Why do they ask me? Anyone that knows me even a little, asks because they know I'm interested in the topic. Fitness, gardening, money and food are my hot buttons. Ask me anything about those topics and stand back - because there will be no end to the commentary.
But strangers and neighbors ask for other reasons. Maybe they want help, they want advice, or they want an excuse. I swear some women ask me "how did you get so thin?" just to make themselves feel better. They want me to say "it's genetics" or "I never eat" or some other line that makes it out of my control and of course out of theirs.
Then again, some people might mean it as an insult. "Ew, how'd you get SO skinny?" I've never heard the "Ew" but it's probably been implied. I don't know, women's issues are extremely complicated.
Even still, I had been planning a blog post on the subject for a long time. I wanted to answer all those people in one (long) article, detailing out what it takes to be thin for life. To be fair, I was born thin and was thin until I had babies. Then I oscillated between fat and kind of fat for a few years after their births.
I got back to my thin self but reconnecting with the "old me" and doing things the way I had always done. I wanted to share those ways with you, but someone else beat me to the punch. If you are overweight and serious about changing your entire lifestyle, then you'll want to get a copy of Bob Harper's The Skinny Rules.
What is it? It's a book that outlines 20 rules that you must live by in order to be thin. Some of them will be life changers; others, not so much. NONE of them have anything to do with exercise! Exercise isn't even mentioned in this book (except in the first few pages to note that eating patterns have a much greater effect on your BMI.)
That was a big shocker. I was surprised that Bob Harper (The Biggest Loser Trainer) would not bring up exercise. But it should be comforting to all overweight people that he has trained many people back into healthy weights and that as a thin person, I follow all but 1 of Bob's rules consistently.
If you want to know which rule that is, ask me about it, or just look up rule #7. That's the one rule I break, regularly. But I'm not trying to lose weight. It's a good rule to follow if you are trying to scale back.
The book consists of the rules, tools to get you started, and recipes. I really liked every part of the book. It's a little bit odd because it's pretty clear that Bob is involved in the writing process. His voice comes across in the book and I found myself trying to imagine him saying some the words or trying to remember if he had said something similar on The Biggest Loser.
He's definitely not the "nice trainer" he gets pegged for, but he's honest and willing to tell it like it is. You may not like the changes described in the book, but they are the truth and Bob has obviously kept up on current studies, trends, and food issues. I like he's methods.
In the past, I spent way too much time entering contests to "train with Bob for a day." Now I'm smart enough to know that he'd take one look at me, grin maniacally, and force me to run at 12mph, and then cross-fit me to death. Even still, I like his style.
We have a very similar view on food (ethically and health-wise) and he followed the same omnivore to vegetarian to vegan to skinny fat to reluctant omnivore path that I have.
If you're already thin, this is not the book for you. Not to lose weight anyway. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, you can read the book and make a few changes. If you're one of the many Americans that needs to make a change but doesn't know where to start, then get this book. It clears through all the crap that's out there and gives you a straight forward plan.
You many not like "the plan" but it's the only plan that's really going to work - for life. And beyond the recipes and rules, I'd recommend you exercise. You don't have to be a track star or olympian. Just move your body every day - a lot. Do whatever you actually like to do - swim, dance, walk, ride bike. And do some stuff you hate - mow the lawn, dig a garden, clean your house. Just get up and move.
*I received a complimentary copy of The Skinny Rules. No compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.