Monday, March 25, 2013
I've been reading a number of "maintenance" articles lately... they seem to be "in season" so to speak right now... and since I found out about the allergies of course my weight has started coming down, and one thing I've found in common with the articles and comments that have been made to me is that, apparently, people believe that fat people have no life.
The articles talk about things you can do now that you couldn't do before, and people keep saying to me, Just think, when you're skinny you'll be able to ".....". Like I did nothing for the past 46 years of my life (I was always fat).
When I was 315 lbs I went camping. For a week. Every year. Sometimes more than once.
When I was 315 lbs I played bumper car basketball (I forget the right name).
When I was 265 lbs I went horse back riding.
When I was 265 lbs I rode my bike 8+ miles every day. Through Chicago.
When I was 315 and 265 lbs I walked a mile or more to the grocery store and then went shopping and walked a mile or more home.
I also went to movies, live theatre, out to dinner, hung out with friends, went to the lake, ran around with kids, went to museums, went shopping.
I didn't not have a life because I weighed over 300 lbs.
I didn't not have a life when I weighed 265.
I don't suddenly have a life now I'm starting to lose weight.
I CERTAINLY am not waiting to have a life when "I'm skinny".
And I don't understand why people have this mindset. I can't tell you have many blogs or personal information on sparkpages I have seen that says "I used to be able to... but now that I'm 160 or 180 or 203 lbs I can't." Really? Cause I was doing that when I was 315 lbs. Or they say "I can't wait to get back to 120 so that I can..." well, why can't you do it now? Do you really think that some magic number of weight is going to be the ticket to having a life? If you don't have a life now, you won't have one when you are thin.
Maybe that's why so many people are disappointed when they reach their goal weight, because life didn't suddenly become the "when I...then I can" that they were expecting. You can NOW.