Most of my friends know, I’ve struggled with my weight in recent years. I just signed up for and started Nutrisystem. I really like the food. I’ve been playing around on http://www.nutrisystem.com a bit.
One of the questions I saw in one of Nutrisystem’s surveys was “Which celebrity body would you love to have?” Before I comment on that, I guess I’ll drag you along on my abbreviated weight journey, because I can. 😉
I am not new to being overweight. Much of the last 15 years has been spent being obese. I’d like to blame my kids, but they are only part of the reason; the real reason is: my entire life, I ate what I wanted, when I wanted; mostly junk food, and it didn’t start to catch up with me until I was 25 and pregnant with my first child.
When I was a teen/young adult, people irritated me by suggesting I was anorexic or had an issue for being “skinny.” I was not “skinny.” I had no bones jutting out, I had curves in all the right places – I was slender, but not skinny.
After an emotional breakup with my boyfriend (Glenn, whom you may know I won over and married; we are experiencing our happily ever after), I survived by consuming massive quantities of Mountain Dew and candy. My exercise came in the form of sobbing into my pillow at night. I could hardly eat meals, but at work I used caffeine and sugar to keep me going, a habit I kept for decades.
I gained 60 lbs with baby #1. I had lost about 30lbs by the time I was pregnant with #2. (I bought into the whole “Breastfeeding helps you get your figure back,” and I’m here to tell you, that unless “getting your figure back” means having gigantic rubbery globs that hang to your navel, it’s a lie. Before breastfeeding, I was a 34 B. I don’t think I’ll EVER see anything smaller than a D cup again.)
So when I got pregnant with #2, I was already 30 lbs overweight, but I carried it well (still do, most people can’t believe I am 100 lbs overweight.) The doctor told me not to gain anymore weight if I could help it. Ha! “Fat chance!” When my son was born, I weighed 198 lbs, and only lost *his* weight – about 8 lbs plus the yucky stuff…I went home from the hospital weighing 188 lbs and was quite distraught over my weight. My hubby missed my B.C. Body (Before Children). I did too, and I cried.
However, that sorrow soon was eclipsed by my insatiable desire to satisfy every stress with sweets. By the time #3 came along, I was still quite fat. I breastfed her too, thinking I might win the “Get your figure back if you breastfeed” game this time. By the time our youngest daughter was 3 or 4 years old, I tipped the scales at 208 lbs. What sent me to the scale was a trip to Sears, and I could not fit into size 16 jeans. For the first time, I had to go into the “18/20W” size. Seriously, what is up with the “W” tacked on after the sizes past 18? It’s as if the tag is saying: “Lady, you are fat, and in case you haven’t figured that out, and the number isn’t enough of an indictment, we will emphasize it with the W for Whale!”
Horrified, I realized I needed help.
When I got married at 24, I barely weighed 125. To say I was grossed out by myself, is an understatement. BUT there was hope. My friend was on Weight Watchers and was losing a ton of weight, so I joined too. We determined that 124 was not my ideal weight anymore, but somewhere between 140-150 would be healthy for me. I was almost to that goal – I had lost almost 40 of my 60 lbs. I was feeling and looking GOOD.
Then I went back to work, and some dude kept bringing Krispy Kreme donuts in, to entice the real estate agents to use his mortgage company. The agents were smarter than me. “Here, Karen, take these home to your kids.” KIDS? Are you kidding? I ended up scarfing half a box down myself before I even got home. And so began my downward spiral that I never got under control. That was 2006. Here I am in 2011, 235 lbs.
I tried a few times to do WW. I really believe in the program, it is awesome, and definitely works for many. But for me, a real estate agent constantly on the go, I find it too time consuming to calculate points, to shop and plan for foods that fit into the program, to prepare…that’s why I didn’t keep up with it. Too many days on the run, too many fast trips into McDonald’s Drive Thru or Turkey Hill (like a 7-11) for pizza. Too much stuff to think about.
I started Nutrisystem because of the same friend who was on WW and lost lots of weight – she saw some weight creeping back up a little and tried Nutrisystem and told me how awesomely easy it is.
She is right. I can SO stick with this as long as my budget holds out. I am setting my new goal at 135 because I really am more comfortable with that, and I’m hoping that at 135, I’ll be able to button blouses again, without gigantic melons threatening to burst through. Even before when I was almost to goal with only had 20 lbs left to lose, my “girls” could still rival Dolly, and honestly, I’m tired of it. Other big chested ladies will agree, while I hear all you ladies with “little girls” wondering what the problem is. 🙂
In conclusion to this ramble, and back to my ORIGINAL point: One of the questions I saw in one of Nutrisystem’s surveys was “Which celebrity body would you love to have?”
Quite frankly, I found that question offensive. Being obsessed with someone else’s body – particularly one that has probably been liposuctioned, nipped, tucked, starved, stretched, abused, and Photoshopped beyond recognition, is a main reason many young women have eating disorders and poor body images.
Currently, I have something similar to Kirstie Alley’s body – and I feel bad for her. Not because she is obese, but because she is a symbol of failure and ridicule for many. I see her as a courageous woman and I admire her in many ways.
But I really don’t want her body, or for that matter, anyone else’s. I just want my own back.