Yesterday I got hit with the whole “Are you losing weight because you look like you’re weight” comment. My response was to look down, mutter “yes,” and walk back to my desk.
This morning, I was going through my e-mails before I got ready for work and saw something one of the vloggers I follow had posted about a woman who had flagged her down and wanted to talk to her about the Overeaters Anonymous group at the flagger’s church. I shook my head; maybe the woman had had great success there, but to flag someone you don’t know down and interrupt them getting their groove on is a little much. Unsolicited advice is a no-go. Just don’t, please.
Over on Facebook, I’m in a couple gastric bypass groups. Someone in one of them posted about their daughter who was going through the same struggles the person had before coming to terms with having weightloss surgery. As a parent, she doesn’t want her child going through the same situation she did. However, her daughter is over the age of 18; there’s not much a parent can do about their offspring’s choices after that.
Something about all of these things brought me to write this particular post this morning. Here it goes.
PLEASE STOP GIVING ADVICE OR COMMENTING SO MUCH!
Sure, I’ve lost weight. Yes, I work around people and people are going to notice changes. No, I don’t constantly want to talk about my weightloss journey and I definitely don’t want to talk about how you’re having surgery because I look like I’m having amazing success with it. If I’m out here walking or exercising, I’m in my groove; please don’t comment about it. Or how about asking yourself before saying anything, “Would I say what I’m about to say if this person was a [insert descriptors… for this, it’s ‘smaller person.’ For others, it may be ‘male,’ ‘female,’ etc.]?” How about that?
In my monthly goal posts, yes, I put up how much I lost the month before and how much I want to lose over the next month. That’s pretty much it. I’m not constantly posting pictures for Transformation Tuesday, Weightloss Wednesday, etc., because I am over talking about my weightloss journey. It’s been seven months! The only thing I really want to talk about is how to mentally be the smaller person. Can you talk to me how to mentally not respond to things the way I would have when I was bigger?
For people with kids, harping on their weight is just going to make them more self-conscious and insecure in themselves. If you’re really worried about it, start cooking differently for the whole family. Go for walks as a family; do activities as a family! Make it look like you are trying something different as a family. Don’t make weight the focus. Why is weight even a focus at that point?
WHY ARE WE SO PREOCCUPIED WITH WEIGHT AND NOT SUPPORT?
Support is different for each person. Why can’t we say something nice to people regardless of size, race, gender, cultural aspects, etc.? For my co-worker, just say something nice about my outfit or my hair. For people we see out on the streets, if you have a moment to say something nice, do so but don’t interrupt them while they are in their groove. For the parent, encourage your kids to do things with you like game night; communicate with them. Actually have a conversation with each other where you are supportive and not destructive towards them or yourselves.
Food for thought today.
Listening to: My Amazon Playlist
Quote of the Day: “Each of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm. When we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.” ― Maya Angelou