Long time lurker, first time poster on this forum. I have to admit that I have not seen every episode of MFFL but I like to hang out here to read the comments. I'm learning a lot from posters about nutrition, exercise, their struggles and how they deal with weight issues etc. I don't condone body shaming no matter what that person looks like. Fat shaming is definitely an issue in our society, as is shaming anybody that does not meet the standard in looks that today's society puts on human beings especially on us women. When I have a problems with a person it is not their looks, it is their personality and the way they treat other people.
I myself struggle with losing weight now that I'm older (60). My take on very obese people is not the aesthetic one but the health aspect. I always wonder how they can carry that much weight around without serious health problems. I personally was never skinny, more like average size until I was in my early 40s. That's when my weight started creeping up until I was around 200lb in my 50s. I was never an athletic and sports enthusiast but I started a walking routine that helped keep my weight somewhat steady. Two years ago I injured my foot and started having problems with my ligaments. I had to stop my walking and didn't watch much how I ate and gained 40 pounds in 1 year and started having problems with my knees and lower back. When I had my check up again, my doctor read me the riot act because my lab report sucked. My weight was 240 lb (i'm 5'8), my cholesterol was 200+, my sugar was up, my A1C was almost at 6. She told me if I don't do anything I will be diabetic and that scared the crappola out of me and finally off the couch. She also told me that my foot is not an excuse and I need to go into the pool. So I hauled myself to our wellness center and signed up for pool classes and bought a scale. I have to admit that initially I felt uncomfortable because I hadn't worn a bathing suit in 10 years and was very self-conscious, but I was pleasantly surprised by the women/men that attended the classes. The gym has a very diverse clientele of any age, size, background etc. I started going to aqua bike, aqua fit classes almost every day. Recently I added weights and barre to my routine to switch things up. I lost 35 lb by just being active and if I would be more strict with watching what I eat it would be even more. My weight right now is 205lb. For my lab report I got a star from my Dr. 😄 because my cholesterol is 170, my HDL 75, my triglycerides are 75 and my A1C is 5.5. My back/knee pain is gone. 🙂 I would like to lose more weight to get below 200lb, that means I have gird my not so wee loins and really start looking at my food intake. For me to exercise on a regular basis was to find something that is fun and I look forward too, otherwise I find excuses not to go. What also helps me with my exercise is the awesome instructor I have. Her saying is: "gyms are not just for healthy people, they are mainly for people that want to get and stay healthy".
It is hard to lose weight. As many here can attest. It takes a lot of discipline (that I lack when it comes to food) but if many of you lovely posters can do it, I can do it too. 😄 I will never reach my ideal weight of 128lb for my height according to the charts. I never was that weight. My lowest was 145lb in my 20s. My Dr. told me not to pay attention to it. Ideal weight doesn't mean healthy. My 2 years younger sister is a good example. She never had to struggle with weight. She is still at 58 the same size she was when she was 20 and always was the skinny one in the family, but is now the one with the most health problems.
Anyway. I didn't meant for my post to get this long. I really enjoy reading the posts here and I look forward to more. I wish everybody much health and to work toward being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much and is still standing.
And.... yikes to the cat posts. We have 6 cats - 3 indoor and 3 outdoor furries. None of them go on the counter or the table. At least not when we are home. No clue what they do when their staff is out. 🙂