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Ten years and a few stones ago...

Monday, January 26, 2009

I had been fat for as long as I could remember. It was part of my identity, really. Not something I was proud of, but also not something I seriously thought I could do anything about.

I hated the way I looked and the way I felt. I was in a constant battle to find clothes that made me feel anything other than shame. But like many fat people, I was a master of self-delusion. As much shame as I felt about my own physical condition, when you live in North America you can just look around and almost always find someone who is (or whom you believe to be) a lot fatter than you are. Hey, objectively speaking, I thought, I'm not that bad.

But one morning I was standing in front of the mirror and it struck me. I wasn't just fat... I was unhealthy. 25 years old, smoking almost a pack a day, fat and probably still growing. Oy.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHERI1969 1/27/2009 10:49PM

    And you took action and you have found SparkPeople! This is the best healthy lifestyle site I have seen and I've been part of over 100. I'm glad you came to reality. I think most of us that are here finally saw the reality. I wish you nothing but the best. You have the right attitude so I cannot see you doing anything but succeeding! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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