My name is Mary Stadter and I'm a long time sci-fi fan (Dad tossed me my first Heinlein when I was about 8 and he got tired of me asking whatcha reading? whatcha reading? whatcha reading? and I was hooked). Archon 10, was my very first convention and I've been to every one since (and we just had Archon 35!)
My dear friend Jenni Schmidt, who was Jenni Gahr at the time, brought me to my first convention and she is the co-founder of this group. Jenni & I have noticed that many of us in Fandom seem to struggle with our weight and our health. She has successfully lost and kept off more than 60 pounds, and in her mid-forties even joined the Army! She's incredible, and a big inspiration for me.
I've always struggled with my weight and it's an up and down battle. I'm about 40 pounds down from my hightest weight right now, but I'd still like to lose about 90 pounds.
I'm not sure why sci-fi fans seem to have a higher than normal incidence of weight problems. One very wise young man at our Fandom Fitness panel yesterday suggested that we all have sort of an 'outsider' mentality, that the same something that drew us to sci-fi in the first place sort of puts us in that category and that at conventions we feel comfortable just being ourselves, no matter how we physically appear, because here we are truly among our own kind. There is something to that - I never feel more comfortable or accepted than when I'm at a con.
That said, I want my fan family, and myself, to live long happy lives so I can see them for a long, long time to come. We need to find a way to love ourselves enough to make taking care of ourselves more of a priority. Maybe we can work on that together here and even meet up in person to do some fun stuff at upcoming Archons.
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