Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday: On Public Opinion and My Weight, Part 2

The fact is, people's comments about my weight irk me.  As a person who once weighed 208 pounds, you'd better be sure I know when my weight is up...and am dancing with the diet coke when it's down.  

Recently a couple of well -meaning family members have asked "if I really need to keep losing weight."  But you know who didn't ask? 

My doctor. On Monday, she peeped my above- normal BMI, very sweetly praised my slow weight loss and encouraged me to lose more.  "Count calories and have a treat every day," she said. 

I think it'd be easy to write my higher weight off as a black thing.  Or a big boobs thing. Or a Grad school thing.  Or an early- thirties thing. It can be confusing to simultaneously totally love my body and work  to reduce it.  Without turning this post into a Dove commercial, I think I'm pretty lovely.

I also think I have a tendency to underestimate my size, and lately, underestimate the impact of "those few extra pounds" on my health. Especially when my long term health has been in question.  I was happy big.  I'll be happy small (okay...medium).  And maybe I'll be a little healthier for the trouble.

Self-awareness is not an eating disorder, no?
Critique is not self flagellation, no?
So yeah...I'm still losing. 

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