There is nothing whatsoever wrong with not being skinny, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with being skinny. In all honesty, the numbers on a scale don’t matter. What does matter is your health.
People who go to gyms are people that want more than to be healthy, they want to be motivated by those around them, or to build muscle, or to take advantage of trainers that can help.
It is unnecessary to have a gym membership, and this is coming from someone who has one. However, if your ticker is ticking poorly, or you’re on the edge of diabetes, or you’re out of breath quicker than you’d like to be, you should probably consider making changes to improve your quality of life.
Organizing is not always a matter of schedules and coordination, organizing your thoughts to improve your life is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life overall.
- Don’t focus on how much weight you’re losing when you work-out. Focus on how well you’re doing. As Kaiser Permanente says in their tips for maintaining a healthy weight: “Your weight is more than a number on a scale — it’s how you feel every day, inside and out.”
- Food is wonderful! If we were not meant to enjoy it, we would not have taste buds, or variety. Kaiser offers a list of simple suggestions to cut 100 calories off your day, without sacrificing too much in flavor or overall food.
- Boost your metabolism. Eat what you want, just eat smaller portions. You’ll have more leftovers, and you’ll be hungry more often, but overtime you’ll find you can’t overeat if you wanted to. If you eat 5 small meals through-out the day, instead of 3 large ones, your body can metabolize easier and faster.
Fun Fact: “‘You tend to eat 14 percent more if the TV is on,’ says Susan Albers, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
- Don’t diet, eat healthy.
- More than running, easier than going to a gym, better than lifting weights: Walk. Walking briskly is good for your body, and not bad for your joints, and is equivalent to a light jog. More importantly a 30 minute walk at a pace where you can talk, but not sing, for 5 days a week is the most convenient way to fit in a healthy exercise that will improve your health exponentially in the long run (or walk, I should say).
- Do not compare yourself to others. I am thin, and I always have been. When I go to the gym people thicker than me kick my butt in fitness classes. Size tells you nothing about a person’s capabilities.
- Do not accept being skinny as being healthy. A Healthier Michigan author, Lindsay Bridges, says, “Fat starts to envelop itself around vital organs, which becomes a large problem, since people can’t physically see this, they are tricked into a false sense of security that they’re healthy.”
- Avoid thoughts which suggests a skinny person needs to “eat a sandwich” or a larger person needs to “skip a meal.” Promoting positive body image is beneficial for everyone. Applaud healthy people more than attractive people. Attractiveness is not a choice, health is.