Wow I remember a few years ago...(Well lets face it...I'm ALMOST 35 so it is potentially more than a few years ago, but I'm in denial and will remain that way)...... I remember a few years ago, hearing about blogs and thinking "well this has got to be a fad. What could people possibly write that would be interesting enough to keep others tuned in". Well I would like to apologize to all bloggers out there. As the inter-web (as my husband calls it) has evolved I recognize now that the world is full of so many interesting people and that we are so lucky to have access to this huge diverse network and to learn from each other. To not contribute would be a disservice to the world (or at least to the small following of people I hope to eventually have). So I figure it's time to get with the program and join the blogosphere :)
Let me give you some insight into why I decided to start a blog.
Reading and learning are probably the two things I love most in the world (besides my family of course). I hate to admit it, but my husband and two boys know that if I have a book in my hand, chances are I'm listening to them with one ear and will likely miss half the conversation. I went to university for 8 years and I would go back for eight more if life didn't require me to be an adult and help support my family. I have searched for a job that involves simply reading books all day and getting paid good money, but I'm pretty sure that job only exists in my dreams. My TO-READ list is almost longer than my already READ list (And I have READ a lot), and it grows day by day by day by day. Dr Seuss once said: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go". So what does this have to do with a blog you ask? Well I find other people's words and thoughts SO interesting, so I thought just maybe other people might find mine interesting too.
I'm a Registered Dietitian who is overweight. Yup you heard that right. I'm an overweight Registered Dietitian (I will probably make a post later about the difference between a Nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian because speaking with any Dietitian you will find out that this is an important distinction for us, but we won't get into that just yet..lol..) I give people advice about what to eat, when to eat, how to eat and I am darn good at my job. And yet I'm overweight. I'm sure I'm not what my clients expect to see when they show up to see me, but I feel like the moment they walk out they get it. I've lived what many of my client's have lived. I was thin my whole life......well I was thin until I wasn't thin, and then I was thin again and then I wasn't thin again. I eat well. I am active. I am healthy. I am overweight. I am so much more than my weight. I think I have finally reached a place in my life where I can let go of putting so much darn energy into "losing the weight" and just BE.
My energy is now going into the things that I love to do instead. I love cooking and eating healthy delicious foods and experimenting with different ingredients. I also love eating not so healthy delicious foods on occasion. I love teaching my two little kids about food and cooking. I love yoga especially restorative yoga; it truly does something for my soul. I love running. In 2010, I ran a half marathon and finished before the full marathon guy finished! (And on a side note, after a year of training almost daily, I didn't lose a single pound). It was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. I'm an overweight Dietitian and I hope that giving people a small window into my life and my thoughts and my knowledge will help change the unfair treatment of people who struggle with weight.
I recently watched a documentary called "Embrace" by Taryn Brumfitt. The message she is sending to the world is SO crucial and I want to be a part of a worldwide movement towards body acceptance. We need to learn how to "press pause" on all the messages we get bombarded with every day....in fact I would argue that with social media it's pretty much every single hour.......we see messages implying that our bodies aren't good enough. We are constantly told we are not good enough. Our bodies are AMAZING! We need to calm our minds and listen to our bodies. Listen to our hearts and just BE. I want women to quit worrying about whether they look pregnant in that new shirt they just bought that they LOVE. I want them to wear the darn shirt and feel fabulous, instead of leaving it in their closet with the tags on for "someday" when their belly goes away.
MY BIG DREAM is for our future generation of girls AND boys, and 20 somethings, and 30 somethings, and 40, and 50, and 60+ somethings is to finally have people love themselves. That they can feel at peace. That they can love their minds. That they love their bodies. That they love their hearts. That they know they are good enough just the way they are.
A BIG dream from a CURVY Dietitian 💚....but I'm up for the challenge....are you?