight folks are all lazy or overeaters. Of course, the reality is that there are many physiological reasons for folks to be over-weight. I never understood this until I suddenly found myself fat. I hope I never forget.

19 Comments:

At 1/29/2007 9:42 PM, Blogger Sweet Cheeks said...

Wow, Lorri, so true. From a ex-fatty who became fit, I really do agree with you.

It's funny, because now when I go on dates with guys who don't burn as many calories as cyclists do, or who don't date girls who eat, they always gasp at how much I eat. I feel guilty for a minute, like I'm the old fatty. Then I decide not to care anymore.

Viva la fitness! viva la FOOD!

 
At 1/29/2007 10:34 PM, Blogger velogirl said...

viva la sweet cheeks!

 
At 1/30/2007 9:06 AM, Blogger Flandria said...

i was looking for you on Sunday...

i wanted to see the new you!!!

 
At 1/30/2007 9:08 AM, Blogger velogirl said...

looking for me where? I was at the EB for Eat the Teams Day!

 
At 1/30/2007 9:40 AM, Blogger Nome Agusta said...

So true. But staying thin is a challenge as well.

It's funny how people who have only known me during my sub 140 days perceive my almost neurotic like dietary choices.

1998 to 2000 racing weight 153.
Could sprint but couldn't climb.

Someday I am going to win a National Champion Jersey, I don't care if it's in the 75+ category. After that, I going to eat!

 
At 1/30/2007 9:54 AM, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

On a lot of levels that breaks my heart -- I'm still trying to accept the fact that I will never be skinny and not loathe myself for it. Too much muscle to be svelte, a serious genetic predisposition to gain weight the instant I start thinking about taking a little off the top. An even more serious predisposition to feel completely inadequate, unattractive & out of control because no matter how well I eat (quality-wise) & exercise, it's not going to do it for me...I weigh the same now as I did in the 3rd grade (no kidding), every test they have out there puts me square in the obese category, if my clothes feel looser the numbers on the scale goes up, and I'm afraid I'll never climb...and I think I'm approaching the junkadonk rule, so I'm gonna stop before I whine myself to sleep.

 
At 1/30/2007 11:17 AM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I am glad I grew up in a community that admired big booties.

I like feeling a little voluptous. Not christmas time voluptuous, that was too much. But like now. I feel really sexy at this weight. Plus I won't get colds so easily and I have boobies.

Racer weight makes me feel too....athletic. But the climbs call this year. Gravity sucks.

And panda is beautiful. And I am not the only person that thinks that.

I feel a bbb ride coming on!

 
At 1/30/2007 12:03 PM, Blogger lauren said...

skinny people get older and then get skinny "fat person" syndrome.

all the men have it here where i work. they look skinny from the back, and then they turn and have these big tummys.

i'm starting to get it, from sitting at a pc all day. i'm working so hard on my core these days. i'm not going to let it overtake me.

and in reality, what they say is that if you have extra belly fat - even if you're skinny, then it's unhealthy.

i agree with VB. voluptous is sexy.

being healthy is sexy.

panda is sexy. VB is sexy. VG is sexy. bike racers are sexy.

anyway, i'm hungry. time for an egg and a sandwich.

 
At 1/30/2007 12:04 PM, Blogger lauren said...

and sweet cheeks and flandria and nome are all probably sexy too, but i've never met ya'll.

 
At 1/30/2007 12:05 PM, Blogger lauren said...

i sound like a retard.

 
At 1/30/2007 12:50 PM, Blogger jAndy donka-donk said...

The elf and I are the same....

I store calories as fat from water.....

And you can break the rule on this post, I got back on he bike at 250, started racing at 190 and coulndt lose these lovehandles if my life depended on it. I would have a six pack if it werent for all the loose skin....

And clothes shopping was a lot easier when I was phat, cuz everything could be big. No it seems that my new pants start falling down and I am out of belt loops every month.....

 
At 1/30/2007 2:13 PM, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

My mind keeps coming back to how negative I was in my last comment, so here's a positive to balance it: I am drought & famine resistant, and in the event of the apocalypse would probably provide a good meal or two for other survivors.

 
At 1/30/2007 4:03 PM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I'm sorry, but no matter what donkadonk writes, all I see is pants around the ankles....

and panda, me too. I rarely ever bonk on rides. I figure I have enough food stored in my booty to last a tough winter.

 
At 1/30/2007 4:03 PM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

and Lauren is silly from smelling too much nail polish and remover

 
At 1/30/2007 4:08 PM, Blogger velogirl said...

pants around the ankles? oh, from tank & bro!

I knew it was time to get new pants when I could take mine off (down to the ankles) without unbuttoning & unzipping them.

 
At 1/30/2007 4:45 PM, Blogger Nome Agusta said...

I don't have 6 pack, I got a whole twelver baby!

 
At 1/30/2007 5:28 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

...and when you get old you have less skin to sag if you're skinny. (The bad news: you're old; you still have too much skin and it sags.)

 
At 1/31/2007 6:42 AM, Blogger X Bunny said...

i see too many teenage girls who look great but think they are honestly overweight

very sad

our society teaches our kids they need to be perfect instead of teaching them to be happy for their own individuality

 
At 1/31/2007 9:18 AM, Blogger Erein said...

Skinny or fat you're still the same person you are; with the same amount of money, same amount of time, the same job, same friends, same problems. The difficulty is in loving yourself no matter what size your jeans are. If a person can't do that, then they will never be "skinny" enough.

 

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