2. Everyone will tries to tell me how unhealthy diet food it.
- “You know diet soda is filled with chemicals. You should really only drink water.”
- “The food at Subway isn’t really fresh at all and it’s nothing but preservatives.”
When trying to eat healthier it’s normal to turn to diet food. While the diet options are not perfect they are better than the full fat alternatives. Not to worry though because there is always someone around who is trying to school me on how bad my choices really are. It seems as though as soon as I started saying no to dessert the only thing I’m expected to eat is a kale salad with water dressing.
3. I now have to wear a hoodie in the office because I get cold. I used to be one of the people who was always warm and loved it when my office would crank up the AC. Now I enjoy the AC with the help of a sweatshirt.
4. Everyone thinks I’m still losing weight. I’ve been in the same 10lbs range for about 2 and a half years but I still get asked, “Have you lost more weight?” every time I go out. I’m not offended I just find it funny. Truth be told it’s all about clothes. I tend to fall right in between Large-XLarge and a 36-38. Over time I’ve had to completely rebuild my wardrobe from scratch so my size can look different depending on whether I’m on the smaller or larger end of my size range.
5. Overweight people feel the need to tell me about their amazing blood work. “My doctor says I have the blood work of a college athlete.” I guess they feel the subconscious need to defend their size around a traitor to the fat boy cause.
6. I have trouble knowing when to shut up. My feelings about my body and my journey over the last couple years are still a little unsettled. Usually when asked about it I have a simple scripted response, “I just needed to get healthy.” Unfortunately every now and then my defenses will be down and I’ll wind up blabbering on and on about the whole mess with a little too much honesty and emotion. A couple of weekends ago this happened at a bar while I was chatting with my friend Mario. Once the flood gates opened it just poured out and I became that girl. It’s like when you accidentally say too much about an ex. You’re asked “Didn’t you used to date him?” Rather than respond with a simple “Yes it was a long time ago” you instead unload the whole story of your heartbreak and downward spiral.
7. I’ve come full circle. The image on the left side is me in 2009 before my weight gain. The image on the right side is me in 2015 after my weight loss. I ended up exactly where I started.