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Really? REALLY?

Friday, August 02, 2013

I accept teasing, in all forms. My family teases, and we all laugh. It is the way we have always been. I enjoy it. (There is no ridiculing)

Yesterday, my boss (100 lbs overweight) had an appointment with a man (also 80 pounds overweight.) I greeted him as I always do, and then the small talk began. He asked if I have ever been to the restaurant/bar next door. I said just a few times and not for a couple of years. I said they had a hummus and veggie and pita plate that I would sometimes get for lunch. Then this was the exchange:

"Ew, hummus, that is gross. What is hummus?"

Me - thinking, "Really? Are you 8? You just said something was gross without knowing what it was or trying it?"
Me - SPEAKING, "It is chickpeas mashed up and..."

Him - "Gross. I don't think I could get past the texture."

Me - thinking, "Well, you could TRY it before you judge..."
Me SPEAKING, "That is fair, but I love it with veggies and such."

Then my boss comes out and they both proceed to tease me and make fun of me for eating healthy food. REALLY? Now, I didn't get angry, but when did that happen? I'm trying to be a fit and healthy person, and these are two people that are obese to dangerously obese, and I'm being made fun of for it?

REALLY?

My boss is easy to take that from, he teases me daily about eating ruffage (salads) and how my smoothies sometimes look like something you don't eat. (Too much spinach and mango combined with the strawberries sometimes comes out more brown!) And so because we have a good relationship, I tease him when (like today) he eats 3 glazed donuts!

But this relative stranger? I guess I was really surprised, and wondered if it had anything to do with some of the things I posted about a few days ago. A LOT of overweight people feel convicted of being overweight when they see people making healthy choices. I know I did when I was overweight! I mean, I will never forget one of my A HA! moments.

A ha moment: I was at the grocery store buying my before work breakfast of donuts (PLURAL!) and saw a thin woman checking out in front of me. I remember seeing her and thinking, "Ugh, I wish I was naturally thin and could eat whatever I wanted." THEN I noticed her purchase. FRUIT. Where I was purchasing over HALF of my calories for 1 meal (and it wasn't like the rest were terribly healthy or low cal) she was making sensible choices. I'd like to say I put the donuts back, but I'd be lying, I did start making changes within a few days though. But I really did feel convicted.

Had I not been tired of being overweight at that time, would I have made any changes? Probably not. Obviously that motivation has to come from within. But it made me AWARE that we can easily make healthy choices that reflect who we are on the outside as we can make unhealthy choices that do the same. For me, it was just noticing that the thin person MADE healthy choices, for all I knew, she could have once been overweight, OR she just knew that making healthy choices was the way to go!

I'm changing. I saw a picture my husband took of me about 2 weeks ago in my bathing suit. We took our toddler to the local splash pad at our park. She had a blast and at one point I was holding her and he took pictures.

Here are some things I noticed:

1 I had a gap between my thighs, and they didn't look nearly as bad in that bathing suit as I thought that they did.

2 My arms looked pretty great!

3 I'm possibly way harder on myself and my appearance than I need to be

4 There is no double chin!

A sparkfriend said that her husband tells her she looks at herself with fat goggles. I must as well. I barely believed those photos were of me!

I think all this venting just makes me want to say that we should all support each other. Whether we eat dairy or don't, vegan or not, paleo, atkins, zone, or just healthy and clean with a little of everything in moderation, just support each other. Encourage those around you to make healthy choices.

I love my sparkfriends. That you for your crazy awesome support!

  
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LILMISS40 8/7/2013 4:04PM

    Fat goggles! lol I need to take off the fat goggles sometimes too!

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BEEANDHAM 8/5/2013 11:32AM

    People who hate hummus obviously haven't tried it! And to quote Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great."

Great job doing the hard thing even in the face of ridicule. And yay for bathing suit awesomeness! emoticon

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HDHAWK 8/4/2013 10:58PM

    I love hummus too but my husband makes comments about it but I just ignore them. He doesn't eat a lot of the things I eat, but he can stay thin eating junk! I regained all the weight I lost and am starting over...again. When I lost the weight before people were encouraging until I started getting the "you're getting too thin" comments or "you can have it just this once." They don't comment on my food at all when I'm overweight, but they seem to think they can when I'm trying to eat healthy. The only thing that stops them is when I say my cardiologist wants me to lose some weight. Then they seem ok with it. Why do we have to have a medical issue instead of just wanting to lose weight so we'll feel and look better. It can be frustrating. I'm sure the fact that you're getting thinner will prove your point. Good luck!

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TIME-4-TINA 8/4/2013 10:32PM

    First of all, I love hummus! Store bought is good, but I love, love fresh homemade hummus, like in a greek restaurant.

Your good. I, however, would not have been that nice. I probably would have said, "put a donut in your pie hole and shut up!" Feel free to use that next time.

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SHERRYBETH84 8/4/2013 3:30AM

    Thank You for your crazy awesome insight!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/3/2013 2:32PM

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ROCKPORT9 8/3/2013 12:59PM

    Really? That sounds like just a rude exchange. I hope you smiled at them with your healthy teeth and saw them with your eyes bright from eating carrots. While they looked at you through sugar glazed haze. I know because I experience both. Those spinach shakes are delicious and turn green when mixed with pineapple but brown when mixed with blueberries. Hugs, Laurel

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BEE2LE 8/3/2013 12:09AM

    Oh, that's really sad for everyone involved. I've seen that at work as well & it's always a jealous response.

I do love the term fat goggles! That's the best!

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STRONGDJ 8/2/2013 10:37PM

    Well, I'm with you, I love hummus with veggies! I think you may be on to something with the "feeling convicted" idea. We each have to find our own way in our own time. Glad you found your way.

WooHoo for looking at your photos and noticing the good things!

I enjoyed your blog and your insights.
DJ



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ANGELCOWBOY1 8/2/2013 9:02PM

    Great blog!

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KAMINEKO 8/2/2013 8:16PM

    Fat goggles. Love it. What a great term. I think I have a pair, too.

I can see why that exchange today was upsetting. I admire your choice to respond with grace and kindness.

I agree with your philosophy of supporting one another. It's always shocking when support and encouragement are met with negativity or hostility. I think in those cases it's about the other person being triggered. Something is niggling at them that they don't want to look deeply at so it's much easier to react with rebuttal rather than acceptance.

Good blog!

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UFEDAK85 8/2/2013 7:43PM

    Haha, fat goggles! emoticon I think I'm slowly learning to take them off now~ I think the stranger may have teased you because he's insecure about himself. And by making fun of others, it makes him feel a little better about the choices he makes. But yes, I don't think I've heard a full grown adult say "gross" without knowing what it is first...

Btw, I love how you are seeing the good things in your photo! Sometimes, that's just as hard as looking in the mirror.

Yes, we should all support one another no matter what path we have chosen to take. We are all in this together and as long as we get to where we want to be, what does it matter how we get there? Spark friends are awesome! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 8/2/2013 5:55PM

    I love hummus! Isn't it strange how people can tease about something that when put under the truth light, would likely admit they NEED to do more of? Crazy! I think we all have an issue with those goggles from time to time but I am glad you got to see the pics of yourself and you could really notice big differences! A great NSV!

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LEWILL1982 8/2/2013 4:28PM

    Great points, well written! I try to take my healthy habits and lead by example without preaching. Sometimes it works, alot of the time it doesn't. We'll always get comments and I do think it's somewhat of a defense mechanism for alot of people. I know it's at the end and really has little bearing on your entire message but I'm transfixed over the fat goggles comment. Oh, how I am guilty of that! Need to get rid of my fat goggles!

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HORNED_GODDESS 8/2/2013 3:30PM

    It's not just healthy choices. I dunno if you are vegetarian, but even as a fat vegetarian I get that a LOT from meat-eaters. People are shocked that my toddler does not know what a chicken nugget is, but eats "chicken-fried" tofu. "Tofu? GROSS." When they have never tried it. Then again I'm like "chicken? GROSS..." ha ha.

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MINIMOE1 8/2/2013 2:40PM

    Interesting insights.

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 8/2/2013 2:38PM

    Seeing you losing weight and eating healthy probably made the two of them uncomfortable so the teasing began. I am sorry, but it all does have to come from within how people want to live their lives.
Very insightful blog!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/2/2013 2:31PM

    What a very thoughtful and insightful blog. I think people often are doing the best that they can.

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TORIAMAE 8/2/2013 2:25PM

    I wish I thought this was a rare occurrence...but on the whole, I think we (people) get really threatened by people who are different from us.

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Really? REALLY?

Friday, August 02, 2013

I accept teasing, in all forms. My family teases, and we all laugh. It is the way we have always been. I enjoy it. (There is no ridiculing)

Yesterday, my boss (100 lbs overweight) had an appointment with a man (also 80 pounds overweight.) I greeted him as I always do, and then the small talk began. He asked if I have ever been to the restaurant/bar next door. I said just a few times and not for a couple of years. I said they had a hummus and veggie and pita plate that I would sometimes get for lunch. Then this was the exchange:

"Ew, hummus, that is gross. What is hummus?"

Me - thinking, "Really? Are you 8? You just said something was gross without knowing what it was or trying it?"
Me - SPEAKING, "It is chickpeas mashed up and..."

Him - "Gross. I don't think I could get past the texture."

Me - thinking, "Well, you could TRY it before you judge..."
Me SPEAKING, "That is fair, but I love it with veggies and such."

Then my boss comes out and they both proceed to tease me and make fun of me for eating healthy food. REALLY? Now, I didn't get angry, but when did that happen? I'm trying to be a fit and healthy person, and these are two people that are obese to dangerously obese, and I'm being made fun of for it?

REALLY?

My boss is easy to take that from, he teases me daily about eating ruffage (salads) and how my smoothies sometimes look like something you don't eat. (Too much spinach and mango combined with the strawberries sometimes comes out more brown!) And so because we have a good relationship, I tease him when (like today) he eats 3 glazed donuts!

But this relative stranger? I guess I was really surprised, and wondered if it had anything to do with some of the things I posted about a few days ago. A LOT of overweight people feel convicted of being overweight when they see people making healthy choices. I know I did when I was overweight! I mean, I will never forget one of my A HA! moments.

A ha moment: I was at the grocery store buying my before work breakfast of donuts (PLURAL!) and saw a thin woman checking out in front of me. I remember seeing her and thinking, "Ugh, I wish I was naturally thin and could eat whatever I wanted." THEN I noticed her purchase. FRUIT. Where I was purchasing over HALF of my calories for 1 meal (and it wasn't like the rest were terribly healthy or low cal) she was making sensible choices. I'd like to say I put the donuts back, but I'd be lying, I did start making changes within a few days though. But I really did feel convicted.

Had I not been tired of being overweight at that time, would I have made any changes? Probably not. Obviously that motivation has to come from within. But it made me AWARE that we can easily make healthy choices that reflect who we are on the outside as we can make unhealthy choices that do the same. For me, it was just noticing that the thin person MADE healthy choices, for all I knew, she could have once been overweight, OR she just knew that making healthy choices was the way to go!

I'm changing. I saw a picture my husband took of me about 2 weeks ago in my bathing suit. We took our toddler to the local splash pad at our park. She had a blast and at one point I was holding her and he took pictures.

Here are some things I noticed:

1 I had a gap between my thighs, and they didn't look nearly as bad in that bathing suit as I thought that they did.

2 My arms looked pretty great!

3 I'm possibly way harder on myself and my appearance than I need to be

4 There is no double chin!

A sparkfriend said that her husband tells her she looks at herself with fat goggles. I must as well. I barely believed those photos were of me!

I think all this venting just makes me want to say that we should all support each other. Whether we eat dairy or don't, vegan or not, paleo, atkins, zone, or just healthy and clean with a little of everything in moderation, just support each other. Encourage those around you to make healthy choices.

I love my sparkfriends. That you for your crazy awesome support!

  
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TURTLETALK 8/2/2013 5:00PM

    Great blog. I sometimes find myself being internally judgmental about what people are buying at the store, then I remember that I was there not long ago.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 8/2/2013 4:06PM

    I remember years ago I had been dieting, eating a lot of salads for lunch. I decided to treat myself to a hot dog one day for lunch. Two different very overweight people commented on it. I got so angry I threw it away.

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CANDIK48 8/2/2013 2:59PM

    People react in all kinds of ways to all kinds of things. But yes, I agree, it can feel hurtful (even if in small ways) to have even the most basic of things like our food choices derided by strangers. The fact that your boss joined in on it, only reinforces that it's okay to do that to you. However,, it is a small thing and the only hurt they can do is what you allow them to do. Be proud of your food choices, be proud of your health efforts. I know people who never venture beyond what they've known all their lives. Whether it's geographically, nutritionally or ??? I feel sorry for their small worlds.

As for the hummus. Personally I enjoy it! Lots of flavor choices to choose from! When I get asked about it, I say it's kinda like a bean dip but not. That makes it a bit more familiar to someone who has no clue. Keep on with your healthy choices! emoticon

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Family health

Thursday, August 01, 2013

While watching Extreme Weight Loss on Tuesday (this was FAMILY viewing!) on Tuesday, my beautiful (and thin) 13 year old asked some questions about food. Little things, about what is healthy and what isn't, especially when we watched some of the "before" eating habit and she was eating chinese food. LOTS of the fried variety. My husband mentioned that if you eat too much you would get fat. The 13 year old could eat chinese for every meal. She said that she was thin. (She eats it at her mom's at least once a week) and I said, "You don't eat TOO MUCH." I mentioned that it wasn't healthy to eat all the fried food all the time, but that she usually didn't eat too much of it, and eating too much of ANYTHING can cause you to gain weight. She seemed to understand.

She then asked if we still watched Food Hospital (on the cooking channel, AWESOME show) and I said when new episodes come back, yes, and she asked if she could watch that with us, and I said YES! She said that she liked that one, and I said that I did too, and that it helped me to determine that we need to make sure that WE eat healthier and healthier. It was fabulous to teach her a little about this, because she was raised on ramen and pop tarts and terrible processed food.

I love teaching her about HEALTHY eating vs diets. She didn't understand that we were eating healthier because we ate decently before, but now she is starting to get it.

I honestly pray that the little one grows up loving that as well.

Oh, and here is some info on Food Hospital.

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/th
e-food-hospital.html

  
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LEWILL1982 8/2/2013 4:22PM

    It's so great that there's been an interest "sparked". Leading by example is the best way to teach. A quote I keep on my desk; we teach best what we most need to know.

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UFEDAK85 8/2/2013 11:49AM

    Never heard of the food hospital. Will definitely have to check that out!

It's awesome that your entire family is on the healthy path and not the diet path. With the amazing role models your kids have, there's no doubt you're little one will be on the right path as well. emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 8/2/2013 11:04AM

    I have never watched that show or heard of food hospital. Interesting. It is important to teach kids some healthy habits that they can carry with them for life!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/2/2013 8:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. I will check this show out.

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MENEFF 8/2/2013 8:01AM

    it's fantastic that you are teaching them early that eating healthy is such an important thing! plus that show sounds neat- I will have to check it out! thanks for sharing :)

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PEGTIGER 8/2/2013 7:09AM

    Never heard of food hospital. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing the info.

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MCK0582 8/1/2013 6:37PM

    Great job! Food Hospital is amazing and I wish more people would watch or understand the concept. People do not seem to understand that the body treats us exactly how we treat it. Put crap in, you'll feel like crap in return :)

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ROCKPORT9 8/1/2013 4:50PM

    With focus on body image by teen girls, it is so good to teach healthy eating versus dieting.....and eating moderate amounts of chinese food is fine. I like that girls are more in to sports, in being active. Hugs, Laurel

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AJB121299 8/1/2013 4:33PM

    nice

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Heavy. Fluffy. Big.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Heavy... Fluffy... Big... Big Boned... Chubby... ALL of these words we use to avoid telling the truth. OVERWEIGHT. That is the TRUTH. Heck, sometimes even OBESE is the truth.

I have been watching Extreme Weight Loss. It is inspiring. I'm not saying it is perfect or ideal to lose so much weight so quickly. I'm just saying that it is inspiring to watch someone who struggled with their weight and relationship with food conquer so much.

Last night's episode dealt with a woman who was young and 327 pounds. Before she weighed in, her family, even her co-workers and friends, kept telling her she didn't need to lose that much, that she wasn't THAT overweight, she was just HEAVY. When she weighed in, however, her family got a wakeup call.

Here is what little things like that make me think.

1) We are being too nice. Calling someone who is dangerously overweight (she didn't even have a place on the BMI chart in the doctor's office) just "heavy" is just not helping! Confronting someone with the truth might not necessarily be the best course of action, but telling them they aren't "that overweight" or just need to lose "a few pounds." Well, that doesn't help either.

2) We feel guilty? I think it depends on the person here. Last night, her mother was one of the biggest advocates of her just being "too heavy" instead of obese. If your child that you raised and lives with you has been overweight her whole life, you could share some responsibility in that. I'm not saying it is your "fault" I'm just saying that if you keep and eat nothing but unhealthy food in your home and don't teach the children healthy habits, you could bear some responsibility. Or at least FEEL like you do.

3) We feel convicted. When someone who is overweight (and maybe even close to our size) complains about being overweight and needing to do something about it, we realize that WE are overweight and need to do something about it. We consider our healthy (or lack thereof) choices and how we need to do something about it as well. And no one wants to be reminded of being fat!

Here is what I did. I decided that I was FAT and saying anything else was just me being too easy on myself. I'm not saying we need to yell at ourselves, just be REALISTIC. I decided what a healthy weight for my height and build was. I considered all of the extras, with the BMI and waist to hip, and averages, and where I was a healthy size and LIKED myself. I also decided that WEIGHT wasn't the only measurement that I would rely on. I would use it as a gage and decide as I went. And HEALTH was a far more important measurement.

What I have learned on this journey is that if I don't confront myself with honesty, then no one will. I have to be honest and true and focus on what I need to be healthy and happy.

This beautiful woman last night lost 150 pounds in a year. Good for her. She was courageous and made changes that inspired her family to be healthier as well.

I'm tired of lying to myself, and want to be the best version of me. Not the "heavy" one.

  
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BRADMILL2922 8/1/2013 9:55AM

    I think there is truth in everything you said here but I really do agree with #3. I think that happens a lot and as I was reading #1 & #2, I was thinking about #3 before I even got to it. Glad you shared your thoughts on this here. I think being realistic, weather it is the people around you or yourself, is a big key!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 7/31/2013 11:50PM

    I often call myself Fat - I shop for FAT clothes at FAT people's stores. It bothers everybody else tremendously when they hear me call myself that - they cringe. It's like they can't face the truth, even when it's from me. I'm not sure how that fits into your description - I guess a little of all those things are coming out in their fear of the FAT word.
Very discerning of you to pull that out of watching a show.

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STRONGDJ 7/31/2013 8:38PM

    Yes, I saw that. For me there were some real lessons about finishing what we start.

Honesty is not a bad thing, we can be honest in a kind way. And like you, I feel that the health aspect is priceless. I used to struggle just to walk a mile, now that is a warm up! I love being more active and able to enjoy the activity. I also appreciate being off the inhaler for asthma!

I enjoyed your blog. You made some great points!

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ROCKPORT9 7/31/2013 6:18PM

    It was the BMI scale that hit me between the eyes. It said I was obese. Whoa! Now, I am considered heavy..or overweight....I call me chunky, but slowly working on healthier decisions. Good blog! Hugs, Laurel

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PEGTIGER 7/31/2013 5:22PM

    I so agree with you. Back when the first redlights should have gone off, well meaning friends told me was not fat. I listened to them and went form fat to obese in the next 10-15 years. Maybe if instead they had asked about eating or exercise, I would have taken steps before it got so bad, maybe. I remember well the first time I realized I was not just overweight or chubby, but obese. It made me sick. I saw a news story once about how even doctors didn't talk with overweight patients unless the patient themselves asked for help. Losing weight should be a part of many steps to wellness from doctors.

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SARIANEC 7/31/2013 3:56PM

    I agree with you. I just went through my ds2's physical where, he is not overweight, but dehydrated to the point of possible kidney issues. I felt about 2 inches tall. While he is 14 and makes his own food decisions, he now has to report water consumption amounts to me every day when I get home.

I think the parents need to take a lot of the responsibility. But in today's society we are not allowed to say anything that may hurt their self esteem. With both my boys I try to address any weight concerns and health concerns, trying to find a balance. The 14 yr actually eats fairly well, but is a video game junky. I have actually made him take a run to earn game time and am thinking about make him walk on the t-mill while he plays is one zombie game :)

I do want to start watching the show, but I too will only watch it when on the t-mill! :)

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TORIAMAE 7/31/2013 3:53PM

    I agree completely!

One thing I've found easy is to take the shame and blame out of it. Fat, overweight, obese...they are just words to describe my reality, the way my body (or someone else's) responds to their lifestyle.

So, to me, the problem is not the outcome (weighing too much) but the action (eating way too much and not moving enough).

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BEEANDHAM 7/31/2013 3:44PM

    Ahhh so well put! #2 is a struggle for me because my boyfriend's daughter is overweight and really needs to get in shape but her mom stocks her house with soda and junk and tells her not to exercise because of her asthma. It makes me so angry that she would rather keep her bad habits because she likes them instead of worrying about what she's teaching her daughter. We're trying to undue some of that damage but it makes me really thankful that my parents taught me healthy eating habits and didn't have tons of junk in our house. I'm the one ultimately responsible for what I weigh now and I just need to go back to those good habits they taught me! It's much easier for me to do that since I didn't have a childhood built on candy and chips and sugary drinks and laying around indoors.

Great post! emoticon

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DENIJA 7/31/2013 3:31PM

    I've never seen the show, but it sounds like something I would find inspiring as well. And I couldn't agree more with you. I'm one of those people who had a "supportive family", my mum (who is also overweight) always told me that I'm beautiful and just a little bit bigger than some of the girls and I was always told something like that, so when I looked at the photos or in the mirror I seriously never saw myself as overweight (and I was on a verge of being obese), it took me a rough year at Uni to open my eyes, now when I look back at the photos of my high-school years I can see that I was the heaviest girl in the class (I never knew that, I always thought that there are at least three girls who are fatter than me), I still can't believe how I never saw it... And that's my biggest issue with parents like the ones you wrote about (thank god my mum realized at one point what is happening and we talked a lot and everything is okay between us, she's supportive and is also losing weight), what happens is that they kids actually believe they are okay, that they are healthy, and it's not okay. I know that my mum did it because she loved me and didn't want to hurt me, but it would have been so much better if she would have addressed my weight issues and helped me with them instead of brainwashing me into believing I'm okay. I wish people would talk more about this, I really do.


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MISS*J 7/31/2013 3:26PM

    I have never watched the show, but after reading this I am very interested in it. It is inspiring to see others reach their goals, and it also makes me reflect on the goals I have.

For the longest time I would downplay how much weight I had gained. I was so afraid of the word "fat" because I have seen it used to bully so many times.

But the reality is that that is the reality! Since I've owned that word, it has helped me be more honest with myself and my over all health issues.



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UFEDAK85 7/31/2013 2:34PM

    I love that show! Definitely inspiring! I'm actually doing the carb cycle program by Chris Powell. I'm only on day 3 right now, but so far so good!

I do agree with your points, especially the child one. That breaks my heart, especially cause I have 2 kids myself. It's so sad when you see an obese child because it's not 100% their fault that they are that way....

I love how honest you are and I know that this doesn't help, but I think you're BEAUTIFUL! And when you do get to your healthy weight or goal, you'll just be more beautiful! emoticon

Have you been doing T25? How's that going for you if you have?

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I NEVER thought...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Well, I have made some major progress. I actually lost 40 pounds and am getting closer and closer to my goal.

I started thinking about what I have accomplished so far, and how much progress I've made, besides just losing 40 pounds.

I can run. I can run without stopping. AND I like it again. AWESOME.

I'm getting better muscle tone again! I'm noticing muscles and definition of muscles and that was really nice to see.

What I also thought about recently.

I NEVER thought that I would be this overweight that losing 40 pounds didn't put me AT my goal weight. I never ever thought that.

Once I DID get that large... I NEVER really thought I'd make it here. I mean, I dreamed of it and wanted it and strived, but after my last failed attempts to get to THIS weight (let alone my goal weight) I just NEVER really thought I'd get here. Take THAT pessimistic attitude! I kick you out!

It is so funny how time can distract us from where we were.

I NEVER thought that I would want to enjoy my healthy, delicious salads that I have for lunch. I LOVE THEM!!! I mean, I always liked salads, but was a bad eater!!!

I NEVER thought that I would start to see my abs coming back.... but there they are!

I NEVER thought that I would look forward to working out again, but I do!!!

Now, I NEVER want to think of going back to that person. NOW, I want so much more to be the best me I can be.

I NEVER thought I'd get this far. But here I am!

  
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CECE0330 7/24/2013 3:57PM

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BEEANDHAM 7/24/2013 1:13PM

    So inspiring! Your post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: "Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." -Earl Nightingale

Being the best you has a ripple effect and as you've said before, you're family is starting to catch on, so keep up the amazing work!!! emoticon

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SUE5007 7/22/2013 12:10PM

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STEFIGURL 7/19/2013 10:03PM

    YOU ARE AWESOME, Mama!! So happy for you, Jen!

love,
stephi

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BRADMILL2922 7/19/2013 5:07PM

    Not only are you losing weight but you have made the whole lifestyle change which in the end is the most important thing because the numbers on the scale will follow! Keep up the good work!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/19/2013 3:31PM

    But you did it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EG8383 7/19/2013 3:05PM

  I think the word never needs to be be like the word can't...our of our vocabulary! We can and we will always BE as long as we keep working at our goals daily. Congrats on the -40 lbs and being closer to your goal weight! WTG! =D

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