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Defining “Skinny”

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.

Trust me, there is nothing Scary Skinny about me, my goals or what's on my mind :)

Trust me, there is nothing Scary Skinny about me, my goals or what’s on my mind 🙂


Does this definition resonate with you — or do you have a different take on the word? You know I always love to hear!

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  • Flea Walters

    I hear you Teresa! Some people chose only to see what they want and not read all of what your Blog is about. Same on them. SKINNY to me is So Kick In a No Nonsense You! Which to me is exactly looking out for one’s health in a positive manner. Just as you Blogged! I’m a lot older than you – but believe me Younger Mentoring is Welcomed in my world! One can never stop learning! Thank You Teresa and keep up the Great Spirit! xoFlea

  • Lindsey C

    Well said!!! You are such an inspiration, and reading your blog always gives me extra energy & incentive to be your version of skinny… healthy, fit and happy!! Thank you for your great blog! 🙂

    • teresamarierun

      Oh Lindsey — you are too kind!! I love that you love my blog!! I think you are an inspiration too 🙂 We should partner up and make a “gopher dance” workout video – ha!!

  • Susan Higley

    Thanks for the great information. I have just started blogging. I am a health advocate, too.
    Currently on a personal quest to improve my mental health and clarity with my subconscious mind. 🙂 I am a runner, and currently taking the 30 plank challenge. Thanks again.

  • amblingalana

    Thanks so much for writing this post! I’m happy to know how aware you are with all of the issues surrounding body image and ACTUAL health rather than perceived heath (i.e., the “ultra slim” image Hollywood loves to push on us women). I LOVE your blog and I have been a silent participant in many of your 30-day challenges 🙂
    Ambling Alana

    • Teresa

      Hi Alana!! I’m so glad you read this post and have found my blog 🙂 I have a light hearted approach to health and I’m so glad that’s resonating with you!! Congrats on all the challenges too, I know they are not that easy 😉

  • Charlotte

    What is so funny is that it would be easy for me to look at the title and think negative. I do have an eating disorder. I have binge eating disorder. I used to weigh over 400 pounds. For most of my adult life I have been obese. I’m not anymore. It is a daily struggle for me. I did not do it through surgery because I knew it was an addiction and an emotional issue that would come out in some other area, so I did it through structure and the 12-Steps. But I still struggle and I probably always will. I have also now experienced the flip side in which I quit eating for days at a time, went through the whole purging thing. It stinks quite frankly. However, never once did I take the title of your blog in a negative manner, and there is absolutely NO WAY it could be taken negatively once read! I commented once before on a recipe because I just love the simplicity and fun way you have about all you post. It makes me happy. That is something I need so I keep coming back. It helps me a lot and I make it part of my plan of action to check out the blog and participate in the challenges that I physically can (and most of them are so simply I can). It’s all in how a person views their own journey I suppose. I have had a lot of negative experience with food, and I still deal daily with that, but it is what it is and I can’t let it take over everything now can I? 🙂 Love this site!


    • Teresa

      Hi Charlotte – Thank you for your nice note and reassurance that I’m on target here with this blog. I’m so glad you found it and have enjoyed what I have put together so far! Stay tuned for lots more 🙂 Cheers!

  • cassi9879b

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your definition of skinny! Every body is different so your definition allows virtually ANYONE to become skinny by being healthy and happy…plain and simple (well, maybe not so simple but you get the idea). That can mean so many different things to each individual and it makes being skinny a very personal journey.

  • Miko

    Ok, So, I am from New Orleans. While I am not a heavy drinker, food and drink are an integral part of our New Orleans culture. You are the first nutrition person that does not advocate the removal of alcohol from your life… It is not required, but never consuming any alcohol (unless for medical reasons) makes people here look at you a little funny. I am going to pick up your Skinni tini book. Bringing nifty (skinny) drinks to a party makes you cool. They never need to know they are drinking Skinny, right?
    And I have also been a silent participant in several challenges, usually with a friend who wants to start a habit of working out. The challenges are simple and straight forward enough that they can jump right in. I can still push myself and we have fun!

    • Teresa

      Hi Miko! I do have to say I’m a realist when it comes to booze. I know from a weight loss perspective, it’s very difficult to find success with the extra calories, but alcohol can easily play a party in a healthy, balanced lifestyle…it’s just takes a little time and attention. I can’t wait for you to try some of the recipes in SkinnyTinis! You’ll have to let me know which is your favorite…and don’t miss the Vanilla Chai-Tini. It’s one of my favs 🙂 Cheers!

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