I sometimes wonder if people wouldn’t understand me better if my passion was reading or baking or making model airplanes.
There seems to be some kind of stigma that comes along with saying that you’re interested in body building and clean eating. There have been times where I’ve had people say to me, “That’s stupid. You should be able to eat what you want.” Here’s the thing – I do eat what I want. I want healthy food, I want to eat to fuel my body, I don’t want your cookies though I’m sure they are delicious and kudos to you for your talent in the kitchen. I’ve gotten to be pretty good in the kitchen myself and the food I make is delicious, if I do say so myself. It just happens to be healthy at the same time.
People’s reaction to the gym is another story entirely. There’s an assumption that wanting to build lean muscle means you’re going to go from zero to the Incredible Hulk in 0.68 seconds and will spend your time popping steroids. I made a comment on Twitter the other day about how there was nothing I would rather do at 5:30 a.m. than go to the gym and someone jokingly replied, “Sleeping?” I do sleep, for at least 7 hours a night (more than most TV watchers who stay up to get all their shows in, mind you.) I feel rested when my alarm goes off and for me the alternative to being at the gym at 5:30 a.m. is usually being at work, which just isn’t as fun! I crave my workout the way some people crave chocolate ice cream. Once I’m done I am already craving the next one. The word “obsession” has been thrown at me before but I’m not obsessed, I’m dedicated and I’m doing what I love.
To clear it up for good, I eat clean so that when I get into the gym (at 5:30 a.m.) I feel strong and can get through my workout feeling positive then make it through the day full of energy. I don’t put unnatural things into my body and that’s just my thing. I have no expectations of myself, I know there will be times when I am going to eat a deliciously greasy cheeseburger and no, I won’t feel like a “cheater” for doing it.
The other thing I notice people do is apologize for eating “bad” things in front of me. I don’t judge anyone for what they eat (or don’t eat) so don’t feel bad eating a piece of pizza in front of me, don’t apologize. I’m not on a restrictive diet, I’m not hungry and looking at your pizza longingly wanting to snatch it out of your hands. I’m not interested in eating it because I know how I feel afterwards (usually not good). Please, eat your nachos, eat your pizza, eat your cake, eat your Jello and if you want you can eat an extra piece for me because I’m happy with what I have. 🙂