Today a coworker said, “Are you still losing weight?” I also hear this question from family and I’m officially ending it now by sharing facts about my weight, activities, and appetite.
This graph represents the 45 pounds I removed (I don’t want them back so “lose” doesn’t feel correct) before my wedding. I didn’t have a specific weight I was aiming for and I definitely didn’t tie my lifestyle change to my upcoming wedding. The journey just fell into this time frame. I started recording my weight on 2/1/2007 at 236 pounds. 14 months later I measured 191.4 pounds, just shy of a 45 pound difference. I peaked at 198 last winter and am currently & consistently under 190 pounds.
There is no secret. I ran. I ate less food. I ate better food. I took the stairs. I drank a lot of water. I continued to eat a lot of cheeseburgers and burritos. I still do all of these things because I changed my life, not adopted a diet.
I get upset when people talk about my weight because it rarely comes without disbelief and negativity. After being near my current weight for years, people still believe I’m losing like an anorexic teenage girl. Then I’m not believed when I pretend to be flattered and explain that I am not losing weight. I suggest saying, “You look fit” the next time you want to complement a person’s weight. And don’t question their statements.
I’m not overreacting. These questions have been problems for me since I reached the bottom of this chart. It is intended to flatter but that no longer is the result. From this point forward I will not entertain any conversation about my weight until it actually changes. Expect to hear answers like “Why yes! I’ve lost another 50 pounds for less wind resistance on my bicycle.” or “Why yes! I’ve gained 50 points. The Twinkies this year are particularly delightful. May I suggest the vintage 2002 packages?”
Don’t be mad if you talked to me about my weight in the past; I appreciate those initial comments. I am very proud of the progress I made but the progress has stopped. I have arrived at a weight I’m comfortable with. 185-190 pounds is now me and has been for years.