I lost a significant amount of weight a few years ago. For the most part, I’ve kept it off. While I was, and still am, losing weight, I noticed that I began to have a major aversion to certain words, phrases, and questions.
1) Journey: People always ask me how my weight loss journey is going. People! If I’m going on a journey, I promise, I will tell you all about it, and it will be a whole lot more fun than celery and exercise, and it will involve sun, chocolate, and tropical drinks.
2) Lifestyle Change: Yes, I realize that I had to stop thinking I was going on a diet, and I had to start changing some of my habits. But to me, this was not, I repeat NOT, a total lifestyle change. I’ve had no sex change operations and I’m still married to the same guy…not that I object to those sorts of things… you know, marrying outside of my sex.
3) Can you eat that?: Yes. Can you?
4) How did you do it?: This question seems to always get asked completely out of context. For example, I’ll be in a lady’s room washing my hands when someone will come up and ask me this question. Although, they were the ones that did ask me, I thought it might be TMI if I answered by telling them we first turned out the lights and then removed our clothes.
5) Didn’t you ever cheat?: Of course not, but isn’t that between me and my husband?
6) Body Image: People seem to think that I first had to accept my body as it was in order to move towards weight loss. I did. I accepted that I was fat, unhealthy, and had to shop in a fat lady store for clothes. When I looked in a mirror, the image I saw was fat.
7) You Are What You Eat: I could go on for hours on this one. If I am what I eat, then you’ll see me eating a skinny person for my next meal. If I am what I eat, I’ll take mine tall, 36x26x36 and wrinkle free with a side of perfect teeth and naturally long eye lashes, thank you.
8) Miracle Weight Loss: Okey dokey. So you must be the wealthiest person on the planet if you have a true weight loss miracle cure for obesity. We fat people know how to spread things, so if there really was a miracle cure for obesity, we’d be the first to be spreading the word!
9) Diet: Let me correct you now and forever more. The word diet is supposed to mean some type of food plan-usually referencing a restrictive food plan of some sort. In actuality, the word DIET is an acronym for did I eat that? The answer: yes, yes I did.