When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be the skinny one.
When I was in high school, I loved when people called me skinny.
In college, I went to the gym to make sure I didn’t gain the dreaded “Freshman 15” and to remain, in a sense, on the skinnier side.
Now? I hate being called skinny.
What exactly do you get for being skinny? Honestly, nothing, other than probably having great genetics.
I haven’t always been this way. I grew up chubbier, and of course I was more self-conscious. But I worked hard and ended up toning up. It’s probably why I don’t like when people call me skinny. For instance, I could be eating a cupcake, and others make a comment that they “shouldn’t eat it” but I can because “look at you, you’re skinny.” Say what?
Unfortunately, no. That’s not how life works. I’m tired of being called that. I work hard every day in the gym. I lift weights, go running, and stay fit. Yes, I do love to exercise. Did I always? Absolutely not! I knew I had to start somewhere, though.
I want to be called fit. I want people to understand the difference between skinny and healthy. Do you know how many girls out there are skinny, yet eat crap? Or have never touched weights once? Or never go to the gym? They may be skinny, but skinny does not = healthy. I want to be the fit and healthy one. I cringe when I hear someone say I am skinny because that is not my goal in life, and I honestly think there is a lot more out there in life than being “skinny.”
If you want to be called skinny, think why. What is that going to bring you that you don’t already have? Will it make you happier? I sure hope not. There are way better things to go after in life. For me? I will continue to exercise because I love how it makes me feel and I genuinely enjoy it. However, you will never see me turn down a cookie just to be called “skinny.”