15 Signs You’re a Total Health Freak (And Why That’s Awesome)

It’s hard out there for a health and fitness freak.

Whether it’s the constant barrage of donuts, cookies and other sweet treats from coworkers in your office kitchen, the pressure to drink during a night out on the town (when you’d much rather be at a different kind of barre all together), or Snickers-filled care packages from your mom back home (ugh…thanks, Mom), society is seldom friendly to individuals on serious health kicks.

Of course, this societal norm also means that when you’re simply being you (i.e. asking for ingredients on restaurant menus, spending hours perusing Whole Foods), heads tend to turn and gawk. And while those eccentricities might incite some giggles, we’re firm believers that there should be absolutely no shame in your health and fitness game.

Here are 15 signs you’re an absolute health or fitness freak—and why that’s absolutely, 100 percent okay:

When your co-workers want to meet at the “bar” after work, you (on more than one occasion) have mistakenly tried to meet them inside a gym…at the squat rack.

While most of your cube-mates count down the seconds until they can get their hands on a cocktail after 5:30 p.m., your idea of letting loose and de-stressing after work typically involves liquids leaving your body (in the form of perspiration) rather than entering your body (in the form of booze).

You’ve beent he subject of at least one long, dramatic eye roll from your friends (or the waiter) at a restaurant after asking for a list of ingredients in a dish.

In your defense, just because it’s on the “light” or “healthy” side of the menu, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you. While it might’ve caused the waiter or waitress to grumble to his/her co-workers back in the kitchen, you’re sure to leave a hefty tip afterword.

Your room, apartment or house is a wasteland for half-used fitness gear and health supplements.

Aside from the half-naked fitness models on the label, those powder supplement containers make great flower vases! Even better, friends coming over probably see your discarded fitness purchases like a mini garage sale (although they might trip a few times in the process).

You’ve been known to wolf down a pizza pie (or two) on your ‘cheat’ days.

Although you’re committed to your meal regimen five or six days out of the week, on those extra-special cheat days or cheat meals, you throw caution—and calories—to the wind. Your mentality? Single slices = for sissies.

Dry shampoo has become your best friend.

When it comes deciding between washing your hair or squeezing in that cycling sesh before work, you’re more likely to pick the latter. We think the inventor of dry shampoo really should win a Nobel prize already.

You can’t remember the time you wore pants with a zipper.

They’re comfortable. They’re flattering. Did we mention they are so, so comfy? No matter what brand, color or style, yoga pants beat zip-up jeans any day of the week. And when you do slip on a pair of jeans, they feel like a torture device for your tummy and booty.

You know the name of one (or all) of your class instructors.

Your squad is a collection of friends you see try to see weekly, if not daily. So what makes your workout instructors any different? Of course, there is that whole paying to see them thing, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for forging solid friendships. Just try to keep the chit-chat to before and after class.  

…bonus: you’ve actually gotten one of those instructors a gift.

While getting your workout instructor a gift that costs as much as something you’d buy a family member or significant other would be pushing the creep-factor, there’s still no harm in showing your gratitude for them busting your butt each class. 

Your savvy friends now know to ask you to bring an appetizer to potlucks — never a dessert.

Your dessert privileges were permanently revoked after you brought a chocolate cake with—gasp!—beans as the main ingredient. But while that may be true, you’re still the squad’s go-to for healthy, fresh veggie-based appetizers.

Your urine has an, er, interesting odor.

We think the tangy taste and amazingly awesome health benefits in asparagus more than make up for the, um, not-so-pleasant smell after peeing. Munch on, girlfriend.

You have nightmares about being forced to eat pre-packed frozen meals, Twinkies or other processed foods.

While the thought of yourself gorging on plastic-wrapped food gives you the serious heebie-jeebies, seeing other people down processed stuff in front of you is sure to make you gag. How can people eat that stuff?

On those rare occasions you actually put effort into your hair and make-up, your friends barely recognize you.

Sadly, some occasions (weddings, bachelorette extravaganzas, birthday parties) aren’t really appropriate for ponytails and yoga pants. But when you do put in (even mild) effort into your look, you lose count of all the double-takes your friends do. While the attention is momentarily fun, you’re secreting counting down the minutes until you can wipe all that makeup off and switch back to Lycra.

You’ve been a victim of Whole Paycheck.

Raise your hand if you’ve been victimized by Whole Foods. *Raises hand* While nobody is forcing you to spend your entire paycheck (dubbed “Whole Paycheck”) on the high-end supermarkets fresh product and exotic meats, for health freaks, it’s a serious vice. Next time, bring cash and stick to one to two must-have items.

The last time you had a single drink, you had a day-long hangover.

Scroll in disbelief while seeing pictures of your friends partying on Facebook is a nightly occurrence. How on earth do they consume four beers and not get a hangover?!

While your friends are playing Candy Crush, you’re meticulously tracking your progress.

While your friends’ iPhones are filled with game and dating apps, yours is filled with fitness and food apps to help you diligently track your progress, count calories and schedule your next class.

And while those same friends might stare at you in disbelief when you ask for ingredients at a restaurant, make a bean-inspired chocolate cake or skip out on drinks in favor of a sweat sesh, ultimately, we think that’s why they love you so much.

Julia Sullivan is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. When she's not picking heavy things up and setting them down again (more commonly known as weight lifting), trying to prepare healthy meals in her doll-sized Manhattan studio or writing about the latest fitness craze, she chronicles her zany adventures as a new New Yorker in her blog, Jules & the City. You can also follow her on Twitter.