A matter of opinion

Apparently, I, and others like me, are a threat.
It has been suggested that we are as big a threat as terrorism (link) and (link)

The key word here is  BIG.
And you know what, that makes me MAD.
Especially as there are more important health issues that need funding for research and support.
scalesI have suffered with weight issues for the majority of my adult life.
One doctor suggested I was morbidly obese, and that the only way I would lose weight was to be on a liquid diet of 300 calories a day.
My second word was ‘Off’ as I left the surgery never to return. Not only did I change my doctor, but I changed surgeries.

I am not going to depress you with definitions and charts in respect of the perfect weight as something that tells me that for my height and build I should weigh in at between 9 and a half and ten stone, is a farce. I haven’t been that light since I left school, when, oh yeah, they told me I was fat and had to diet.
Thus began the yo yo of dieting, weight loss, double the weight gain, depression and self loathing which stuck with me for over three decades.

healthy heartIt has taken years to get my weight under some degree of control, and I am still considered to be overweight.
I am sure there are thousands, tens of thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands of women like me.
But comparing us Chubbies to terrorists? The worst thing we’re likely to do is smash you over the head with a rolling pin or throw reduced fat rock buns at you.

If you are a couch potato, sit in front of the box all day and stuff your face with sweets, chocolate, chips, crisps and everything else bad, getting little exercise other than to and from the fridge, I would suggest you change your lifestyle.
Or at least LOOK at your lifestyle to understand why it is the way it is and realise just how much in life you are missing and how much damage you are doing to your body.

Being overweight is bad news.
But in my opinion, in order to address it, we have to change our attitude.

Just because you are overweight, doesn’t necessarily mean you eat a lot, eat all the wrong things or don’t exercise. There are other factors to consider, like mobility, age, overall health, and even your partner, especially if they are ‘feeders’, forever giving you yummies because they love you or want to control you (and like you big).

Let me share this with you:

At my heaviest, I found it difficult to breathe after the minimum of exertion (like crossing the road).
The tops of my legs were rubbed raw just from walking.
I had blisters along my bra line where I sweated so much between the skin rolls, and burns around my tummy from the elasticated waistband on my joggers for the same reason.
My feet were distant relatives I hadn’t seen in years.
I could not see the dial on the scales when I tried to weigh myself.
I could not reach behind me to scratch my back or tie my hair up.
My snoring almost broke the sound barrier (apparently).
Intimacy with my husband was a definite no go (not his fault).

I am 5 feet 7 inches tall, almost 60 years of age, and have found a good weight for me is 13 and a half stone, that’s around 189 lbs. I am comfortable with that, it’s realistic, and I feel well. That’s so much better than the 18 and a half stone I was over twelve years ago.

There’s no quick fix to permanent weight loss.
It’s taken me a long time and it’s hard work, frustrating, a bit of a yo yo, and I’m still trying to achieve my goal.
I exercise by walking the dog, try to eat a more varied diet and I don’t drink or smoke.
I no longer work, so I’m not stuck in an office behind a computer screen. However, there are exercises you can do at your desk, and if applicable, take the stairs rather than using the lift, it all helps.
The best thing that helped me was keeping a food diary, and that was BEFORE I started to change our eating habits.

food plateIf being overweight is to be considered on a par with terrorism, then it is only because we are terrorizing ourselves by not being prepared to do anything about it.
After all, who puts the food in your mouth?


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to A matter of opinion

  1. Interesting. I’ve never been called a terrorist before.

    Some medications, like Remicade infusion therapy, can cause dramatic weight gain in a certain percentage of people – up to 75 lbs.! And guess who managed to be part of that small percentage? And I was overweight to begin with. But I do feel so much better – I sleep well, am able to walk the dog again, have absolutely no breathing or heart problems, and my whole outlet is so much sunnier than before I started on the Remicade. Yes, I’m fat – but I’ll take that over the alternative, which in my case could very well be death. Eventually, some of the weight may, or may not, come off (certainly, it will drop if I get sick again), but for now, I’m just happy to be alive, mobile, and cognizant.

    • This is the sort of thing I mean. If we are happy with ourselves, feel fit and well, then so be it. These so called ‘experts’ have either never had a weight problem or are so blinkered by themselves, that they don’t look beyond the computer print in front of them. The GP I changed to had a good philosophy when I put on a lot of weight after packing in smoking. Better to be overweight than have lung cancer. Says it all really.

  2. Heartafire says:

    I clicked on your link and was stunned at the utter rubbish there. It sickens me to be the victim of false ideas and propaganda. How stupid do they think we are?

  3. Capt Jill says:

    So far I haven’t been called a terrorist for being fat (been that way all my life), but over here they’re calling everyone who disagrees with the government in general and/or obama specifically a terrorist! So, since that’s the case, I am a PROUD terrorist! And a fat one too! I just wish they would stop with the nanny state BS and let us all alone!
    I have tried EVERYTHING to lose weight over 40 years and NOTHING has ever worked! If I die from being fat, then so be it, I would rather die a few years early and ENJOY life, than live like a martyr, never able to enjoy anything I actually LIKE, just so I can live a little longer. WHY would I want to?

    • Good for you. I hated it when GPs consulted their computer list and said I had to do this, this, this and this to lose weight and conform. I tried, and it made me depressed and ill. I am an individual, and if my body shape is the way it is and I feel fit, healthy and happy, how dare they suggest making myself miserable just to give THEM brownie points! I may never reach my target but I admit to being one of many who was doing all the wrong things, and by changing my attitude to food and walking the dog more often, I managed to shed a lot of the surplus.

      • Capt Jill says:

        I agree with you totally, we are all individuals and should not be forced into anyones mold! Glad you were able to lose the weight tho. I’m still trying, but I love good food too much to stay serious about it. I can only stand the healthy stuff for so long!

      • Ah, we still have the bad things as we love our food too. Luckily we both love to cook, so making meals from scratch we know exactly what goes in so have some control over the salt, fats and sugars that are hidden in ready made products. Too much salad stuff tends to make me put ON weight so don’t feel too bad about it!

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