Hot article on the MSN homepage today...
States "two-thirds of adult American women fall into the overweight or obese category, according to their BMIs." (ehem, myself included in the overweight category).
Ok, so really, that information doesn't come as a surprise to me ... that seems like old news. BUT, the article goes on to talk about how women who are overweight are more likely to consider their heavier look an acceptable one... if they have heavier friends.
Now, I am 5'6" and I weight 178. I know it could be much worse, but it's not something I'm happy about. Obviously, I need and want to lose weight. My goal weight is 140.
Ok, so I can relate to this idea of keeping your weight on if your friends do too. I have several "bigger" friends who are always the ones to say, "ohhhhh, you look great! You don't need to lose that much weight. At 140 you will be SKIN AND BONES!" Uhm, yeah right. Are you kidding!?!?! 140 is a healthy weight goal for my height. I think I will be "thin" but not "skinny"... if that clasification makes any difference. Now, on the other hand, my thin friends (who look great at a healthy weight) are great and supportive when I say I want to lose weight. They are the first to say, "good for you." And they will say things like, "yeah, I really need to start doing **insert exercise of choice here**. They GET IT! They know what it's like to be at a good weight and to want to stay there. But, it sounds like my "heavier" friends are trying to keep me on the overweight and unhappy train, you know, so they still have somebody to hang with on the bar car, apparently.
By the end of the article it gets down to the fact that we must love ourselves enough to want to take care of our bodies and be healthy! WHAT A GREAT IDEA! ;)
So, let's give ourselves a break already. Pull out your Stuart Smalley lines and look in the mirror today, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and gosh darn it, I'm going to be healthy!"