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Hearing negative comments, understanding the impact and moving forward anyways...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Last night, we went out and I live in Southern California. We were in the Hollywood area and had fun, then were walking back to the parking structure. On our way back, I got two comments made to me, well one was directly made to me and the other was aimed at either me or my friend. But, I think it was me since I am bigger than she is.

The first comment was made by a guy walking with another younger guy and he kinda jokingly asked me to sleep with him, although those weren't the exact words. (I'm being mindful here). This bothered me because I think he just saw me as a big girl that would be desperate or willing to be with anyone because of my weight. This I just brushed off and kept going. It's the second comment that made me feel horrible...

I have been struggling with my weight forever and I know I am not thin. I get that. I thought I looked nice, made sure that my outfit was hiding what I thought needed to be hide and it was simple, jeans, heels and a black top. We walked passed these street people, and I hear a comment, "what about that big girl right there..." and they all started to laugh. It was not pleasant moment, I know being in L.A. I am judged more harshly than in other cities, but c'mon! Street people have the right to make comments and others can join in the laughing because of my weight?! Really?!

This made me upset and what did I really want to do? Eat...and something not good for me. But, I stopped and made myself think on the drive home...why am I upset? First, because people are judging me just on how I look. Second, because I am letting these people that don't mean a thing to me affect how I feel about myself. And, third, because my response was to eat initially, perpetuating a cycle that got me here in the first place. It's udder ridiculousness! So...I decided, am I hungry, I was. I came home and had an Earth grains sandwich thin, with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and a banana. I am proud of that moment, but saddened by the fact that I had let those negative comments into my head.

This is so not easy and every day I am struggling with my weight, body image, self confidence and self worth. I think the image above is very reflective of how I think of myself, but put a size 14/16 girl where the thin girl is and the girl in the reflection is a size 26/28. This is going to be a struggle for me each and every day of my life.

I think I now know that I just need to remind myself to get through one day at a time.

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KA_JUN 5/31/2011 8:22PM

    I'm sorry that people chose to be rude and unkind. No need for that. You're worth more than that, so use it as a catalyst to achieve your goals with some mental judo.

Don't worry about them, obviously, they have some of their own issues to work out.

Fight hard to achieve your personal goals! emoticon

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AMSTER08 5/31/2011 7:31PM

    I'm so sorry that you had to experience that. I have had similar experiences with people commenting and joking about my weight. It's really rude and makes me feel even worse at times with my self-esteem. Way to go to have something to eat, but not over-do it!!! My first instinct when I'm feeling down is to eat as well. It is like stress eating. I used to look at it as comforting and something to get my mind off the real pain. I don't like to judge others because everyone has different life struggles. All you can do is be the most beautiful you that you can be! Society has warped views of real beauty though. Believe in yourself and you can do anything. Don't let others get you down, but continue to reach for your goals and find support from others.

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RYDERB 5/31/2011 7:13PM

    emoticon I'll never understand why some people need to try and make perfect strangers feel bad about themselves. I'm so sorry, you ran across such jerks! emoticon But I'm so glad that you were able to shake it off! You are an amazing, kind, beautiful person. Anyone that doesn't see you for you, is missing out! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    The saying of Ghandi's that Bill posted has been my motto since I pulled my head out of the sand back in March and realized I did not know who was staring back at me in the mirror anymore. You can only LET them hurt you hun, and don't they are not being critical of you, they are being jerks, and their stupidity is not because of what you are or look like, but because of what they are. Keep pushing forward,and you don't have to say it out loud, but the next time you get a remark like that just remind yourself, "I can lose weight, can you keep from being rude?" then just do it!


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BILL_CLECKNER 5/29/2011 7:00PM

    “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” Mahatma Gandhi

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    I could have written this with different scenarios! Your words just brought tears to my eyes as I'm saying "I know...others and their words should not do this to me." The photo... a perfect visual.

So... hugs to you today for the hurt that was inflicted and a big high five for not giving into the food as you might have without the strength you found within yourself.

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SHELLE13 5/29/2011 3:13PM

    Thank you both...Jerseyflower, you are right on about the power thing. I do it all too often, giving away my power. Which, is why this incident stuck out so much to me last night. I know you're right and I just need to take it one day at a time. Thanks for the nice words too, it is definitely crazy out here, girls saying they are fat cause they aren't a size zero, but a size 2 and then going on diets where they just don't eat.

Thanks, Crystle...Your experience sounds terrible too...when is America going to realize that things like this don't help, but hurt people? emoticon emoticon

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JERSEYFLOWER 5/29/2011 2:57PM

    It took me a long time to figure out how to respond to you, what to say. I am hurting for you, I really am.

But what it comes back to - what it ALL comes back to - do not give anyone else the power to choose your identity, or define you. That random guy does not have that power. Who the F is he to judge, seriously?

You'll always be bigger than someone else. And someone else will always be richer. Smarter. Prettier. Whatever. You can't play the comparison game.

So that means all you have is you. And your outfit sounds put together. I also checked out your April 2011 photo - and, seriously, it must be an LA thing. You would not stand out as someone to be heckled here in NJ. I am sure you looked good last night!

Brush off the insult as best you can and move on - because it's all you can do. Don't give that guy more power than he deserves.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/29/2011 2:37PM

    emoticon I am so sorry that you had that experience. It reminds me of times when I've been moo'ed at and other cruel things.

Way to stay strong, not overeat and love yourself. emoticon

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What "story" are you telling yourself?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

This weekend I attended a leadership training. It ended up being more of a personal growth workshop than anything. One thing that they said, really stuck out to me because it was related to my struggle with weight. They told us that often times we tell ourselves a "story" about ourselves. Often we hear it over and over and believe it. In fact, we recruit others to tell us what we want to hear.

Some of the stories that came out of the group was, "I'm not smart enough," "I'm the only one here that doesn't understand," "I don't know who I am," "I'm not a leader..." and so on. What I thought about myself when hearing this is that I tell myself a story too. My story goes something like this, I'm fat, I will always be overweight, I don't understand why this isn't working (knowing full well I didn't stick to program), I will never get thin so I might as well eat, I'm ugly because I'm fat, I'm not worthy of love because I'm fat, other people should be treated better than me because I'm fat, I don't deserve ____ because I'm fat....and the list goes on.

What I am now realizing is that I have received feedback from society that some of these things could be viewed as true. For instance, I am not worthy of love because I'm fat...Well, I have had many men in this world make negative comments about me because of my weight. These comments confirm this statement. However, I know I AM worthy of love, regardless of my weight. I do not love my heavier friends any less, why would I not have a chance at love too? I know that a lot of these stories I am telling myself are somehow working for me on some level, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this over and over, year after year. What I need to figure out is what need is this feeding? What do I get out of it? How can I change this?

Weight loss is so much more than food. I wish more people in this world understood this.

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TAMIK1964 5/26/2011 6:33PM

    Great blog and a great reminder to speak the truth to ourselves and own it. Thank you!

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RONDAGAIL1 5/26/2011 4:47PM

    Thank You! This is very close to my story as well. some times it helps to know someone understands. I hope you find the answers you are looking for. I wish I had the answers but alas I am on the same search myself. I have found that when I love who I am others follow. I pray you have a great day! Ronda emoticon

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Frustrated and Now Action Needs to Follow...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Yesterday, I had intended to do A LOT of work around the house. Well, I did get to the Farmer's Market for strawberries, but when I got home I started watching a movie. Then, fell asleep. Then, was a couch potato the rest of the day. I didn't do anything and I wanted to, but felt compelled to stay on the couch. What was up?

I realized this morning that I didn't want Monday to come. I really dislike my job and have a terrible manager right now that is just horrible. Not only did he ask me why I wasn't married, but he was upset I didn't hug him. He is super inappropriate and I tried to set that straight when we had an argument, or "conversation." I really don't like this guy, not to mention he is a micromanager. It's very frustrating.

What it comes down to is that I need to find a job that I look forward to, not dread every Sunday...I need to be able to work around this guy and just move on. But, I think everything is magnified right now because I am not happy and I am unhappy with my body. It's crazy how ones body image, confidence and self-worth is so intertwined with everything else in ones life.

I need to lose this weight, I need to find a job that I can be successful with and that I can be happy in. I need to start making decision in my life and not letting other things or people guide my life as I have done in the past. Something needs to change because this is not a life I can live much longer...I will just end up quitting and being without work...That's not an option for me.

Time to take life by the horns!

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JERSEYFLOWER 5/16/2011 8:59PM

    It *is* possible. I am now on the other side. I gave notice at my awful job last Monday. And it already feels like a lifetime ago. And it made me realize how much I had been letting that job infect me - why was I letting that awful place dictate to me how I feel? They are not entitled to that, they are not entitled to ME. And they are not entitled to YOU either. You will get a new job - this feeling, this job, this awful boss, is NOT a forever situation. It just feels like it right now. But it's not forever. Don't let it infect you.

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One step closer...Good Day: 1

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Today, I did well! I am at 1650 calories, which is about 100 calories less than where my target it...but it is a lot lower than the last few days. I am excited about that.

I guess I am realizing I need to take this ONE day at a time and recognize or acknowledge the days I do well. Over time, they will become more and more frequent. It will not be easy, it will bore me at times, it will get tough, I will get tired and it will be anything but easy. But, I know that know and just not the kind of know where you nod your head. I KNOW that now!

I think there are many of us that need to realize that the weight loss will take time, it won't be consistent drop over time and we will have setbacks. It's what we learn from all of this and how we teach ourselves to do differently by practicing new habits consistently.

Easy, no. Rewarding, yes.

Today is the first GOOD Day I have had...


Difficulty strikes again!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

On Monday, I was ready to start again....Tuesday, I started to slip and yesterday was terrible! Today, so far so good...But, what happened between Monday and today?!

I have been thinking about this because things are just not working out how I planned them. What I think I am noticing is that anxiety (or worrying) is a huge problem for me and my automatic response is to eat. It is the soothing thing for me. Also, I have been reading a Geneen Roth book and something she said made total sense. She said if you are distracted while eating, you can finish something without even tasting it. I do that! I noticed the TV has this effect on me. If I am eating in front of the TV or computer, I finish and it's like I didn't even have something to eat.

How is this possible? It's a really strange phenomenon to me because I was there, but it is almost like I wasn't. How can that be?! This is something totally new to me because I don't think I have ever thought about it. After doing this for a couple of days, I see (because I tracked every last bit of it) what a negative impact it has on my diet. I am also seeing what a negative impact it has on my life and my attitude. It makes me want to just give up...but I can't. I want to deal with this once and for all. So, discovering things like this is important. Now, to figure out how to recognize when I do this BEFORE I do it and to learn other coping mechanisms to anxiety and stress.

Why does losing weight have to be so hard?!


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