Sunday, April 28, 2013
Tales from the Scale: Woman Weigh in on Thunder Thighs, Cheese Fries, and Feeling Good...at Any Size by Erin J. Shea
One of the first passages, by Julie Ridl, talks about how the weight doesn't just appear suddenly. But as it does, you begin to feel people treating you differently. As if because you can't control your weight, you must not be able to control the department at work you're in charge of or trying to get a promotion to be in charge of. And then, to get out of it, you have to completely change things. This is something I did back when I was losing weight. I began cooking, a lot. And really, since I am single and live alone, cooking is not something I'm big on doing. And as I quit cooking for myself, the weight has come back. So going back now and looking at that really helps.
An early entry by Heather Lockwood talks about how she didn't learn much about nutrition or portion size when she was a kid. And I feel the same. My mom served us healthy meals. But I don't remember anything being said about portion size, and actually, other than basic vegetables like green beans and peas, we never had the really weird (to me anyway) vegetables that I still won't eat to this day, like broccoli, and cauliflower, asparagus, etc. And back then it didn't matter. I didn't worry about food, because since most of it was controlled by my parents at home, I didn't seem to gain weight, I was in no way "skinny" but I wasn't in any way overweight really either. I'm short though, so the not exercising, and not watching portions once I got on my own, soon caught up.
In one part by Lori Ford, she talks about how she'll start off really good, but then if something gets stressful, all the hard work for the day/week can be just lost to having a junk food snack just to make it till the next planned meal time. Part of the problem is what she, or I, bring to work for eating. What sucks is when I get there, and I don't want to eat what I brought. It doesn't sound good. So then, I'm ruined for the day, which often leads my brain to be done for the week, to say I'll start over and do it right next week. When I was begin successful I was able to start over the next day, or even as soon as I caught myself. And that's where I need to get back to.
I won't go on too much more about my struggle, I will just say that this book is good for feeling like you aren't alone, there are others out there struggling like you are. It may not be the "success" story some of the other memoirs I've read have been, not to say the authors haven't been successful, but it is often just about how they feel during the process, and it is good to share those feelings I think.
Not the best weight loss book I'd read, but still has some very good parts. I have a ton of bookmarked pages at the beginning. I intend to go back and read through those before I decided what to do with this book, garage sale, pass it on through a giveaway, etc.