If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and what would you do if later on you changed your mind?
Well this one is tricky. I answered it straight away in my head and said ‘I would want to be slimmer!’ And then I thought about it a bit more. Not only is that completely untrue, but it also gives completely the wrong impression of myself. The truer answer is ‘I want to be healthier,’ and everything that comes from that just leads on afterwards.
I just spend some time looking at MSN’s editors pictures of the week. 42 pictures of celebrities in all their various guises, going about their lives. Every single one of them; thin as a twig. Its not right. The only one of them who I’m certain is ‘healthy’ rather than ‘skinny’ is David Beckham. As a footballer, there is a certain level of fitness you have to acquire and maintain to be able to do the work that he does. So his physique is a lot to do with that. The rest of them are just frighteningly, dreadfully, painfully thin. Not slim, because that’s different; these women are thin. And its unhealthy.
I’ve lost two stone in the last year (I put one back on again, but that’s really not the point). Just as a result of loosing that little bit of weight, my skin and mood have improved, I’m sleeping better, I’m more active. There are lots of things that go hand in hand with that. And I lost that weight because I began to change my lifestyle to one that was slightly more healthy. No crazy crash diets (diet is a swear word in my house!), just looking at what I’m eating and changing it. Riding my bike more. Walking to work. Laying off the sugar and chocolate and crisps. All things that are very small changes, that have a very positive effect on my health.
I can’t imagine ever wanting to be less healthy. That’s slightly crazy, which is why this question is one that I’m sure was meant to be answered in a physical sense. Unfortunately, the physicalities of my body aren’t where my primary focus tends to fall. Maybe if I gave myself more fingers I’d be able to type faster. That would be cool. Or I could give myself longer hair or eyelashes. They’re all small, petty, cosmetic things that, in the grand scheme of things, don’t really mean much.
Saying that… I will stick with my original answer. I would change my health; I would increase it, and my fitness. If I ever changed my mind, then that would be easy to remedy; I guess I could go back to having a takeaway every week and chocolate every day or something daft like that. I’d soon change my mind again!
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