Why I Don’t Talk About Weight Loss
When I started this site, one of the main principles of it was that I would never talk about weight loss. That’s not why I was working out and it’s not why the majority of women I know work out. Since pretty much all media about fitness aimed at women approaches it from a weight loss angle, I wanted to separate myself from all that. I just wanted Spikes & Heels to be about the love of movement and the mental and emotional clarity that comes from that movement. And yet, I am often approached by PRs with their latest weight loss/supplement/fad diet type pitches.
Proper nutrition is a vital part of everybody’s fitness journey, naturally, but everyone is different, everyone has their own individual needs. I’m not a foodie person at all. Food and nutrition just stress me out to be honest. I’m on my own constant journey to figure out what works for me. I am in no way qualified to talk about any element of nutrition dos and don’ts. On the very rare occasions I have mentioned my nutrition online, I was immediately bombarded with tweets from women asking me to share my diet, automatically assuming it was weight loss oriented. I can’t get with that mentality at all and I feel for women who are just looking for the next fad to shed two pounds that they probably don’t need to lose in the first place. That attitude is never going to change if we don’t create that change ourselves.
I also find the issue to food, nutrition, supplements and the like to be a complete minefield. There are so many conflicting opinions and an abundance of PTs, doctors, physios and the like who are more than willing to jump in online and tell you that whatever your opinion is, it’s wrong. And that’s where I see the danger lies. Since everyone’s case is different, I see far too many people making sweeping generalisations, taking no care to find out an individual’s specific needs. I’m just an advocate for people doing proper research and enlisting the help of professionals if needs be, to ensure they’re doing what’s right for them. I don’t need to weigh in (excuse the pun) on a topic I admittedly have very little knowledge of and confuse things further.
Figuring out your nutrition does not always equate to losing weight either – correct nutrition serves a variety of purposes and it’d be nice if more people viewed it as a means to simply be healthy.
So there you have it – I’m not going to add to the stereotype that all women care about is their weight. There are plenty of us who just like working out for working out’s sake. We love how it makes us feel. And that matters. We are more than our bodies fitting in to social ideals. We prize being fit and healthy and happy. Call me crazy, but I don’t see anything wrong with that.