What if you could eat anything you wanted, never exercise, and still be thin and healthy?
Just picture it – a lifetime of putting anything you want into your mouth with no negative consequences. A moment on the lips is no longer an eternity on the hips. Calories are nonexistent. All carbs are created equal. Know what I think? I probably wouldn’t crave junk food so badly if I could have it all the time. Maybe I would have no food issues because maybe my issues stem from a negative body image and the feeling that I need to deprive myself. I’d be thin and undeprived; would I be happy?
Would I exercise if I didn’t need to? Or do I really get some magical invisible endorphins that would keep me working out? Would I miss the camaraderie at the gym? Or the feeling of satisfaction after I actually worked up a sweat? Or the pleasure of being outside doing something on a beautiful day? I don’t ever think about myself as being in particularly good shape, but under the saddlebags there are actually some pretty decent quadriceps. Would I be comfortable just being thin but not being fit? Could I give up the dream of a 4-pack (having long ago realized a 6-pack was never in my future)? Would I feel constant guilt at the thought that I should be exercising even though my weight doesn’t demand it?
I just don’t know. But I do know that I will never find out; I have a better chance of winning Powerball! My best honest guess is that I could happily live my life being thin while eating whatever I wanted (and it wouldn’t be vegetables). But, (and I will always have a big butt,) I would probably still get my body moving. (Which is really saying something since I was that girl chosen last in gym class – but more on that another day.)
What would you do?