Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fat-Bottom Girls

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:

Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--

Of cabbages--and kings--

And why the sea is boiling hot--

And whether pigs have wings."

"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,

"Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!"

I'm never going to be a skinny girl. My hips will always be too big for skinny jeans. I'm always going to have an hourglass shape. I'm anything but petite.

But the time has come to do something about my weight problem. I've always been heavy. I've been overweight for 99% of my life. I did really well for awhile about losing weight and getting in shape.

I can blame any number of things: the strange hours I keep based on my work schedule, the fact that I can't seem to stay on a work out schedule by myself, genetics, all sorts of things. But the truth is, it all comes down to me. I make excuses for myself. I am my own enabler.

I know my husband loves me, but sometimes I wonder how attracted to me he his. I've put on about 30 lbs since we got married. Not knowing if I really wanted to hear it, but knowing that I needed to, I recently asked Curious George if he would be more attracted to me if I were thinner. His answer hurt a little bit, but it's become a big motivator for me. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Babe, would you be more attracted to me if I weighed less?
Him: What?
Me: You heard me, what do you think?
Him: Well, you know I love you.
Me: Yes, that wasn't the question. Would you be more attracted to me if I were thinner?
Him: Well, yeah, I guess so. Did we return that movie to Redbox?

Anyway, point of the matter is this. I don't look good. I don't feel good. I'm not comfortable in my own skin. I try and cook healthy and balanced meals. I try and get out of the house. But what it comes down to is this: I need to try harder. I need to do better. I need to BE better.

There are a lot of health problems in my gene pool that are exacerbated by being overweight. I'm only 25 but some of them are very real concerns. I could end up with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and any other number of risks. Being obese (there, I said the word: obese) can even make it harder to get pregnant. That's right: there's a link between obesity and infertility.

So, what am I going to do about it? I joined weight watchers. I've set up "walking dates" with a friend in my ward. I don't want to be the fat, funny one anymore. It's time for me to put my health first.

"The time has come," this walrus said,
"To try some different things:
walks --and fruits --and exercise--
and no more chicken wings--
and as this journey goes along
we'll see what the future brings."



The Nielson Family said...

It's so hard to find starting place. That's where I always fall short. Go you for finding one!!

BuiltbyIron said...

Good for you! I have a friend who did weight watchers and lost 40 pounds and she loved it. I have thought about doing it myself since I need to loose about 20 lbs. I did weight watchers when I was 20 yrs old because I was about 20 lbs over weight (again) but didn't have kids for an excuse and it worked really well.
Loosing weight is SO hard! I really hate it and I hate that it is necessary! But the fact of the matter is when you are thinner, you are healthier (within reason). I have a great book by Jillian Michaels that I am reading called master your metabolism, I really think you should check it out.

Good luck!

Oh and this is megan mann, I'm too lazy to sign my husband out of blogger and write this comment all over again!

Ash said...

Find a Zumba class!! You will LOVE it! I promise! It's fun AND it makes your butt less jigglely!

P.S. I'm not sure if jigglely is a word...

Lena said...

This is such a good idea. Can I be a walking date too? I love walks. Good luck! And share any really good, healthy recipes you find.

melissa mae said...

Good for you Selkie! Taking care of yourself brings so much self worth, not only because you'll be in better shape, but because exercise releases endorphins, fights diseases and health problems, and just makes you feel better overall.(which i am sure you know!) I am a huge fan of being healthy. I am excited for you.

Meg said...

My sister and sister in laws have done weight watchers and had really great success with it. Good luck, it's about being healthy! Not just about being a "fat bottom girl" (not my words...). I'm going to try and lose these 25 lbs I've accrued this year... if I can't do it on my own weight watchers it is! Good luck!

minisuperbias said...

Herb trick of the day: dandelion leaves are good for water weight loss, if that's an issue. ps - I love The Onion Girl! Have we ever talked Charles de Lint???

Kristina P. said...

Good for you! I've been doing WW and I really like it.

I know I could have lost more weight if I also exercised.

Good luck!

Lynn said...

Go girl!

I'm nearly twice your age, and I struggle with weight issues--and some non-genetic problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

I use Leslie Sansone's walking DVD's. You and your friend could try something like that on bad weather days. They're awesome.

Rachelle said...

hi. i found you on the mmb -. i loved this post and just wanted to wish you well and say hi! and can i say ditto to everything. i'm trying to be more healthy and lose weight. wishing i had a magic wand...haha. if you notice on my blog, all my pics cut me out of them...haha. oh well, "someday" said this walrus.


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