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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.
For me.
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  • LIGHTHOUSE23
    I loved your blog. My husband, for years has been able to eat anything he wanted. I think what has helped him is the fact that he could and often does eat greens (any kind) 24/7. He does eat breakfast and all of the other meals, too. No medication, for anything except allergies. Recently, he/we notice the flat tummy was poking out a little. He stated, that he was going to eat what I eat...at least most of the time! I guess he wants to continue to wear his normal pants. :-0
    4301 days ago
  • 40_4ME4FAMILY
    Hey, I liked your blog. You look amazing by the way! I laughed out loud about the Little Debbie Mistress thing. If it weren't for my hubby's two loves...Miss Pop Tart and Miss Little Debbie...he'd starve to oblivion! He eats worse than me, on one of my bad days! I think you are right that what we perceive is normal, isn't really the case. I hate having to think about it all too, but the more I learn about myself and how I feel, the more ok I become with the concept. Keep up the awesome work. Maybe your husband will fall into line with you, and be able to wear normal pants! emoticon
    4302 days ago
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