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#499: When Did We Become Fat?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Some dates and days are stamped indelibly in our minds -- when we got married, the birth of children, the dates our relatives passed on emoticon, perhaps when U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated or when the Berlin wall came down emoticon.

But more important than those and other monumental events in our lives is one date that dogs us to this day and may have for our entire lives. So let me ask:

When did we get fat? When did we become overweight and then obese emoticon

It is little wonder we can not recall a specific date because weight creeps up on us without warning until one day as a child we endure slurs from other kids who call us fatty or worse. Then comes the day we can't buckle our slacks or zip up a dress followed by what may be the ultimate insult -- seeing a picture of ourselves. Yes, mirrors emoticon show us who we are but they do not put it as succinctly as a picture that we are fat.

We can't date when we first overate, again and again for a week or a month or a year. Nor can we count the number of pizzas emoticon, Big Macs emoticon, Whoppers, extra pieces of cake or ice cream emoticon we consumed as we aged.

But then, one day, however it happens, we realize we are fat. emoticon

Like an alcoholic or drug abuser, it takes such an eye-opening revelation to slap us in the face and awaken us to our plight, to make us fully aware that we carry around too much weight.

We develop diabetes, have heart attacks, become winded walking up a flight of stairs, if we're able to even do so. We have trouble bending over to put on socks and shoes. Getting in and out of a bathtub becomes near impossible. We feel ashamed when our children or grand-kids ask us to get down on the floor and play with them because we're too embarrassed we would need help getting back up emoticon.

THAT is when it hits us, that all of our previous overindulging has brought us to fatsville. Like it or not.

But, as with the alcoholic and the drug user, there is hope once we acknowledge we need help. It may be a site such as SP or maybe SP in conjunction with Weight Watchers or other weight loss program, maybe lap-band surgery or gastric bypass surgery.

As we become knowledgeable about nutrition and exercise and track what we eat to show us just how much we consume daily, we can learn to control our behavior. With the support and encouragement of SP members and by reading the inspiring stories of those who have lost 20, 50, 100 or more pounds, we can begin the journey to normalville, saying goodbye to fatsville forever emoticon.

It will not be an easy journey and will have detours and plateaus, but with steadfast belief in ourselves and a dedicated focus on our nutrition and exercise, the day we reach our weight loss goal will, I promise, be a day that will live in our minds forever. emoticon
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  • LIGHTHEART09
    Lou what an amazing writier...
    I can relate about getting on the floor and having a hard time getting up...and the socks and shoes...OYE!
    Thank God for this site and people like you and Missy and so many others that hold our hands when we give up and are just surviving...they are not there to judge us but love us.
    Thanks for your friendship, comments, and most of all you being Lou!
    ((((( hugs to you my friend )))))
    Nan
    3504 days ago
  • PENNYAN45
    Thanks for another inspirational blog, Lou.

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  • PUDLECRAZY
    Great blog, Lou!
    3505 days ago
  • NANHBH
    Oh, yeah! I even took a photo to commemorate it. But, I've gained back some of it lately. Time to recommit to the plan. I can do it - with the help of people like you, Lou!
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  • no profile photo CD5178852
    How true... we didn't get here in one day, so it is difficult to remember WHEN did it happen.
    So many of us want a quick fix and we don't really like to change so the weight loss results are slow and frustrating.

    Thanks for the overview today. You are so accurate!
    3506 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
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  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Since I've been thin all my life, despite a huge appetite, I DO remember when the pounds began to pack on. About five years ago, the hormonal changes began, and so it began. Great blog and reminders. Thank you!
    3508 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5002230
    Were you talking about Burger King Whoppers or Malted Milk Balls, because you totally lost me after that?

    Seriously, I'm cutting down on sugar and my taste buds are not taking it very well. :)

    The good news is today I got in the car to go buy some candy. (I never keep it at home. It always requires a special run.) Anyway, I actually went in the store walked around looking at and carassing all my favorites and THEN got in the car [by myself] and came back home. Yay!!

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    Nice blog and Congrats on the weight loss.

    Love, Joy
    3509 days ago

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  • TEMPEST272002
    It really isn't easy. Is change ever easy?? But it certainly is worth it! I may still have a ways to go to goal, but the health benefits have been unbelievable. The support I get from you and my other sparkfriends has made all the difference.
    3511 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    Gosh, I think for alot of us gals it is when we get pregnant. Always got fat when I was pregnant. I was high risk so ordered to lay down as much as possible. Go on a diet, get pregnant again. Go on another diet.... it is the beginning of the yo yo years! I so admire these gals who get pregnant and keep their weight down. Doesn't it seem like 50 brings 20 extra pounds along with it also?
    3511 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Another great blog Lou.
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    Your words continue to inspire and encourage me. With people like you on my side, normalville will be a reality not just a dream.
    3511 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Need some inspiration?!! Lou is your man!! You nailed it with this one! Fantastic blog, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3511 days ago
  • MALEXANDER4
    Thank you. Such simple words but today meant with such strength behind them. I need this this morning.
    3512 days ago
  • CINDYYB
    Wow! I never thought of it that way but so right. I will definitely remember the day that I reach the target goal for weight.

    In the meantime, I will try to focus and enjoy the journey, celebrating even the smallest victories and learning from the mistakes and slip-ups. At the end of it all, I want to have cared and shared and lived life to fullest, regardless of a number on a scale.

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  • YATMAMA
    Very insightful, blog, Lou. Thank you.
    3512 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I suppose no journey, worth taking, is ever easy. I am
    really struggling right now. Making not so good choices
    about foods. Basically staying in calorie range but sloppy
    choices. that has to change and I have the power (with
    God's help) to do it. SO will I?

    Good blog
    3513 days ago
  • WALKINGSPARK
    Good blog Lou!! Weight does sneak up on us.


    Wendy
    3513 days ago
  • PAIGESMAMA
    Very good writing.
    Thank you.
    3513 days ago
  • SISTERDEAR
    As always, Lou, a great blog!
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    3513 days ago
  • HOWLERMOM
    So right -- it's a gradual insidious process but it sure isn't quick - either way, up or down. Down is definitely much slower -- at least I think so. emoticon
    3513 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    So true, Lou. As my Mom always says, "It didn't come on over night, and it won't come off over night." But...wouldn't it be something? LOL

    Hard work, dedication, support and encouragement from each other, faith in God, we WILL reach our goals!

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    3513 days ago
  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Love your blogs, Lou!!! They are so true. I'm not sure when it happened but the mirror and pictures told me that it did. Praise the Lord for each day that I have to live my healthy lifestyle.
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    3513 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    Great blog. Weight is a sneaky thing for sure.
    3513 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10386126
    So well said!! emoticon
    You're so right weight just creeps up that's why we need to give it a chance to leave our bodies too!!

    I loved your blog!! emoticon

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    3513 days ago
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