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I am angry, 11/19/2015 ($#@^#!!)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I am angry. I am on a bus in public and I try not to be a d!ck in closed quarters, so I am quiet about it. But I. Am. So. Angry. I am angry with the well-meaning condescending canned "information" that I am being fed. 1) anyone overweight is obviously unhealthy and should "educate themselves" --Scientific research is unraveling our stigma against overweight people every day. Why we gain/retain weight is still a subject of hot debate. Whether that weight is patently harmful IS ALSO unclear. Losing weight is not strictly "great" and should not be automatically celebrated on sight. Weight, we are finding, enters less and less into the conversation of Health. So start asking me if I take my sick days and vacation. Ask me if I am sleeping well. Ask me, if something tragic happens in my life do I have someone to talk to, grieve with, and help make me dinner when all I want to do is cry? Ask me if I find myself crying for no reason, if I can't shake the common cold in under a week, if I have ever yelled at a waiter or a cashier (no matter how deserving). I am overweight. People open their eyes and hush me when I say this out loud, as if I have said something self-deprecating like "I am undeserving of love". But no, I just point out that someone my height age and weight should be 30lbs lighter according to popular, mainstream health guidelines. That is the recommended weight. I am over it. I'm over weight. I also bike a ton, go to the gym, came in second on the mile run Turkey Trot at work today (11 minutes yay!) And I have an obsessive knowledge of nutritional foods. Weight is not indicative of health. Health is not restricted to weight. Stop conflating the two. Yes, I am " trying to lose weight" but I am really just trying to do a push up, a pull up, and yoga that isn't impeded by my belly. Eventually I want to bike to another state, then bike for 3 days straight, then across Iowa. My weight may change because of this. Rant over.
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  • MIRAGE727
    Don't waste your time on the negative. I was obese for over 40 years! Deep inside, I realized I was not happy. Finally, I saw life in my Granddaughter. I decided on choosing my own journey, lifestyle, and self education to fit me, no one else. I knew I would focus on the positive. I became a runner at 60 and a Triathlete at 63! I embraced the journey and being happy with me. I don't listen to anyone...except my Tri Team teammates, coaches, and fellow racers! That's how I roll now!
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  • no profile photo RUTHLANTON
    I also hate the term "overweight" and prefer "fat." Fat is just a description, while overweight says you're over some standard.
    971 days ago
  • ATHLETE66
    Being fit is what counts. Good for you! I love that you have goals!
    971 days ago
  • no profile photo RUTHLANTON
    I remember when a friend of mine lostba lit of weight, and I also know she was undergoing cancer treatment at the time. She was still "overweight" so weight loss should be a good thing, right? But not when she lost it by being too sick to eat!
    971 days ago
  • TPETRIE
    Way to go!
    971 days ago
  • CHUBBYBUMPER
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  • FDWOODS
    Love this!
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  • KOMTRIA
    Agree
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  • WILDFLOWERMA
    Truth! Let's focus on health and stop obsessing over size. Way to go with all of your fitness successes!
    971 days ago
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