“Every year People magazine comes out with people who are “half their weight!!!” Under it, they say, “no surgery, no gimmicks!” Like its a bad thing. I’ve seen people who are into the whole health/fitness thing (lots are personal trainers) they say bad things about it. Like how dangerous it is, and how proper nutrition and exercise is the only way to do it. It’s sad. It’s ignorance as well. It undermines everything I went through on my journey.”- Amy   Nothing has been easy for Amy. She has been dealing with weight issues since the age of 10. Then when she turned 25 she found herself over 300 pounds.   She was miserable. She desperately wanted to take the weight off, so she tried different things. She tracked all of her food. She got a personal trainer. She tried Atkins for a little bit. She tried only to eat […]

  Beverly went to the gym for the first time a couple of weeks ago. She weighed around 340 pounds and wanted to add a little fitness to her life. She walked in and felt out of place. She felt like everyone was looking at her. This is not like Beverly, who is a confident woman. But she realized that everyone was looking at her just like she was looking at them. She decided to go on the treadmill. She went on for fifteen minutes. Beverly felt out of place, but she kept going. After going for fifteen minutes, she wanted to do something else. They were starting a kettlebell class. She decided to try it out. She felt out of place in the class. She felt awkward and uncoordinated, but she gave it her all. About halfway through the class she could not do anymore. She went to sit […]

Mark, Once again, I would like to wish you a happy 18th birthday. I know you told me three times it was your birthday yesterday. I know you said three times that you turned 18, and I know you said that your name was Mark. Every time you said it made me smile more, and it made your whole family smile as well. Yesterday did not start off well at work for me.  I walked in and upset a woman because her burger was not as juicy as the last time she got it. Although I apologized and offered to make a new one, she was upset and refused another burger. I could not make her happy. Then a guest wanted to drink an alcoholic beverage using a bent, expired identification card. I told him he was unable to serve him and apologized. He got mad and left. I could […]

Hey Tony, Do you remember me? I am the woman who cried at the gym when two women were talking about me. I did not give up and kept going. I made a promise to never cry at the gym again. Well, I broke my promise. I cried the other day. Keep in mind I have been going non-stop since we last talked. I have been working hard. Nothing is getting in my way! But I did cry. I wanted to tell you about it. Today while I was working out on the machine I always use working out hard, a pretty attractive very fit man walk up to my machine and just stands there. He just stood by the machine. I had no idea why he was just standing by my machine. There were a ton of them that were open. And he kept looking at me. Finally after […]

To the fit woman at the grocery store in Minot, North Dakota, I assume that you remember who I am. I was the 200-pound red head who looked like she had just crawled out of bed in the produce section at Marketplace Foods. I was getting some vegetables for my dinner just like you were. I was looking at my grocery list on my phone…making sure I got everything I needed. In fact, I laughed when my daughter sent a silly text. I noticed you next to me with your friend. I thought your yoga pants were cute. I need new yoga pants. So you probably thought because I was looking at my phone that I couldn’t hear things around me. Well, I can. I am pretty talented. I can read a text AND listen to insults. It is my superpower. So I heard what you said about me when […]

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain… – J.K. Rowling It makes perfect sense to someone who has not been called fat for years. It does not sting those who have not been in the “fat” cyclone of life. Logically, there are worse things you could be. You could be a criminal. You could be a horrible person. You could be heartless. I am not sure why I am even comparing someone who eats a lot to a criminal. But the list goes on. That is until you have been called […]