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Was I ever not overweight?

Monday, October 04, 2010

This picture just about sums it up. I grew up in a time where my mother either made some type of pasta or it was takeout. My mother had her own issues with weight (she eventually would get 2 gastric by-pass surgeries).

I know that I was "normal" weight when I was born and through elementary school but then something happened and I just entered the awkward age.... my mom thought I should resemble Shirley temple or something as I was dragged to perm after perm of tight curls, I had huge glasses and some body issues that in no way was helped by discovering boys!

I was always an active person and joined group sports but I think with the poor eating habits I was a little overweight most of high school then college really brought on the big gains- I stopped running, no crew, no anything- I worked a lot and studied a lot.

I could control my weight while just working but with the addition of grad school I began to gain again...which brings me to my current weight.

I might not have been a heavier child but I definitely have learned some poor eating habits and poor consistency with exercise that I need to be aware of and try and combat against.

Hope everyone had a great Monday!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GIANTMICROBE 10/5/2010 6:13PM

    My mom was always slender and ate whatever she wanted. Nutrition was not stressed when I was a kid. Since my mom could eat whatever she liked, I got to eat whatever I liked. Physiologically I am more like my dad's side of the family though, and I gained quickly. My mom didn't get it... she never gained a pound but I was 270 pounds and a size 26 by the time I was 16. I am very thankful I was able to get it together at such a young age and take control of my health, but the pain of being overweight, even for a few years as a kid, will always be a clear memory.

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BECOMINGDEB 10/5/2010 1:46PM

    So you have a lifetime's worth of bad habits you're trying to battle with. You have to retrain your brain. It's understandable that it can be tough at times, but you can do it!

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HAWKEYERANT 10/5/2010 9:45AM

    Interesting post - it's so important we know how we got into our eating habits - and what we need to overcome to conquer them.

My parents suscribed to the whole 'finish your plate' attitude. We luckily ate at home most nights, and were only allowed soda once a week. But that whole finish your plate deal sticks with me to this day. I feel guilty if I don't eat everything. I feel bad that I have to get a to-go box at a restaurant. It's something I'm working on!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/5/2010 12:21AM

    we ate out a lot as a child so I grew up on over sized restaurant portions, definitely a contributing factor.

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FUNFROG79 10/4/2010 9:45PM

    My parents always encouraged second helpings and in turn we are overweight and my dad is battling diabetes, high BP and my mom has high BP. The good news? We are all working hard to getting our weight down and becoming better and healthier people. I didn't become overweight until I met my husband :) We are so happy and in love that we celebrate everything with food. Yikes! Here's to becoming healthier and teaching healthier habits to future generations! emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 10/4/2010 9:19PM

    I totally understand. I was overweight in elementary and middle school and most of high school. It was once I was out of school that I worked to lose weight...joined the popular at the time ladies only spa's, ate well, danced 6-7 nights a week. I got to 140 which was a great weight for me. Then I had 4 children and got up to 208. It's taken over a year to get that down to the 170's and I still have 30 pounds to go. I know when the kids were little and money was tight we too ate a lot of pasta, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, etc....the really cheap stuff that did nothing good for us. Thankfully I changed those eating habits and the kids have learned to eat healthy now too. That's great you did a lot of sports and exercising, I'm sure it helped!

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KARVY09 10/4/2010 9:10PM

    I was always overweight, as a toddler. As a child. As a teen. I still have doubts that I'll ever get to a place where I'm not a little chubby. But I'm just going to keep going at it and feeling stronger!

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AMOHAME2 10/4/2010 9:06PM

    I started to gain at the "awkward age" too. I was way below average as a baby. I was a really skinny child, and the doctor even told my parents to send me to school with an extra snack of peanut butter or some other fatty food. I distinctly remember the first time I noticed I was "chubby" in 6th grade, and was always the pudgy girl after that.

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BURGHGIRL 10/4/2010 8:27PM

    I hear ya! It was pasta, tons of carbs and not enough fruits/veggies. Bless my mom, she tried, but knowing what i know now I wish I could rewind time. And what we know now was not what was taught or known back then. The important thing is that I KNOW now how to eat healthier and am trying to break those bad habits (a big bowl of cereal before bedtime...really?). And I am trying to share my knowledge with my kids so they can have healthy habits growing up!

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    I'm right there with ya!!!

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