Work it!

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February 6, 2011 by Darlene McC

“Healthy” can be such a dangerous work.  It can be so charged for some people: the weight of your own weight, the perceptions of other people’s judgement, unrequested advice from friends & family.  What’s ‘healthy’ versus ‘unhealthy’ changes from person to person and situation to situation.  Vegans think meat is ‘unhealthy’; carnivores think you’re crazy if you cut out all that animal protein ~ and gym rats think you’re nuts if you don’t have a protein power bar the moment you finish lifting.

For almost a year I’ve been reinventing my own body image.  This is my best friend, Sarah Croce: Autostraddle Calendar Girl Miss April.

 

Yup, she’s hot.  And in great shape – and after 7 years of feeling like a cow whenever I’m next to her I realized something last year: she works out a lot.  A REAL lot.  She loves the gym and is careful what she eats and has great respect for food and it’s affect on her body.

Last year Sarah and I started working on Skip Trace, our web series where we both play bounty hunters.  Last year around this time I realized that if I seriously think I’m going to play a tough-ass bounty hunter I can’t do it carrying an extra 20 lbs of squishy.  So I started going to the gym with Sarah.

And I started eating better.

And I started counting calories.

Yes, that’s it – I started breaking down everything I eat into the caloric parts and keeping track.  I’m not paying Weight Watchers or some fad diet to ‘teach’ me about my own body (and re-sell me a million expansion bits every time they decide to “reinvent” the diet); it’s math.

So for a year I’ve been hitting the gym ~ not religiously.  I’m not a magazine transformation; just slow change.  I walk straighter.  I’m eating better.  I set simple goals about how often I hit the gym and how many calories I’m going to eat… but I’m not there yet.

I’m planning to write more about how I push myself through this transformation.  I don’t expect any miracles – but when I was 16 I promised myself I wouldn’t be overweight when I turned 30.  I don’t break promises (especially to myself).

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2 thoughts on “Work it!

  1. […] mentioned in my last post the changes I’m making in my body; but this is about the changes I’m making to my mind […]

  2. […] by one of my favorite book stores, Strand, and wandered into the health books section.  I’ve mentioned before my desires to ‘get healthy’ and lose a few pounds (and, also, a few roles coming up […]

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