A Matter of Fat

I’ve had it commented to me a few times of late about how much weight I’ve lost.

To be honest, I don’t really notice it all that much, because I’m still much chubbier than I used to be (but not as chubby as I used to be before that).

When someone says “OMG, you’re shrinking!” and “You’ve lost so much, you look fantastic!” all I can think is “Man, how fat was I before!?”

Then I accept the compliment, because I’m not really up on the social etiquette of appropriate responses to this kind of comment. I get that it’s important for the person who made it for it to be accepted and not have it fobbed off or disputed.

Also, I HAVE lost some size, but, really, it’s a bit ‘whatevs’ for me. I haven’t ever really been overly concerned about my body and how it looks. I don’t “Love” my body, but I don’t hate it either.

5 Replies to “A Matter of Fat”

  1. I LOVE that you’ve posted this right now!
    This week’s Insight on SBS featured “discussion” about body size and health, but the only 3 minutes I managed to watch was pretty much “thin” people abusing “fat” people. Not pretty. and I wanted to smack so much.

    About 6 weeks ago I made the long-overdue decision to do something about my health and fitness before it’s too late for me to spend time running around with my kids. So I’ve been ruthless with my food intake (very little bread, more unprocessed grain, way more vegetables, fruit but not so much, smaller portions, as little refined sugar as I can manage, and bucketloads less fat), I’ve started group training with a lovely woman who has been where I am and understands, and has faith in my ability to change myself, and I’m fitting in walking and even running as much as I can. Today I’ve taken it a step further and my trainer is working out an extended weight-training program I can do at home with the weights and bench that have been sitting in the garage for 10 years. AND.I.FEEL.AMAZING!
    Having approached this as a whole-body/lifestyle thing instead of “I have to lose weight” has been the most successful strategy I’ve ever chosen – I’m seeing results in ways I never imagined (and OMG getting sore muscles that I didn’t know existed!), and that’s keeping me motivated. The weight loss is almost a side-effect for me now 😀
    Part of my inspiration has been your nutrition guides for school lunches, which I thought was funny. Here I was sending my kids off with everything they needed to keep them healthy and active, and I was being crap at doing the same for myself!

    Thank you, you crazy, wonderful lady xox

  2. I went to see my GP to discuss a rash and see if I could get a prescription cream as the over the counter stuff wasn’t working and the GP was more interested in talking about weight loss than actually helping with the problem I was there to see her about. Grrr.

    As for the compliments about losing weight, I’ve got a friend who has gotten a lot of those recently. She eats about 200 calories a day and purges and has been in and out of hospital for her eating disorder. The compliments about her weight add to the the pressure she puts on herself over her appearance. 🙁

  3. I’ve always been “overweight” – firstly, cos I was, then when I was training for Aerobics comps and dropped to a size 8 (hips) and my boobs to a C cup (The smallest I think they’ll ever be) I was my “heaviest”.

    That is partly due to my body having mesomorph-type propensities.

    If find it funny that the whole “you’ve lost weight” thing seems to be the thing most stated and, at the same time, the worst thing to say; like with your experience, Marita.

    I knew a woman hit with cancer and being told “You look fantastic!” cos she’d lost weight. She looked sad, and then she looked really unwell. But still, because she was slimmer, it seemed no one could see past that.

    Christie, you have made me smile. That’s so beautiful to hear 🙂 xo

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