WE'RE ON A DAMN DIET IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER
What's in a number? Shame, self hate, frustration, embarrassment. But also experience, strength, joy, celebration, and pride. Popular thinking would lead most of us to believe that your feelings about your body are simple—you either love it or you should be fixing it. That’s why, since the beginning of time, we have been focused on and struggling with body image issues. We even named a DIET after cavemen because the war is long and it's getting real old, y’all. The truth is our feelings and ideas are fluid and change day to day.
The language and ideas around fitness are complex and can be painful. Let’s take the idea of food as a “reward,” i.e. I “deserve” this donut, I’ve “earned” this glass of wine. Food is essential for survival and frankly, it’s DELICIOUS, and we get to eat it without excuses or guilt. But then, there’s health. There are the foods that we have to put into our body to fuel it with nutrients and give us the energy to fully utilize our bodies; to take care of our meat bags as long as we can until we’re beef jerky. This means that we may have to turn away certain foods and take our iPads off our chests while laying in bed. It’s TERRIBLE and COMPLICATED because finding balance is hard.
This week kicks off our experiment (and review) of the South Beach Diet. We chose this diet because it seemed reasonable, since it includes cheese and fudgsicles. It’s complicated because it includes things that go against the rules of “clean eating” —artificial sweetners and cheese! We’re motivated because as much as we want it to be about health, we also want to look hot AF while also being #bodypositive by loving ourselves now but also becoming #crossfit strong but also fighting our age but also embracing grey pubes. I SAID IT’S COMPLICATED, Y’ALL. Send us thots n prayers for the next 30 days.
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