I wrote this post some time ago, but it is as relevant today as ever. As I continue to expand into things like Skinny Traveler and Skinny Kitties (sit tight, that cat weight loss thing is going to be big), I want to be sure that everybody understands my definition of “skinny.” I don’t often receive negative comments, but if I ever do, it somehow stems from a misconception of what I advocate, based the relatively controversial word. Let me be really clear here and summarize this all real quick: to me, Skinny is just one word that summarizes healthy, happy, fit, confident and strong. In no way am I encouraging or endorsing a nutrient void, exercise overloaded lifestyle that renders a frail, unhealthy, undernourished body or mind. Please do read on for the history of how I came to this title and what my real goals are for my readers — and what I really mean when I say “Eat. Drink & be Skinny!”
My History with the Word “Skinny”
In 2007, I began working on “SkinnyTinis: All the Fun for Half the Calories.” It was the first low calorie recipe book that was devoted 100% to cocktails. This was way before Skinny Girl owned the market. The name made perfect sense, as the drinks were essentially skinny versions of their original high calorie counterparts and I was teaching my readers how to still enjoy a cocktail that had a real kick, but with 50% of the calories. When my book was published, I had the clever idea to sign them all “Eat. Drink & be Skinny!” as a fun take on the familiar saying “Eat, Drink & be Merry.” Fitting, right? In 2012, when my publisher announced they were going to release my book in paperback, I was so excited!
I decided to launch this blog to promote the SkinnyTini book, but to also expand my impact and teach my readers more than just how to save calories while boozing it up. So now the term “Eat. Drink & be Skinny” has a whole new light because I can write about any and all food, cocktail, juicing, fitness and lifestyle tips that support a “skinny” lifestyle. Now skinny is a part of my message in my “Color Yourself Skinny” which teaches users simple, effective and sustainable ways to create a healthy lifestyle. I’ve launched Adventures of a Skinny Traveler as a section on my blog and will be launching Skinny Kitties to support the Sam and Sophie Slim Down in June.
What Skinny Means to Me
I use the word skinny as a really quick, simple, flirty way to sum up fun, fit, healthy, happy and vibrant! When I say skinny I picture an active, energetic, bouncy girl who is in love with her life, confident in her body and proud of who she is. When I say skinny I want people to envision themselves healthy and happy, not hiding from the camera or struggling with self doubt. Skinny is fun. Skinny is fit. Skinny is, in my book, healthy. Think Skinny Jeans, Skinny Girl and Skinny Latte — there is nothing bad or scary — it’s just a fun, sassy and slightly sexier way way to say fun, fit and healthy.
What I’m NOT referring to when I say “Skinny”
Here is where the tricky part comes in. If you read the dictionary definition of skinny — it’s technically the exact opposite of what I promote and represent. And in fact, if you google images for “skinny” some pretty scare stuff comes up. And there are some people out there with serious health conditions who cannot gain weight, who struggle with being too thin and they take offense to the word. Anorexia, bulimia, and distorted body image disorders are all serious problems and I am not encouraging anybody to head down those rabbit holes — because they are dark and scary and pretty tough to get out of.
What this Blog is Really About.
So please understand there are always at least two ways to look at any situation. One is usually positive, and the other is often negative. If you’ve read any of my articles, you know I’m coming from a place of positive — it’s in my DNA — I was just born this way. My goal when I sit down to produce and publish content for the world to read is “How can I remove barriers and help more people be healthier and happier today?”
- Do they need quick, easy healthy recipes so their busy bodies and overworked lifestyles can stay properly nourished?
- Do they need more fast acting, fat burning, excuse free workout ideas that can be done anywhere so more people can reap the infinite benefits of a good sweat?
- Do they need motivation or inspiration to help them set a wellness related goal?
- Would some simple instructions on how to detox after a a few days of retox be helpful?
- Is there a message out there today that is confusing that could use clarification?
- Can I give people something new to think about today that may help more people to see food as fuel for performance, not reward or comfort?
- Can a share a story from my life experience that may be relatable, interesting or helpful to someone else?
I have never sat down and asked myself how I could make people want to be less healthy — I promise! And it’s certainly nothing I plan to do. So if you’ve ever had any doubts about the title of this blog, put them away. Trust in the positive side of the story and enjoy my many messages about how to Eat. Drink & be Skinny! And of course, please remember that it’s not about being perfect, it’s about being better.
Does this definition resonate with you — or do you have a different take on the word? You know I always love to hear!