I am obese.
It is one of the most painful things I must admit about myself. I don’t feel obese.
The image I have of myself does not correlate with the reality of my size. I am a fantastic person, with spunk and a great smile and I look as good today as I did 20 years ago… in my mind. I am only reminded that I am obese when I look in the mirror.
I feel disappointed that my physical appearance is not as it is in my head. I am working on getting the physical to match the image I have of myself, but it is a work in progress.
I have food issues.
I have health issues.
I have control issues.
I have years of ignoring what was good for me and just doing what satisfied me.
I have years of growing up in a restrictive home, where LOTS of food was off limits, and all food was controlled and distributed base on someone else’s opinion of what I should eat.
I have years of finally being free to make my own choices about food and choosing EVERY item that was EVER off limits to me as often as possible… because I could.
I have years of addiction issues, and replacing one addiction with another.
I have issues. I have many issues.
I am obese because I have issues.
I am obese because I have made bad choices.
I am obese because I am lazy.
I am obese because I am.
I own my obesity. I own the health issues that have come with my obesity.
I don’t blame my obesity on the hamburger I choose to eat one to many times. I don’t blame my obesity on the dozen donuts that were calling my name so I ate them all.
I don’t blame my obesity on health issues that thousands live with and are not obese with.
I don’t blame my obesity on my mother who actually showed me the right way to eat… just in the wrong way.
I don’t blame my obesity on my failed relationships, my abusive ex-husband or my daddy issues.
I don’t blame my obesity on the fact that I really like food.
I blame my obesity on myself… because I am the one who has made the choices. I am the one who indulged, binged and ignored. There is nothing else, or anyone else to blame.
Don’t mistake my self-blame for shame though. I am not ashamed of the fact that I am obese. I don’t like that I am obese, but there is no shame in it. I know how I got here… beating myself up for it, putting myself down for it… that all only adds fuel to the fire of issues that lead me here in the first place.
There is no point in feeling shame for things I cannot go back and change.
Don’t mistake my acceptance of my situation as an acceptance of my weight. Just because I don’t allow shame to rule and control me, does not mean that I am going to let my obesity own me either.
I have been actively working on improving my overall life style for the last year. It is a process, one I am deliberately taking slow, making sure that each change, each step I take to lose weight, is also a step that will improve my overall health and will be something I can maintain for the rest of my life. Owning my weight, accepting what got me here and that I cannot change the past has been part of this process.
I know that people look at me and wonder why I allow myself to be overweight. I know that people look at me and wonder how it is that I can smile and be a joyful person, looking the way that I do.
What people don’t understand is that my size does not define me. My size does not dictate my joy. My size does not have a say in how I live and how I feel. My size does present obstacles, but again, I refuse to let my obesity own me.
I don’t want to be overweight. I have spent a lot of time making sure that I am dealing with the issues that got me here so that as I lose the weight, as I find the skinny girl that has been here all along I don’t make the poor choices I did to end up obese. I did not gain all this weight overnight and I certainly will not lose it all overnight. Addressing what got me here; working on all those issues is just as important as eating right, eating well and finding my groove again.
I am obese.
It is not easy to say.
It is not easy to accept.
It is not who I am.
I am obese, for now, at this moment. I will not always be obese.
The day is coming where the image I have myself will also be the image everyone else sees and I will be whole!