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I'm Overweight!

Cardamom77

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I'm not obese anymore! I'm overweight! At least according to one BMI calculator on the internet. But I'll take it! 

I'm feeling pretty good these days. Exercising more, though I really have to find stuff that's fun or I just won't do it. Riding my bike is good. So is roller skating. But so far the getting up in the morning to run or do body weight stuff just ain't happening. I HATE IT SO MUCH. I figure that instead of fighting that, I'm just going to find fun stuff that I'll actually do. Maybe one day I'll find running fun. That day will probably not be in Arkansas in July. LOL! At least there's a breeze when I ride my bike! 

Speaking of riding my bike, I did not walk up any hills today! I rode them all! That's a big deal. I've noticed my balance is way better. I used to not be able to take my hands off the bars at all or I would wobble and that's not the case anymore. My knees don't drift to the sides to make room for my belly anymore, so my cadence is better. Curves are easier to take. It's just all around better. 

And I look like this now (pardon the crappy lighting - I had my mirror in my closet this morning). Yes, I have pastel pink hair. :) Also, that's a dead MacBook Air. Something my husband rescued form a trash pile. We don't just leave our computers lying around. Haha! 

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@Cardamom77

Super congratulations for that BMI of just under 30! Doesn't it "taste delicious"?? Funny how we use gustatory expressions like that. You look great! and maybe you'll find friends at the gym or something in the future. When I used to run, before my joints went bad, I used to get a high after ~ 2 miles of running. Maybe you'll be blessed by your cycling and roller skating and find some kind of endorphin high with it. And points to your DH for his support. 

(One is reminded of the saying, ascribed to the Duchess of Windsor, that one cannot be too rich or too thin. However shallow it might be, and vain she was, and an amazing social climber, ... I think she was right, at least for the majority of us who are not Higher Beings or Saints. "Nothing tastes so good as being thin feels." She nabbed a King and lived happily ever after, being thin. And in my view, shallow and a whole bunch of other things far less complementary, but am sure in her own view.... she got what she wanted).

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7 minutes ago, BurgundyBoy said:

 

(One is reminded of the saying, ascribed to the Duchess of Windsor, that one cannot be too rich or too thin. However shallow it might be, and vain she was, and an amazing social climber, ... I think she was right, at least for the majority of us who are not Higher Beings or Saints. "Nothing tastes so good as being thin feels." She nabbed a King and lived happily ever after, being thin. And in my view, shallow and a whole bunch of other things far less complementary, but am sure in her own view.... she got what she wanted).

Well, unfortunately one *can* be too thin. My youngest sister has that issue. Also I'd argue that the eggplant and burrata sandwich I bought from a Florence street vendor tasted as good, or better, as being thin feels. Haha! But there are some things in my life that are improving as I lose weight. It doesn't affect everything that way. There are friendships that have become complicated, for example, as I lose weight. It would be easy to shrug them off as "not true friends" but it is far more complex than that in a society that is hyperfocused on women's body size. I won't go into all of my feelings about being thinner just now. I think that may be another blog post. But it's complicated, for sure. 

Totally easier to ride a bike though. :)

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@Cardamom77 

You are so right. My older sister, under the pressures of Life, recently revealed she had had an eating disorder for more than 45 years. We thought she was "too thin" but for other reasons. It was totally shocking but in retrospect the members of the family believed her (inaccurate) explanations for her being too thin when we should have questioned them. Sigh. Lessons learned...  Interesting she starved herself, and I ate too much. What does this say?

Yes, totally easier to ride a bike. What a great pleasure a bike can be. 

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Eating too much and eating too little are two sides of the same coin. Both disordered ways of handling stress, turmoil, abuse, trauma, etc. I see my surgery as an opportunity to overcome some of my disordered eating habits. I hope I'm right. Well, I hope I take the reins and keep them. At the very least, though, surgery can help those habits be less destructive in the long run. 

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1 minute ago, Cardamom77 said:

@BurgundyBoy 

Eating too much and eating too little are two sides of the same coin. Both disordered ways of handling stress, turmoil, abuse, trauma, etc. I see my surgery as an opportunity to overcome some of my disordered eating habits. I hope I'm right. Well, I hope I take the reins and keep them. At the very least, though, surgery can help those habits be less destructive in the long run. 

Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Could say more, but more words are often not better. 

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@Cardamom77, first of all, who ever gets excited at being OVERWEIGHT?!?  We do, those of us who have been morbidly obese!!!  Isn’t it awesome?  It just sounds so much better!

secondly, love the hair (and I can’t remember if I told you but I love the new profile pic! Are you in a convertible?  So sassy and fun loving looking! And that just describes you to a tee!!!). 

And whoa!!!  You have your shirt tucked in...awesome!  I have yet to get comfortable doing that (last time I tucked something in was back in 1984 when I lost weight after my first baby was born!) Anyway, you are looking awesome! I love these shrinking NNs!!!  So fun to do this together!!!

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12 minutes ago, CheeringCJ said:

@Cardamom77, first of all, who ever gets excited at being OVERWEIGHT?!?  We do, those of us who have been morbidly obese!!!  Isn’t it awesome?  It just sounds so much better!

secondly, love the hair (and I can’t remember if I told you but I love the new profile pic! Are you in a convertible?  So sassy and fun loving looking! And that just describes you to a tee!!!). 

And whoa!!!  You have your shirt tucked in...awesome!  I have yet to get comfortable doing that (last time I tucked something in was back in 1984 when I lost weight after my first baby was born!) Anyway, you are looking awesome! I love these shrinking NNs!!!  So fun to do this together!!!

Oh my, my son has pink hair now. Very fetching if I might say. Trying to suggest to my son that Deep Purple has merit but well it's up to him.

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8 hours ago, BurgundyBoy said:

Oh my, my son has pink hair now. Very fetching if I might say. Trying to suggest to my son that Deep Purple has merit but well it's up to him.

Hahaha!  I swallowed hard when my daughter got a nose ring and then a septum piercing but as you say, it’s up to her!  She was 18 at the time and I can think of a lot worse things she could do that coloring her hair (it’s practically black this week) or get another piercing!

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Ah, well my son has purple hair, a septum ring and a tongue ring. Aaaaaaaand he just moved in with his boyfriend (he's 19). Hahahaha! He's also a brilliant artist and an incredible human. Just thought I'd toss that in there, too. :)

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Wow, Cardamom, you're shrinking away! You look great. 

As for exercising, finding something you love, like, or at least don't hate is pretty key. Some of us use exercise as a way to punish ourselves for... well, anything and everything, really, but especially eating, so doing something that makes you happy with movement is best. Exercise is good for you, but not if you don't do it or if it makes you unhappy. July in Arkansas is probably not a good time to test out whether running makes you happy, either!! Exercise got a LOT more enjoyable as the pounds came off, for me. All the things that used to feel horrible now feel fine, even running. So you never know...

 

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