There was a time in my young adult life I didn’t diet. Can you believe that? I wasn’t thin (I never have been), I wasn’t in either good shape or bad shape… I just was… and I didn’t have to diet to be. I miss those days. Unfortunately while I was living those days I didn’t fully appreciate them. Although I don’t necessarily want to return to my early twenties (they weren’t bad but why repeat them), I do wish to be present in a time when I can honestly just eat.
In Venezuela, each graduating High School class chooses and organizes how they want to celebrate. I went to a small private school. While some students had set plans right after graduation, two thirds of us decided to take a 4-day trip to Margarita Island. And so it happened that I spent a good part of my last year in High School at the gym and “eating well” and lost a few pounds to look great in my graduation dress and even better in a bikini. By graduation I was probably a solid size 4. Most of my classmates were much more fit than I was but I was incredibly happy with the results. So was my high school crush. 😉
I estimate that the following 4-5 years were my diet-free years and of course I gained some weight but I still felt comfortable in my own skin not worrying too much about what I ate or whether or not I exercised. In hindsight, this was probably the beginning of my mid-life end… probably. These years coincide with my most extroverted years. I remember lots of parties, trips to the beach, and home BBQs. I remember overlapping flings, terrible hangovers, and weekend adventures. Those were the days… well, the years.
Random Pictures from 1995-2001
Don’t take me wrong, I don’t want to go back to the insecurities of my late teens and early twenties, nor do I need to relearn my lessons. But I do wish to live in a time when I don’t have to scrutinize a menu or nutritional label. I do wish I could just eat. Alas, those days are gone now… for good.
This post is inspired by The Daily Post Daily Prompt “Salad Days: Is there a period in your own personal life that you think of as the good old days? Tell us a story about those innocent and/or exciting times (or lack thereof).”
I hope you enjoyed it 😀