I’ve hit a point in my weight loss where I’m not what you would call fat, but I’m not skinny either. I’m pretty average wearing a size 12/14. I aspire to be an 8/10 and I’m sprinting towards the light. I recently wrote a post about my inner fat girl and five things I should cease doing. Now I will flip that coin and give you my inner skinny girl’s bad habits.
1. Judge people’s grocery carts - This is how it unfolds: I’m walking along in your local Shop-N-Save and I see a mother with her two children. I notice that 75% of her cart are frozen T.V. dinners, 10% are soft drinks or juice, 10% meats of some sort, and the final 5% are fruits and veggies. I want to scream at her. What are you feeding your children and why?! You realize they are not ADHD but jacked up on sugar right?! This is why I have diabetes woman, don’t allow this to happen to your kids! Instead, I grab my cart and walk by hella fast to avoid confrontation. What I should do going forward is stay in my lane with my items, eyes towards self checkout.
2. Assume obesity is a choice – For me, overeating, inactivity and not caring is what caused me to balloon into Mrs. Klump. I just looked in the mirror one day and I was almost 300 lbs. Because this was my journey, I assume everyone who’s big is big for similar reasons. Though that’s probably true for 80% of the population, there are some who are big for health or genetic reasons. Withhold judgement until you know the facts.
3. Preach the skinny gospel – Now that I’ve changed my lifestyle, I want to spread the word about how awesome it is to be average and buy clothes on the junior’s side of the store. I feel like an evangelist sometimes: Don’t let that food keep you from salvation! Join me and we will shake, shake, shake that fatness off! Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels! I can see the eyerolls now. Nobody likes a preacher and like my mother told me, just because you saw the light, you can’t convert people who aren’t ready to hear that message.
4. Make weight loss sound easy – Sometimes, I forget how hard it is. I’m reminded when I hit my own plateau and/or I’m struggling with a new workout or I just can’t seem to get my food right. When people ask me what they should be doing to lose weight, I seem to start my answer with a “Well, all you have to do…” or “Just stop doing xyz…” It’s. Not. That. Easy. You think I know that by now but it’s easy to forget when you can see the mountaintop.
5. Post excessive progress pics – Ok, ok. I’m sure you’re tired of seeing how awesome I look now compared to the hot mess I was before. Ok, I’ll chill on posting pics of my new outfits. I’m just so excited and proud of myself and I want to share. But there’s a difference between sharing and bragging. I realize that I skirt that line at times so I’ve made a conscience effort not to be so damn braggadocios.