I remember being at the Museum of Natural History, taking a class with Dr. Douglas Ubelaker when he was trying to illustrate a very important point -- we could use our formulas to determine what "race" a certain set of bones belonged to (I put "race" in quotes because it's archaic terminology that isn't accurate in describing ethnicity) but while our data might lead us to one set of conclusions, the reality of the situation might be different. In other words, the amount of variation within any one "race" was greater than the variation between the "races": we have more in common than meets the eye.
You might be thinking "what the heck does this have to do with weightloss/health gain." Well, remember last month I posted a blog about jealousy and making assumptions? Well a conversation I had today really drove this point home. A coworker of mine is a beautiful woman, who wears probably a size 4, is french, and tall and lean. We were at the gym together tonight and we got to talking about what we were trying to accomplish (she wants to lose the weight she added on in America, and I guess I could say the same). She had gained 12lbs in the 4 months she's been here! I had no idea where she hid it!
I was surprised when she brought up the subject of emotional eating, or eating out of boredom. I kinda did a double take. This beautiful thin woman had the same issues I have. She talked about her love and lust for ice cream and cookies. She talked about her frustration of not being able to find fresh fruits and vegetables for lunch. She talked about how food is omnipresent in our lives -- we can't escape the sights and smells of food.
I couldn't believe what I was hearing. And I scolded myself a little bit for not thinking that she too could have the same weaknesses as I did.
But bless her heart. We were trying to convert pounds to kilograms and I said that I weigh around 195lbs (I looked it up, I am actually 88 kg--so yay me for having a grasp on math!!) and she said in her cute french accent "Zat eez not pozzible!" She thought I weighed 80kg or so, or 176 lbs. So yeah, she's my new best friend. Sorry Emily. Sorry Nancy.