I have discovered an interesting thing happening to me.
Now that it is summer and I am wearing shorts and I am also purchasing clothes that fit my new size more people are noticing that I have lost weight. Even though I have been doing it gradually for a year and have stopped loosing weight for the last couple of months.
That’s not the interesting part.
The interesting part is that a few people have acted like I must me sick or have an eating disorder. They approach me with concern in their tone and expression and ask if I am okay.
I can understand maybe asking once but when it is brought up multiple times it starts to irk me. Or when they talk to my kids or husband about my weight lose after they have said something to me, that really ticks me off.
The ironic part is the fact that we would never dream of saying anything to someone who has put on weight. We would never say, “Hey, I noticed you putting on weight, are you getting enough exercise? Are you overeating?” That would be considered rude.
So, why this? Why is okay to say something to someone who has lost weight but still healthy? I am within a normal weight for someone my size but we never call out over eating, or gaining weight, or the person who is sucking down pop all day long? But if I don’t put a bun on my burger something must be wrong with me?
I know I wouldn’t say anything either, but shouldn’t that be a concern for us? Someone is much more likely to have health issues if they are overweight. I have learned so much over the last year about health and long-term effects it can have on our body. But I won’t push my opinions and beliefs on anyone. If they want to know what I am doing I will share but otherwise it is their choice.
I don’t stand in judgement, it’s more sorrow. I am sad for what I see people doing to their bodies. My family isn’t perfect. I still buy junk for my husband and kids but I am trying to educate them a bit more. It’s very hard to reason with a twelve-year-old boy who loves all things sugar. I see some horrible habits with him that I am trying to break.
Anyway, I just thought I would share this interesting observation. Maybe we all need to be concerned for each other and support each other and encourage each other. Let’s celebrate with those are making healthy gains, no matter how big or small, a step forward is still a step forward.
If you are struggling to make healthy choices take it one day at a time, don’t think long-term (yet), think of today. What is one thing you can do for your body today? Then do the same thing tomorrow. Before you know it you will want to make the healthy choice because it’s normal and it feels good.