"How are you skinnier now than when you were when you had an eating disorder?"
This irks me more than anything. And I'm allowed to stand up for myself because this comment isn't okay. This person was referring to me being skinnier now because I have "abs."
Here's what I have to say:
1. You can have an eating disorder when you're 5 feet tall and 200 pounds. You can have an eating disorder when you're 100 pounds but your "BMI" says you're a healthy weight. Eating disorders aren't determined by weight.
2. If you really want to get into the weight thing. I am OVER 20 pounds heavier than I was at my lowest weight. So, thanks but I'm NOT skinnier now than I was.
3. The ab thing. Abs are muscles. In order to build muscles, you need to eat more and train them like you would any other muscle group. When I was at my lowest weight and suffering deeply from my eating disorder I had NO ABS. People think that the answer to abs is the lowest weight possible. For me, and probably for many of you, it's about building a strong foundation all over and eating enough food to SUPPORT your ab muscles. If you wanna learn how to build abs - I'd suggest training SMARTER not necessarily harder ;) Check out PIIT28 for the ultimate ab program.
Take a look at this comparison. The first pic was when I was around my lowest weight. Some people may call it "skinny-fat" or whatever. I had zero muscle mass. I was just skin and bones. NO definition. No health. No happiness.
The second picture is me now. I don't walk around like that all day. The picture was taken in the morning, so I was my "leanest." I have gained a lot of muscle, and gained about 20lbs from my lowest weight.
I stopped sharing numbers a long time ago because we are all different weights and heights. We all have different activity levels and goals. NO ONE needs to eat the same amount of food each day to look a specific way. And besides, your body isn't going to look like anyone else's EVER - because YOU ARE YOU.
4. Stop making me feel guilty for having abs. It honestly kills me. Abs are cool. No abs are cool. Abs do not equal health or being fit. Abs are a fucking muscle. Some days I have them, some days I don't because I'm bloated.
If I can tell you one thing that I've learned, it's that eating LESS isn't going to make you happier and it's most definitely not going to give you the body that you probably want. You need to nourish your body with the nutrients it needs to be strong and support muscle.
Another thing that concerns my is the constant need to look at pics of other people and judge them. I share A LOT about myself, but you do not truly know me. Don't look to Instagram to find girls you want to look like. Look to Instagram to find girls who motivate and inspire you to be better, stronger, healthier, happier, and smarter.