Weight and body image issues are something I’ve grappled with as long as I can remember. Just some random memories, starting in early childhood:

“If you don’t stop eating, you won’t be able to fit through that door”.

“If you don’t stop eating,  you’re going to be as big as “X”.

“Do you want to be as fat as “X” when you grow up?

Sitting in the doctor’s office (probably late grade school age, so around 11 or 12) and ignoring the nurse telling me to come weigh because I was so uncomfortable with anyone else knowing my weight.

Going to the doctor at age 14 and being put on a 1000 calorie a day diet and thyroid medication because I needed to lose weight. I weighed 145 pounds. How I would like to see that weight again lol.

If you can “pinch an inch”, you’re too fat.

BMI-Body Mass Index

Height/weight scales and “ideal” weights or goal weights.

Joining Weight Watchers at age 18 weighing around 170 pounds.

The low-fat diet I was put on in the early 90s by my doctor. A comment made to me during that time “Tracy had to be told by her doctor she needed to lose weight”.

The Weigh Down Workshop (look up information on Gwen Shamblin. Now that’s scary stuff)

First Place 4 Health (by far probably the healthiest and well-balanced program I did).

Slim-Fast Diet

And it goes on and on and on…for most of my life.

At some point a few years ago, I decided not to focus so much on my weight and to focus more on my health. But the truth is, I never stop thinking about the weight. Ever. It’s been ingrained into me since childhood.

This is the first in a series of posts about weight and body issues, inspired by my recent experience with a medical professional.


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