When the holiday dinner at work rolls around, and you have to promise to leave a little meat for everybody else. Because they know by now.
Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.
... Your family gets you five bars of 72-88% dark chocolate for Christmas. Oh nom nom nom.
When you cannot for the life of you understand what everyone else has against stairs. They line up to fit on a narrow escalator and ignore the wide open completely empty stairs. I had a couple of hours to wait for a train the other day, and went in and out of the station, up and down the stairs a couple of times. I saw about three other people going down them, and not one going up. What am I missing here?
When you flee out the back door at the end of your volunteer shifts because your fellow volunteers are so kind and well-meaning that they will insist upon giving you a ride. And they just don't seem to understand that yes, you really do want to walk all the way home, because it's only three miles and it's not raining hard at all, and that big hill on the way? You love it because you remember thinking you were going to DIE the first time you walked it, but now you can haul ass right on up it as if it were nothing.
ETA: At least once a week, someone looks at you in utter shock and asks, "You walked here?!"
When you haven't set foot on an escalator in months. I'm with Hilary; the extent to which most people are stair-avoidant baffles me.
When you own enough pairs of VFFs to run a special laundry load just for them (okay, a small load, but still). And you have a plain black pair that have somehow taken on the role of "dress shoes."
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When you have a chocolate box and instead of feeling like eating it, you feel angry that it even exists and that there are people getting money by selling that s***, and then you throw the box away as if those chocolates were poison(in fact they are). OR when you hang out with friends and dont even care about their comments (of how you have lost your mind doing a "weird" and "non sense" diet), instead of using that old technique of "eating socially".
I know how you feel about your hill, too. There's one on the way home that I couldn't cycle up without stopping a few years ago, and now I do it without noticing. And yes... 'You cycled?!?'
Compared to a lot of people here at MDA, I'm really out of shape. Yet I can walk for miles without even thinking about it; readily climb hills and stairs; break into an all-out sprint for a couple of blocks to catch a bus without difficulty; touch the palms of my hands flat to the floor without bending my knees; squat for extended periods while working in the yard; sit cross-legged on the floor; and carry a 40-lb bag of cat litter on my shoulder the 1.25 miles to my house without much trouble. And you'd think I was some ultra-fit Superwoman, given the way people react to what I consider a basic, functional level of physical fitness.
Even weirder, a lot of these same people have gym memberships, and are surprised that I don't, or that I don't set aside time to "work out." They'll go do 30-60 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical machine every evening after work, yet still see my walking everywhere and carrying groceries home as some sort of hardship. To exert oneself at all is either a bit of necessary drudgery requiring special equipment, or a punishment for dietary sins. It's never just a natural part of life.
It's just baffling. But a lot of things baffle me, these days. Especially supermarkets, which sell so much stuff that is just NOT FOOD, no matter how edible it may be.
Sometime in the next month or two, I'm going to buy myself my first bike since I was a kid. And I'm really looking forward to going a lot further and faster, and all under my own steam!I know how you feel about your hill, too. There's one on the way home that I couldn't cycle up without stopping a few years ago, and now I do it without noticing. And yes... 'You cycled?!?'