Faith Fitness and Laughter

Growing up overweight

on January 7, 2012

Good afternoon! 🙂  I hope you all are having a good one so far.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to start off with what I wanted to talk about today, or show you my eats.  I settled on the topic at hand.  Weight.

Yesterday, I was watching Dr. Phil, mainly because the topic at hand was about overweight women.  Immediately I was intrigued, so I paid attention.  Along with the women that were overweight, their sisters were also on the show.  They were not overweight.  The show was really about promoting this weight loss program and to see if these women would be willing to try it.  What really caught my attention however, was the relationship between the sisters.  The overweight sister resented the thin sister(s) and the thin sister(s) made fun of the overweight sister by calling her names.  I won’t give you a play by play, but there was one girl in particular that really made me think.  Mostly about my own childhood.

I can remember growing up and never wanting for anything.  Especially love.  But I was a fat child…..even as a baby.  By the time I reached grade school, I didn’t have a neck and highschool wasn’t any better.  I had things said to me like, “hey, did you know you are fat?”, or “I didn’t know fat could move that fast.”  It wasn’t pretty and the only thing this did was make me want to eat more.  Food was my comfort and my friend.  It didn’t make fun of me or judge me.  Even my dad, bless his heart, called me his “little barrel.”  The boys didn’t come calling or even give me a second glance.  Don’t get me wrong I had friends, really good friends, that accepted me for me and I am so thankful for that.

You can read more about why and how I decided to lose the weight here.

It is a conscious effort to not resort to having a lack of self-worth due to the words I heard growing up.  Trust me, they do not make someone want to address their weight problems.  It makes it worse.  It wasn’t until I figured out that my self worth came from Christ did it really click.  It’s because of Him that I exist and it’s because of Him, I can feel beautiful.  Special.  Wanted.  Loved.

So, for those of you that are struggling with your weight, whether it be a small amount or a larger number, I know how you feel.  Just remember to not take stock in mean comments, even from family members.  You are loved.  You are special.

Whew!  that was deep!  But worth getting off my chest.

On to breakfast!

This has been my usual for most of the week.  Thomas 100 Calorie English Muffin, with eggs/spinach (I promise the spinach is in there), and turkey bacon.  Plus and amazing cup of coffee.  🙂

I had to work today, so I headed in about 8:30.  I have yet to do a workout today, merely for the fact that I am super sore and tired feeling.  I usually use Sunday as a rest day, but might use it today.  Still undecided.

Had a snack around 11 today and it was another gluten-free bar with cranberries.  Yum!

I had to get a couple of things at Wal-mart, so I headed there when I left work.  Boy do I wish there was a Whole Foods, Fresh Market, or Kroger nearby.   All within 35-40 minutes, I just didn’t want to make the drive today.

I picked up this box of Gluten-free brownie mix and they are currently cooling on the stove right now.

 We will see!

Gonna take it easy today and just chill out.  And watch this…

If you have seen the movie, this is for you… You know the scene where Rachel and Darcy are dancing in the apartment to Salt N Pepa??  That is my friend Angey and I in a nut shell. 🙂

My meals have been a little off today.  Take this for example, this was my lunch:

Super yummy, but not very filling.  I am going to have a better dinner.  Pictures later!!

The Cotton Bowl was yesterday!!  Arkansas played K-State, as to which we won.  Let me say this first, I am not a football fan, nor do I follow a favorite team.  I know, I am weird.   With that said, Arkansas really had a good year and I am proud of them.

 Go Hogs!

I hope you have a great day!!


10 responses to “Growing up overweight

  1. Brenda says:

    Brandi…..I really enjoy your comments each day. Keep up the good work!

  2. Maren says:

    Good job for writing about this. High School is the worst! I wasn’t overweight, I was a pretty intense athlete, but I was never part of the in crowd and people made fun of me because I was really really quiet. No boys wanted to take me to prom and I had to ask a friend to take me from another high school. I wish I could go back and do High school all over again now. It’d be so much better I think.

  3. Stephanie says:

    What a beautiful post 🙂 I can certainly relate to everything written here, and to see it written down so well by a perfect stranger with the same struggle is always comforting. I’ll definitely be coming back and reading more of what you have to write about. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  4. Krystie says:

    Thank you for sharing, I’ve felt over weight almost all my life so I can relate to the feelings of depression and self hatred, but now that I am better I am free and loving life. Have a great day Brandi 🙂

  5. arrggg, seriously it’s so sad that i think nearly everyone (or at least a female) has some kind of weight issue. it’s the society we grow up in, and even if they aren’t ‘overweight’ they feel fat and it’s so sad seeing little 5 year old girls who want to diet and such.

    thanks for sharing about your own experience, and i feel for you! i went through a chunky phase through grammar school and it was my grandma who made me feel bad about it. it just started the cycle of hating my body and i know how hard it is to work to accept what you have.

    the good thing was in getting into running helped; not just the fact that i was physically healthier but recognizing that my body can DO something more and achieve the goals i set out.

    sorry for the epic comment, but i just wanted to say that i’m so sorry your school years were torturous and i’m sooo happy that u’re much happier and at peace with urself now. people shouldn’t make fun of or pressure people to lose/gain weight…it’s up to the individual. and in the end YOU are an amazing person. 🙂

    • Don’t be sorry! Thank you so much for sharing! That is such a passion of mine. Especially with young women. They don’t have to change who they are to just fit in and weight is a huge part of that. I tell me niece, who is beautiful, that it’s important to not make fun of people and to love everyone. She does and it’s super sweet. Have a great night Cait and thanks again!

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