January 5th, 2012
by Jodi · Filed Under: Ramblings
Last week’s series was great because I had a ton of you asking me a ton of questions (which is always a good thing). It’s good mainly because I love to answer questions…unless you’re one of my children…and I just got on the phone. Let me focus.
The number one question asked was, “Am I skinny fat?” Or basically, what constitutes being skinny fat? And the way it was asked was like I had some big book on the side of my desk about the size of an almanac that had all kinds of guidelines and questions in it like what’s in “other natural flavors” and “do bananas have seeds”. It was quite interesting and quite telling.
First, you should know by now you can’t ask me a question like that because I’m just going to go into a ten minute over the top diatribe about fat levels and our perception of ourselves vs. gaining muscle and so on that in the end is tragic and hard to listen to. I think in a polite way I am referring to myself as a blowhard. Whatever. If the shoe fits…
Second, what you’re really asking me is, “I know you can’t see me right now, cuz this is just through email an’all, but…is the small farm animal hanging off my backside…fat? Or is it just displaced muscle? Because I have been ignoring it for months and I was hoping you would alleviate my fears by telling me I’m ok.” Honestly, you know I won’t get on board with any of that so stop asking me to call you fat. Personally, I am not a fan of the term but seeing as ‘thin body wrapped in strategically placed insulation to keep the woman warm’ wasn’t a big hit, I’m going with skinny fat for now.
Third, it is just too hard to put into words what it is because as soon as you do that, the exception walks into the room. (Who can guess how much I people watch and observe body types?)
Lastly, there is nothing wrong with you. You are not “fat”, unattractive, useless and whatever other negative word you may want to put in there because you have extra body fat. What you are, though, is unhealthy and that concerns me more. Weight is an indicator that something is wrong in Dodge but when it is absent, what’s left is undetected illness. Stay on top of your healthy habits. Cool?
So I am not going to give you a hard and fast rule, but I will give you some ideas by telling you that skinny fat girls:
Put NASA on alert
One of the things about being SF (makes me feel better about the term) is that they are smooshy. They look good in clothing but when they are not in clothing much more is revealed about their current eating habits. In other words, if you can take a size 4 body and shove it into a size 2 pair of pants in such a way that when you take them off a sonic boom is released into the atmosphere from the expansion, you may be on your way to SF. Now you would think that about *any* size girl, but not so! With SF girls, they still *look* good in those size 2’s.
Are Off the Charts
Most of us have no idea what is an appropriate amount of body fat to have once we have entered into the clean eating zone. We start out looking ok/good—basically, not bad per se—at about 22% body fat. We fully invest ourselves into the eating and lifting regimen for a season or so and can get down to as low as 11-14% body fat. We realize we need a break from killing ourselves and ease up to about 16 -17%, which is awesome but now we think we’re obese. Really right now?! So our idea of what’s an acceptable body fat level is not exactly what I would call a ‘good litmus’. BUT, if you are a grown woman and fit into your doctor’s weight chart as an acceptable weight for your age (because let’s face it, those charts are biased toward prepubescent nymphs that live in a fairy land somewhere) and your body fat % is 24% or over, you may be skinny fat. So if you’re 5’9”, weigh 125 pounds and are 25% body fat…you would be…really SF.
Are Like Cockroaches and Taxes
…they have just always “been”. Almost all SF girls have been just that—SF—all their lives. Yeah they may fluctuate a few pounds here and there (as much as 15 and then qualify for NASA) but for the most part, dey small gurls. Small. Real small. And not much is changing that other than hardcore prayers from some haters and maybe a bad, bad, bad break up. But other than that, that’s who they are. So…if you dieted down to that small of size but also, that high of body fat level—that’s not SF. That’s bad dieting. You need to knock your coach upside his/her head and hope that your weight doesn’t bounce back up like a superball dropped from the roof of your house.
So there you have it. If I met you and assessed you and you had any of these things, the only thing that I would think is:
- You need to clean up your diet.
- You need to lift heavy and smart.
- Cardio is not the answer.
- Watch out for alcohol, it’s not your friend.
That’s it. Nothing more. So no more asking me questions phrased in a way that I can hear the fear coming through the email. You, like the rest of us, just have some bad habits that need attention but you are still worthy and gorgeous as far as we are concerned. Cool? Woop woop!!