Normal is an Adjective.
1. conforming to the standaed or common type, usual, not abnormal, regular, natural.
2. serving to establish a standard
3. psychology: if we take this as normal
a. approximately average in psychological trait, as intelligence, personality or
b. free from metal disorder, sane.
Normal as a noun.
a. the average or same
b. the standard or type.
Normal : origin, Latin: Normalis.
When I was working to lose weight the word normal was all I could think of
I knew at 335 lbs, I was no where near normal
Normal weight, normal eating habits. I just wanted to be normal.
I had been a normal weight, didn't over eat, never had to agonize over what foods I could eat.
I wanted to be the normal person I had been.
I'm 45 in this photo, looking quite normal.
After 18 months I seemed to be back in the normal category.
But was I really.?
Appearance wise I looked pretty normal. I worked hard at maintain a certain weight.
Trying to stay at 135, trying to work out . Not eating certain foods. I was so involved in becoming the women I had once been I lost track of the women I was now.
I started to think what is normal?
Is it a weight that we are told has to match our height?
Is it what fashion dictates.?
Where does age enter into it?
If one has to work out 3,4 hours a day and eat 1000 calories a day to maintain a certain weight, is that normal?
We think the person who looks to be a normal weight has no trouble maintain that image. We have no idea what they go through to look as they do.
I want to live, I want to be healthy, I don't want to kill myself trying to achieve that.
I don't fit in a box. I am not cut from a pattern. I didn't come out of a mold.
I am not going to conform to a weight chart.
I am a 73 year old women , 5'6" who doesn't need to weigh 135.
I am going to maintain a healthy weight, workout as much as my body lets me and
enjoy my life.
I will not feel guilty if I miss the gym. I will not miss the 3, 4 hours I had to spend to maintain a 135 lb. body.
I don't need to me that normal.
I won't be obese, but if ones wants to rate me by a chart, I could be a little over weight. My fat ratio is good, some of that 165 is muscle.
I feel good, I look good, I am active, and I am happy.
Happy to have time enjoy my friends,
Happy to be involved in a second career of jewelry design and sales.
Happy to enjoy my bargain thrift shopping.
If anyone thinks I don't look happy, you don't know what happy is.
I won't stop watching what I eat.
In fact I eat very healthy.
I average 1100 to 1250 calories a day.
I limit my carbs to 100, in fruits, veggies.
Most of the time I don't eat starchy foods. .
My body doesn't metabolize certain carbs very well, so I avoid them.
I aim for 80 to 110 grams of protein a day.
Limit sodium to 800 to 1500 grams .
There are times I wish I didn't have to think through what foods I order or buy.
I slip into that "wish I was normal mode", But then I smile and think, I'm sure those "normal people stay normal by thinking what they can and can't eat.
So the heck with being normal.
I am an unique fantastic, fabulous women who is living the life she was meant to live.
I stopped at my favorite thrift store this morning, got a fabulous red suede fringed jacket.
Picked up a suede western hat, I am planning to decorate it with turquoise beads.
I already have red boots and western brown boots.
My "friend" and I are going to a country western music festival.
I plan on fitting in.
Or you could say I love the Boho, 60's, Hippy, Western look and happy that I can still pull the look off.
Here's my western look.
I also found this pale turquoise cotton, lace prairie style skirt. Thought it will look good with the jacket, boots, etc.
I will get some photos when I put this look together.
Just to reinstate, I will not be defined by a weight chart.
My weight like my age it's all irrelevant . It's just a number.
To all my Spark friends, thank you for always being here , your support means the world to me.
Peace and Love.