Friday, July 29, 2011

You're not going to be one of "THOSE" people, are you??

One of what, exactly? It's no secret, I'm a big(ger) girl and I've never been small. Age age 10, I was already 5'5". Now, at 24, I'm 5'9" and large framed. Since May of this year, I've lost 25 lbs. Eat less + move more = smaller me.

You would figure most friends and family would be celebrating, right? They know hubby and I want to have children someday, so wouldn't they be supportive of a healthier me?

I guess not. I've gotten more than one comment about what I eat (my co worker offered another friend a piece of bread in the break room because she figured I "wouldn't eat it." It was almost as if I had to remind her that I eat bread. My mother expressed concern about me exercising when she found out that I biked in the morning, walked at lunch and walked after work. (that day only, the third walk wasn't planned) "you're not going to be one of those are you?" One of what? Those healthy, fit, moms or moms-to-be? HELL YES I AM. I love weight training, feeling sweaty after a workout, and being in (better) control of what goes in my mouth.

It seems that my weight loss has an effect on everyone around me. I get plenty of "you look awesome!" "wow! you look great!" But I also get "do you eat?" "You're having cake- it must be a cheat day!" (I DON'T HAVE CHEAT DAYS. I EAT WHAT I WANT AND EXERCISEEEEE!) "Don't get too skinny, you'll look silly because you're so tall. "

Evidently she meant the skinny, gaunt, I-eat-nothing-but-egg-whites-and-ride-the-stairmaster-for-3-hours people. (I reminded her that the condition to which she's referring is MEDICAL and called A-N-O-R-E-X-I-A)

It's important to remember that everyone has their own set of problems, and currently mine include being too heavy. So therefore, I'm trying to weigh less. I have a good amount of weight to loose, and I'm doing it step by step, slow and steady, AND I EAT ALL THE TIME. I stuff my face at least 6 times A DAY.

So this is just an announcement for the masses to quit making assumptions about people who watch what they eat and exercise.

I'm done with the soapbox, feeling frustrated, and I'm moving on to this weekend much more positive. Promise.

And for the record, I eat plenty of junk. Ask my MFP pals that have seen my diary. PSSSSSH.

1 comment:

  1. I'm the same way! I'm about 5'8"ish and I've been chunky since about the 3rd grade, but I "wear it well" and people don't see me as fat. Well, I know that over 200 isn't healthy for someone of my size, and it's all about health for me! Sure, I'm looking forward to fitting into my wedding dress w/o restrictive underwear, but I'm about HEALTH. What I've learned about myself is that I have to be mildly obsessed with something to be good at it. So if getting healthy is on my radar, I'm looking up recipes, listening to running podcasts, watching biggest loser shows, etc. Yes, I still go about my day in a normal fashion, and the weight IS coming off, just SLOWLY and more in the form of inches and minutes off my mile time than in pounds. (Which I'm okay with.)

    I guess the thing people don't realize is it's a "lifestyle". Sometimes we lose people along the way as we change. They grow distant because of their inability to support it, and we grow closer to others who share our valued lifestyle, or are at least open minded enough to support it.

    Who knows? You may help inspire someone else!

    (As for the "tall and skinny" thing - PAHLEESE! Some of us keep our curves even into the 170s!)