So, I’ve been chatting with a new blogger friend recently about my adventure in weight-loss. I mentioned one of my favorite (and possibly most interesting to hear the feedback on) was Myths and Truths of Fatness. I revisited the entry and thought about the myths and truths of losing 125 pounds (my last recorded weight-loss total).
Myths about losing a large amount of weight:
* Clothes magically fit better once you lose weight.
I wish so much that this was true. But it’s not. I’m in between sizes on pants right now. If I buy 24’s they’re small, if I buy 26’s they’re too big. It’s hella annoying. I used to think my struggles were strictly weight – but I truly feel like clothing vendors have NO standardization for sizing, and therein lies the problem. See “Open Letter to Lane Bryant” then insert store name where I said LB! Haha.
* The more you lose the easier it gets!
I can’t believe how many people said this to me. It’s totally not true. The more I would lose in one week/month, the harder the following weigh-in would be. I constantly have to challenge myself, and keep myself in check to continue making progress.
* You can go back to the way you used to eat once more of the weight is off.
I can’t even stress how silly and non-sensical this one is! Think about it – if I go back to the way I used to be….I’ll get what I used to get. In 2009 my lunch was a bagel sandwich (bacon, egg and cheese) with chips and a smoothie. I wasn’t losing an ounce and I was miserable. Today’s lunch was a tomato/spinach/mozzarella/hard-boiled egg salad w/ balsamic and a glass of water. I don’t miss my old self, but sometimes I miss the reckless abandon of eating whatever I wanted (as crazy as that sounds).
* You have loose skin everywhere when you lose that much weight
I’ve had 2 people ask me this already, so I figured I might as well be honest. I do not currently have loose skin anywhere…but I suspect at the end of this whole journey I might. That said, I’m hoping to avoid it. I am losing slowly and have had a few plateaus. Despite wanting to lose quicker I know that slow and steady wins the race. I also know that on “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss” they have skin surgery at 9 months, but you have to factor in how much weight they lose in that time. The last episode I watched the guy’s 3 month goal was 150. That’s FIFTY pounds a month! It took me 6 months to lose 50 pounds! So, fast weight loss = skin’s natural elasticity does not have time to adjust; hence creating loose skin.
Truths of losing a large amount of weight:
* Sometimes it seems insignificant.
This sounds crazy – but hear me out. I’ve lost a PERSON…and I’m still morbidly obese. When I meet new people I wish I had a sign that said “Fat girl in progress!” because I swear they think “Wow….you’re this big now and already lost 100+ pounds?! ”
* Then other times you are AMAZED by the reflection in the mirror.
Early last week I caught my reflection in the french door that leads to the den and I stopped dead. Woah! I almost have collar bones and look how defined my shoulders and neck are! Wow.
* You read old journal entires or see old photos and wonder “What the F was I thinking???”
Because the truth is, there is nothing different about my weight-loss this time around….except the effort I’m putting forth! I used to think I could lose 20 pounds then rest on my laurels and the next 20 would fall off. Not quite! 😉
* What you say to yourself really does dictate your success
I can’t believe how mean I used to be to myself (while getting upset that society was mean to me!). I am what I say I am, and I’m glad I figured that out now so I can work on it.
Do you guys every look back on what you’ve accomplished and realized the myths/truths associated with that accomplishment? Does it make you laugh too? Share them!