06 September 2014

Confession of a Fatso: 10 Things I'm Thankful For Being Fat

Hello September. I just renew my vow to lose weight. September is a new month to conquer, a new start, a month for new goals. I want to see what happens if I don't give up on losing weight.

Her Weight Loss Diary: 10 Things I'm Thankful For Being Fat

In the beginning of this year, weight loss journey was a little bit fun. But my enthusiasm about the new beginning, all those New Year's Resolution to start training, join a gym, lose weight, and start eating clean quickly fade away into the dust as February and March roll around. Yes I know you can relate. There are times when I feel like giving up. Why going through all the hardship to lose weight if I feel comfortable in my own skin? I am not. Honestly... I'm not being truly honest.

I hate that my smaller clothes don't fit right. 

I hate that being fat limits my fashion choice. 

I hate it when my tummy jiggles. 

I hate it when people mistaken me for being pregnant when I am not. 

You know it sucks to be a fat girl. A lot. 

Being fat sucks but when you choose to look life from a brighter side, life feels better! When you're thankful for what you have, for who you are, you feel more motivated and inspired! You'll find the reasons to be optimistic about your weight loss journey. And optimistic people lives a happier and more successful life.

I'm listing down 10 Things I'm Thankful for Being Fat.

1. I'm thankful that being fat has taught me about making good choices
This weight loss journey has taught me that my life is a result of the choices I made. I am the one who choose burger instead of a salad. I am the one who choose to sit all day watching TV instead of getting off the couch and spend at least 30 minutes per day working out. And I learn that if I want a different result, I should start making different choices. Better choices.
2. I'm thankful that being fat has taught me about moderation
Moderation or controlling your food intake is easier said than done. I'm thankful that being fat has taught me the quality of being moderate. Of course I mess up my diet every now and then. But now I am more alert about any possible consequences of my choices and therefore I try to stick to healthier choices.

3. I'm thankful that being fat has shown me that I'm not define by the number on a scale
The number on the scale cannot measure my beauty, my talent, my purpose of life, or my love. The scale may give me the reflection of my relationship with gravity in number but the number does not define who I truly am. I am happy, I am capable of amazing and wonderful things, I am loved.

4. I am thankful that being fat has taught me to be more compassionate towards others
I know how it feels like to being teased, taunted, and humiliated because of your weight. I am thankful that getting fat taught me to be nice, to be more compassionate to other's challenges, to understand to other's weight loss struggle. And one day when I finally succeed with weight loss, I can motivate other people, I know the right word to say because, "I've been in your shoes before."

5. I am thankful that being fat has taught me to embrace life and my body
It sucks to be a fat woman. Indeed. But embracing life does not mean you accept yourself being fat, overweight, and obese and stop do anything about it. Embracing life doesn't mean you surrendering your weight forever. I am thankful this weight loss journey come to me to teach me. This weight loss journey taught me to embrace life and the lessons it provide to educate me about nutrition, foods that are healthy and unhealthy, how to incorporate fitness in my every day life. I reduced my tendency to seek someone to blame. I stop playing the victim role and start working like a victor. I am learning a new way of coping, and I let myself recreate my life story.

I weighed 47 kg when I met my husband, which consider ideal to my petite frame. But I felt fat. I still tried to lose weight. My weight had begun to creep up to 55 kg after married. And I felt so bad. Looking back now, how I wish I can go back to my old weight. Even if I reach 55 kg, I'd feel happy. I'd never consider myself fat anymore. I am petite but big boned, so I would never be as skinny as Cara Delevingne even if I weigh 40 (kg). I have a Kim Kardashian's pear shaped body type. I am thankful that being fat gives me a chance to learn about my body type and how to choose clothes that flatter my body type.    

6. I am thankful that being fat has taught me more about self-awareness
Being fat makes me more self-aware about what, when, and how to eat. Being fat ramp up my self-discipline so I have more control over my pattern of eating. I am challenging myself as best as I can to eat differently, to eat better, and eat less.

7. I am thankful I am alive and healthy
I am fat but healthy. I am not a size zero but I know I am capable of losing weight. I am stronger than my insecurities. I know there are people who are smaller than me who live with chronic pain and sickness, and I do not. I’m thankful that my body is strong enough to do what I need it to do.

8. I am thankful I am loved
I don't want to lose weight to impress my husband. Because the first person I want to impress is myself. But I know losing weight will affect our relationship, in a good way. When I met my husband I was not as heavy as I am today. But I am thankful my husband love me despite of my size. I am thankful that my husband gives my weight loss effort so much support. I am thankful I am loved by my husband, family, and friends. I am loved and that motivate me more to take care of myself for the sake of the people who love me and whom I love dearly.

9. I am thankful that being fat is not the end of the world
There's always a way to lose weight and get healthy. I am not doomed to remain obese forever.

10. I am thankful that being fat made me appreciate the value of being healthy 
Being fat help me to see and feel what it was like to not be active, to feel uncomfortable in my own skin, to not like looking at myself in the mirror, to go outside and feel like everyone is looking at me and judging me. Skinny doesn't always mean healthy. You can have fat arteries and be skinny. People who are overly thin have a high metabolism. They can eat whatever they want and not worry about weight gain. They tend to eat junk foods and unhealthy foods which may left them with a risk of high cholesterol, heart attack, or stroke. I am thankful that through this weight loss journey I can appreciate being healthy and having that great lifestyle.


Now your turn. Share with me in the comments: 
What things you are thankful for on any day?

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