Yes, I was a child of the 80's.
It was wonderful. We had Big Aqua-net sprayed hair, neon everything, George Michael singing "Careless Whisper", Hammer pants, acid wash jeans & Kirk Cameron as Mike Seaver... just to name a few things.
& then I became 18 at the beginning of the 90's. I actually graduated high school in 1990. So 'life' began for me in the 90's.
I talked about this before (maybe?) but I have always had weight issues. Not that I was disgustingly obese, but I was the heavy girl. The one in school that made everyone laugh, but never was anyone's date. I was the friend to everyone, girls & guys. I was the life of the party, but not the focus. I was the girl who had limited supply of clothes because to buy plus-size clothes in high school, there was only one store & Lane Bryant was
Here's a good example of that. I had one pair of jeans that fit me ... & my mom actually had to take me to a tailor to get them fitted for me. After a few years, being a teen & wanting to wear jeans every day, they wore out quick. I remember they wore out in the knees & our school had a strict policy on wardrobe. No holes at all in jeans. A teacher saw the hole in my pants & sent me to the office. I was horrified. What was I going to do? I had no other pants to wear except dress pants. These are my memories of high school - not fancy prom dresses or football games. It is what it is.
So when I graduated high school, & feeling so 'adult', I wanted to loose weight. I joined Jazzercise at the ripe age of 18 & loved it. I then wanted to watch my food & the big thing was the Susan Powter idea of fat free... it was a huge craze....
|Anyone else remember the whole STOP THE INSANITY thing?|
I went all out fat free. Don't give me peanut butter, but I could eat a whole bag of gummy worms. That stuff had zero fat on the label. It's a go.
I was insane with the food.
My husband remembers when we dated & my salad came out with cheese on it, I sat & cried, like real tears, at the table. I took this fad seriously.
& let me tell you - it worked. I dropped 65 lbs! I was the smallest I ever was in my life. I could shop anywhere, wear anything. On my wedding day, my dress was a size 8 - the only single digit size I ever wore in my life.
Well, here's time zooming by....
Life changes, fads change, weight changes...
I've gained back all that weight & yes, it effects me now. Not like it did when I was in high school. But it does effect me in different ways.
& I know I complain a lot about it & talk a lot about it. Mainly because I take nutrition & fitness so seriously now. Enough to know what's IN foods & not just the fat gram count on a box.
So I was taken back a little bit when I got an email today that said that anyone that knows me knows I'm not happy with my weight since "its all you talk about" .... OK... well, I didn't realize that....
& then I was told that the Fat-free diet I was on years ago worked - why not do it again?
Good question... why don't I do fat-free again?
I think because with the weight gain & the age, I learned wisdom on food. Maybe I don't apply it all in my life correctly, but I know what is in fat-free food. Junk. It's all artificial sweeteners & full of stuff that, I personally feel, messes up a system.
I have read articles that people that did the whole fat free thing, have gained it back plus some, because why? It's not a healthy way to loose weight. It was just that - a fad.
I honestly believe it messed up my metabolism. Being in my 40's doesn't help either.
So no, I know it worked once on me... but that was 24 years ago. My body isn't the same. Food isn't the same. My knowledge of food isn't the same. I know how I eat isn't perfect, but I do know the difference between junk & natural & organic now.
Did you ever do a diet fad?
Did it work?
Do you want to do it again?