In search of "normal"
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
For probably most of my adult life I've lamented "Why can't I eat like a normal person?" My perception of a normal person being of one who can eat anything they want without obsessing about calories, portions, fat grams. But naturally thin, of course.
Finally sick of that phrase playing over and over in my head like a record on repeat, I went in search of just what is a normal person and how do they really eat?
I decided to start with my patients in the ob/gyn clinic where I work. Fortunately I am a nurse so could get away with querying them and appear legit and not just rude. What I found ended the stuck recording in my head forever:
Half the females I asked about eating and exercise efforts to lose or maintain their weight were indeed aware of every bite they put in their mouth. Struggling along just like me! ---
THE OTHER HALF NEEDED TO!
Granted this is not the male perspective. The only frame of reference I have for a male and one that I have long lumped in that "normal" category is my husband. He has always seemed to eat what ever he wants and not gain weight. He never eats "diet" anything. His mistress is Little Debbie!
Of course he never eats breakfast. Never cleans his plate. Takes cholesteral medication, is flirting with type II diabetes and most of all --
Gasp! Has started buying "relaxed pants" with the "comfort waistband" (Sorry, Honey, I did just tell the internet your secret...)
So honestly, I'm over the normal person thing. If I want to stay at my goal weight, I'm going to have to watch every bite, calorie, and gram of fat I put in my mouth. And exercise my butt off to boot.
So what? I'm normal.