I’m just going to spit it out: Weight will (almost) always be an issue for females.
“I feel fat.” We’ve all thought it. (The men out there, too). I’m sure most of your friends are guilty of verbally shedding a pound or two on their drivers license.
Being an athlete — if I recreationally run, play ultimate and do the occasional marathon, I can call myself an athlete, right?? — I’ve never had an “issue” with being overweight. My BMI has always been in the normal range my whole life. Sure, looking back at pictures of myself in fifth grade, I do look a little, er, round. (But, weren’t we all at that age?)
I run because I like running. I like being outside — in the sun, in the rain, in it all. Also, I know if I didn’t exercise, I would gain weight. Example: I came home with five extra pounds three months in Cambodia with no running one summer.
When I did return that summer with a small amount of weight gain. I did “freak out” a little bit. But, it was nothing. Once I started running again, my weight went back to its normal number.
This summer, the opposite has happened.
I lost weight.
My “normal” weight of 126-127 pounds went down to 119-120 pounds. I’m 5’3” and this new weight is still within the “normal” BMI range but it still — again — freaked me out. I shed those pounds quickly, too.
Forget about all those dieting and weight-loss regimens, I have discovered one that actually works. It was the triathlon training. I think it was the swimming that really did it.
People usually “like” losing weight. It makes them feel better about themselves. Other people will give them compliments.
When other people — my friends and family — started noticing my weight loss (and mentioning it to me,) it started to alarm me.
Does that mean they thought I was overweight before? Am I going to look “fat” once all the weight returns after the triathlon is done?
“I didn’t lose it on purpose!” I would quickly answer back. “It’s the training!”
The triathlon was two-and-a-half weeks ago and I’m still at my “summer weight.” I think for the first time in my life the weight listed on my drivers license is actually more than it is in reality. I weigh approximately the same as when I graduated high school seven years ago.
For me, it’s not gaining or losing weight that is troublesome. It’s the change. I think runners especially notice when their bodies change (for better or for worse).
And, I’m not quick to go on a shopping spree despite all my pants being too baggy now. I know my weight will return to “normal” again soon. (You just better not say it to my face!)