Skip to main content

What It's Like To Be Fat - Part II

Since my first post of What It's Like To Be Fat - Part I, I thought I would tell you what it's like for me since being in my new body.  It's funny while I have shed the pounds I still have the same vision in my head of my old body.   

I went shopping recently and picked up a pair of pants to have a closer look and they were a size 6.  I looked at them and said to myself "those are way too small" and looked at some larger sizes.  It was if I was looking at the size 6 pants through the eyes of my 215+ lb body (I am a size 6 so they did fit). 

I was at a concert the other night (Foster the People) and someone asked me to 'move over' as there was a space in front of me and I could move to get a better view (it was a mostly standing only small venue type concert - great concert btw).  I at first declined because I didn't think I would 'fit' in that spot and was afraid my 'width' would get in the way and I would bump into others standing to the left and right of me.  And to my surprise I of course 'fit' and all was well. 



My physical abilities have changed drastically since my journey started (however when I exercise I still workout like I have a hundred pounds left to lose). 

When it comes to flexibility, balance and strength I can do yoga poses like crow.

I can run a half marathon. 
I have greater endurance than ever before to keep up with my kids (I run once a week with my son during his recess time - the school has a mileage club for the students).
None of my joints ache (just getting out of bed in the morning used to be a challenge as my body would ache).
I can tie my shoes without getting out of breath.
When it comes to eating most of the time I eat like someone at my current weight should eat and then there are moments in my head I'm 200+ lbs and I inhale lots of food (insert refined carbs and chocolate here). I'm having one of those urges right now but I'm fighting off the temptation at the moment.

Is it hard work to both lose and keep the weight off?  You bet!   It's funny how my old way of thinking seems to rise to the surface.  I guess it may take a while as I've been living most of my life as an overweight/obese person and old habits and thought patterns are sometimes hard to break.  But it's much more exhausting to live a life in a 215lb body.  Now there are no limits to what I can accomplish.

One step at a time no matter what!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The #MeToo Campaign

Fingers crossed that this trend continues. For the past 10 days, I've been feeling energetic for the first time since? It's been so long I can't remember. I'm feeling cautiously optimistic. It feels like I don't have depression anymore. What an amazing feeling that I hope never ends. Its kind of ironic as this time of year gets difficult with the shorter days. I've been using my Verilux lamp in the morning as I have for the last few years so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with why I'm feeling good? I'm feeling better now than I did a year ago. 

Depression doesn't affect me in ways someone might think when it comes to energy. I'm high functioning in that I'm not catatonic. It's just that my energy is limited (occasionally it feels like gravity is turned up or I'm trying to walk through waist-deep snow thankfully not often). A friend once explained to me what it's like to have Lyme disease (unfortunately she has chronic…

Weight Watchers vs. Jillian Michael's

It's been a little over 3 years (January 2010) since I started my weight loss journey. I reached my goal weight in May of 2011 (135 lbs). Since then it's been a yoyo and my trend had been going up over the last several months. My current weight is 150 lbs (I was 155 but lost 5lbs over the last few weeks). My goal is to lose the weight I put back on (20 lbs) plus an additional 5 lbs for a weight loss of 25 lbs in total. It's so hard keeping the weight off!!

The strategy I'm now doing this time is different. I've decided to follow Jillian Michael's weight loss program instead of continuing on with Weight Watchers. I lost the 80lbs on Weight Watchers and the program served me well. It forced me to look at portion size, calories (with old points system), fiber, carbs, fat and protein (with the new points plus system).  It changed the way I looked at food. Instead of processed foods I focused on eating a variety of whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and low …

Trying the 'New' Weight Watchers Program

I've been on the new WW program starting January 11th, 2018 (to date 3/21/2018 I've lost 7 lbs).  Why? Because what do I have to lose besides pounds of course!? My sanity perhaps on what seems like a life long journey. Woops! Too late!

My ultimate goal in life when it comes to health and weight loss is to be able to eat without counting calories or points. That can be very difficult for me. Since starting this blog I have earned a degree in Exercise Science and I now have certifications: ACSM CPT, ACE GFI and I've completed coursework to be a licensed coach in my state. With all my education and personal experience (80 lb weight loss) I would have thought things would be easier by now but they're not. Science has proven that when it comes to weight loss it's calories in vs. calories out. Unfortunately calorie counting doesn't account for all the psychological, sociological and biological reasons why we eat what we eat. I need to try a new approach so I'm g…