Sunday, November 10, 2013
What type of beliefs do you have around what it means to be overweight? Where do you think these beliefs came from? How are they serving you? How do they make you feel? What would happen if you tried to let go of some of the beliefs that disempower and hurt you? What would that look like? How would it shift your ability to lose weight?
Wardell, Lauren (2013-10-17). Losing Your First 10 Pounds (Your Pathway to Vitality) (Kindle Locations 251-253). . Kindle Edition.
Okay, I already answered this prompt and when I went to post it it disappeared. Grrrr.....hate it when that happens. I know that society judges overweight people harshly. Many people think we're lazy, unattractive, unhealthy, sloppy, gross, dirty, undisciplined, etc.
I sometimes think I don't feel bad enough about being obese. I think you can be attractive fat or thin. Now I did feel like it was easier to be attractive when I was thinner but I was also younger then too. It's more difficult to find clothes that I like, that fits right and looks good on me now. I know I'm more impressed with a large person looking attractive than I am with a thin person. It does take more effort to look good when you're heavier....especially if you're close to my size.
I'm not sloppy, gross or dirty so those aren't true. It is more difficult to keep clean if you're obese but it can be done. I hate being dirty so I do what I need to do to stay clean. Gross? If someone thinks I'm gross because I'm overweight it's their problem not mine. Sloppy? Sometimes I am but most of the time outside of the house I look okay. Some of these things are effected by how you feel about yourself. If you feel really bad and worthless because you're fat or for whatever reason then often you're not motivated to take care of yourself.
Unhealthy? Since I've carried around extra weight for many years it's starting to effect my health now. Most of the jobs that I've been at my thinner co-workers were more unhealthy than me. I'm fat but I'm lucky enough to have good genes. I eat good foods - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. I used to move a lot more which helped me. Thin or fat doesn't determine whether you're healthy or not. I do think either way you have to have healthy habits. I don't have good control over my eating so that's something that hurts my health and not exercising hurts it too.
Lazy...sometimes and sometimes it's related to being this fat. It's more difficult to move around and my body hurts so I do less than I would if I felt better.
I am undisciplined in many areas of my life. This was the case when I was thin as well as now that I'm fat.
Okay, I'm quitting on this one. I feel like I reject most stereotypical judgements that society has about fat folk. Every now and then someone will make a comment or give me a look that will hurt me but for the most part I don't care much about what people think of me. I feel it's their problem not mine if they're judging me about my weight...or anything else for that matter.