There I was walking through the restaurant when an employee came to me and said:

“Have you ever seen The Goonies?”

Once he said this, my face turned red.
I clinched my fist.
I had 20 nasty things to say.
There was a weird emptiness I felt.

Some of you are reading this and have no idea what I am talking about.

This post so far makes absolutely no sense.

What is a Goonie and why are you writing this? Write about cauliflower, we like cauliflower.

Yet some of you are reading this and know exactly what I am talking about. You know exactly what I am going to write next.

You have probably heard it before.

I have never seen The Goonies nor will I ever. I know that in the movie, there was a “fat kid” who did a “fat dance” that everyone used to ask me to do when I was a kid.

When I read weight loss blogs I have to realize that there are some people who are new at being overweight. That is the hardest thing for me to understand. I think that everyone reading this was a 250 pound 12 year old who got picked on.

Yet, that is not the case.

There are those who were the “hot girls” and “jocks” growing up who never understood why people were “fat”.

They could eat what they want and never gain anything.

Some had friends who were fat and others picked on people who were fat. Some made comments like “I would never go out with a fat person.” or “Why don’t they just lose weight!”

Either way, they knew that they would never be fat. Then….

One day they woke up over 300 pounds.
Lost.
Not used to the ridicule from others.

They know they need to lose weight. Maybe their spouse is putting pressure on them. Maybe their parents are. For so many years they were thin, and now, in a place that is hard for them.

They need to lose weight, but how? They get pills or contemplate surgery. They read articles that tell them that making love is great cardio. They get a lot of fat free foods or foods that say fiber on them.

I am here to tell you that good decisions will help you lose weight, not quick fixes.

Because over and over again it did not work for me.

Sometimes I write with a cynical tone because I have been “fat” my whole life. I have heard it all before.

I remember when chromium picolinate was the next big weight loss pill. When Deal-A-Meal was going to make me thin. I remember reading the “Top 10 things to lose weight” which has not changed in over 20 years.

I remember Atkins and the Detox diet. I have done everything. I have done this my whole life.

I roll my eyes when I read that restaurant food has a lot of sodium in it. I mean, all you have to do is ask for your fries without salt.

I get frustrated when people brag about their Yoplait 100 calorie yogurt. I feel that you can put any food into that small cup and it would be 100 calories.

It is fascinating and horrible that I am this way. On one side, I have lost over 200 pounds. I have been “fat” my whole life and then one day decided to lose it all for good, which is rare.

I have such a different perspective than most. I feel that writing “mowing your grass is good cardio” will belittle you.

Because it would belittle me.

I feel that telling you about my experiences is better than what foods to eat. The fear of not being able to properly go to the bathroom or coughing up blood should be enough to limit your portions. To be active.

So for those who have been overweight their whole lives you get me.

For those who are new, I do apologize.

Anyway, I was talking about the employee who asked me if I saw The Goonies. Well, after I told him I have not he said:

“Oh, there was a guy at the convienence store who looked like the monster, the one eyed one.”

I looked at him and said sarcastically “Really! One eye?”

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