Have people given you crap because you make time to work out?

My morbidly obese secretary (who is diabetic, has ruined joints and back problems, high blood pressure and smokes) is constantly degrading me because I eat right and exercise daily. Others in the office badger me to eat cake, ice cream or cookies if there are some in the office, and the comment I get most often is, “you’re skinny, you don’t need to work out or watch what you eat.” Then they dismiss me and claim that they don’t have time to work out.

Are you kidding? I’m thin BECAUSE I work out and watch what I eat! And I’m not remotely skinny, I lift weights and run and I’m at a healthy weight. It’s not easy, but I do it because health problems and obesity run in my family. And I MAKE time to keep healthy! I have a stressful work schedule but I make sure to get my workouts in every day and seek out healthier foods even when I travel.

It’s sad that obesity has become such an epidemic that those of us who choose to lead a healthy lifestyle are ridiculed for it.

I get this ALL OF THE TIME. Thank god I finally have a co-worker who I work closely with who also is responsible enough to lead a healthy lifestyle, so I don’t have to deal with it from 8 AM to 6 PM every freaking day. I’m also thankful that I’m not weak enough to cave to peer pressure from people who look like crap and act like they are miserable. Guess what guys? I don’t workout 5 hours a day. I workout enough to maintain my weight and muscle tone. Most of my workouts are fun and a great way to relax and spend time with friends. I don’t do it primarily to look a certain way. I do it to improve my life. The same goes for food. Why the hell would I want to binge on junk food that doesn’t even taste right when I can eat good food that is healthy, satisfying and delicious? If I am going to eat a treat I’m not going to waste it on something gross and unsatisfying like a McDonald’s burger and fries, a grocery store cake, potato chips or a piece of crappy hershey’s chocolate. That’s not even appealing. What a waste! My food tastes better and doesn’t leave me loaded with unhealthy fat, sodium, excess calories and feeling like crap. If I’m going to get a treat I’ll go to a decent place, get a good burger, made with quality beef, cooked medium rare, with good, real cheese, yummy fixings and a side of good, hand cut fries and split it with a friend or buy a small, high quality dark chocolate bar and eat a couple squares each day. Either that or I’ll go to the store, buy the ingredients and make it myself. Since making cookies, a cake, fudge, brownies, etc. is more expensive than going to McDonald’s and making good, homemade burgers takes time, I do it less. Eating healthy costs me less in time and money, tastes better and makes me feel better.

I enjoy my life and my food. I probably enjoy both more than the majority of people who make nasty comments to me or try to pressure me to overeat/ eat crap. I don’t deserve to have my healthy lifestyle or physique taunted so that you can feel better for not taking care of yourself. Instead of wasting your time being jealous of someone for their healthy choices, why don’t you ask them for tips and start making some of those healthy choices for yourself.

Category: Fitness
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