Happy Saturday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing alright, thank you very much. Well, I could be doing better. I got a little sick this week and I’m trying to recover. I only worked out once this week, on Tuesday.
I started feeling it on Wednesday. I guess my intense workout got my immune system repressed for a while and I caught something during that time. Or my immune system was trying to fight something off and it didn’t help that it was repressed after exercise. The body’s immune system is comprised about 2-3 hours after working out. It’s best to stay away from those that are sick during that time. With the flu season coming up, taking public transit, and being in school, there are tons of opportunities for me to catch something. I just hope my immune system will fight off this cold I am developing before it gets worse. That is why I did not workout after I started feeling sick.
Anyway, in other news, I do want to talk about body image a little bit. I still deal with body image issues, even though I am studying nutrition. I see myself comparing myself to other women and I tend to feel bad about myself. I don’t want to post some thoughts that I have but I do know that it’s not healthy. I think it’s due to the fact that I have gained some weight. Big surprise, being really busy.
Let’s think of it this way. Can my body still allow me to pick up heavy objects? Can I still run? If so, I am still good. Also, everyone’s body is different. We all have different genes. It is nearly impossible to achieve the same body shape as someone else. What is popular these days is either being extremely thin or being curvy. I say, just be healthy. Eat well and exercise and you will have the body your body is meant to have.
Another thing about eating. I see woman eating a salad for lunch at school and I have a veggie burger and fries. I feel bad about myself. However, think about it this way. Maybe she ate something heavy in class earlier and is eating something light after. Maybe she is struggling with her own body issues. Maybe she has a metabolic disease or something that doesn’t allow her to eat something. Try not to compare yourself to what others are eating. Hey, I eat pizza or pasta as well. Those foods aren’t “off-limits”.
I also see women post meal plans and the calories they eat. I never post the portions on my meal plan because everyone is different when it comes to how many calories they need. However, when I see a 5 ft 6 in woman post that she eats 1500 calories and is also working out, it gets me upset. Usually, that is not enough calories to eat for that height. Include working out, it is usually not enough. I don’t want to promote unhealthy eating behaviors and restrictive eating. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
There is more about the topic I want to talk about but that is it for now.
How were your workouts for the week?
What are your thoughts on body image and today’s culture?