Do you think we (women of today) hold ourselves to Wonder Woman levels? While it’s true that our mothers and grandmothers were often seen by men as sexual objects, standards for optimum health and thinness was lower. Most of our grandmothers were twenty pounds overweight but didn’t know they had type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure because of too much fat putting pressure on internal organs. With our multi-tasking roles, we’re wage earners, mothers, wives, expert lovers, and often gourmet chefs. We’re supposed to do all these (tiring!) things while not eating too much. We are not super human. The standard for what is expected of us (and what we expect of ourselves) is too high.
Most importantly, we need to take care of ourselves. Maybe that does include losing weight, but only if it is our idea. If extra weight feels like an emotional anvil and we wake up feeling the heaviness before we get out of bed, it does affect our life. I’ve been there and so has our daughter Janice who gained fifteen pounds right off the bat her freshman year. She gained five more pounds before we started researching for our book, GOLD STANDARD OF THIN, a guide for steady weight loss and rich health. Our bodies became our science experiments for feeling our best. Being overweight didn’t feel good. We came up with a fail safe method that included “seven secrets in a little gold suitcase.” Thin now, we exercise more because we feel like it. We choose healthier food automatically from the stash of recipes we’ve created, Chapter Four– Recipes from High Energy Nutrients. If we’re going to hold ourselves to Wonder Woman levels, we need to take care of ourselves first.
GOLD STANDARD OF THIN by Janice Rowland and Kathleen Rowland will be released in January 2010 from Sugar and Spice Press.