• Sunny

    posted on August 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Again, you hit the nail on the head. I struggle with realizing that people don’t still see me as fat…I see myself as fat…shouldn’t they? It’s only recently that I realized I’m average. But for so much of my life, I was bigger than the other kids and overweight. I too think I was hiding from life by being overweight. Nice to be able to let that go even if just a little bit.

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    Amy Reply:

    It’ almost like when you’ve gotten your haircut and it looks great but you forget about it. You’re so used to the old haircut and the new haircut hasn’t set into your sense of self yet.

    I don’t think everyone uses their weight to hide from life – but I did. Sometimes I even think, “I’ll just get fat again and then I won’t have to do this,” whatever this is. Ha! I always laugh at myself when that one rolls through. I’m grateful that today I don’t live that way.

    Glad you’re letting go. It’s a huge relief.

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  • Amanda @ Panda Lunch

    posted on August 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story, Amy, it’s always nice to get a little insight into someone else’s world. Although I didn’t have such a dramatic weight loss, I still struggle with body image issues, sometimes I wonder if it’s just part of being a woman no matter what your size! Anyway, I just stopped by to tell you I made a variation of the black bean brownies over the weekend and they were absolutely fabulous!! I shared the recipe on my blog and everyone seemed excited about it! I gave you credit for the inspiration of course. I just love your blog, keep up the good work!

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    Amy Reply:

    Body image issues…I have them. I think we all do. I have to practice acceptance daily, which keeps me sane *most* of the time.

    THANK YOU!! I am thrilled. You are a doll. I’m hopping right over to your place to see what you did. And, yes, I am so glad that they were a success.

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  • Lauren

    posted on August 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Although I’ve never been overweight, I totally get where you’re coming from. I often play it safe, and hide in being the “sick girl”, or the “smart girl”. However, I’ve found that as I’ve gotten healthier, I’ve gotten more comfortable with myself and being myself around everyone. As long as I’m happy with who I am, it doesn’t matter what they think (I hope… it is high school).

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    Amy Reply:

    I happen to think you’re one of the most courageous and talented people I know. I’ve noticed that you’ve made the very best out of your life, no matter what. That’s not easy to do. High school was tough for me – I wanted to disappear. If you’re feeling comfortable with you now, that’s awesome.

    I was the “fat, smart girl.” Bad combo. :) I always ruined the curve. So there was even more to make fun of. Funny thing is that today people will tell me how much they wanted to be able to excel like I did. It felt like a curse at the time but it’s once of my greatest gifts.

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  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on August 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I love your honesty in these posts, Amy. We can all identify with what you’ve shared here. I was average size in high school, but thought I was fat. (I was one of the smart girls, too, but I was pretty quiet so not in the popular clique.) Then when I really did gain too much weight years later, I looked back on those days of high school and college and thought why on earth didn’t I appreciate what I had? So much is where we are mentally. I don’t often agree with Dr. Phil, but he has said that we don’t continue doing something unless it’s working for us on some level. That’s exactly what you’ve shared and what so many of us can identify with. It gives me pause today to reflect on that again and squelch that type of thinking. Instead, I’ll focus on all the positives and eating good, healthy food and go from there.

    Thanks, Amy!
    Shirley

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  • Kelli

    posted on May 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Amy,

    I realize that this post is really late compared to the others but I want to thank you. I just found your blog because I finally figured out how negatively sugar, potatoes, and wheat affect me. (This was after keeping a journal for several weeks and doing Atkins at the same time.) All of your posts are wonderful but this particular one really hit home with me. I now realize how much I have been hiding in my life and missing out on so much. The turned down invites to the beach, refusing to try new things, etc. That is me! I feel so badly for my husband and daughter who always want to do ocean sports with me but I won’t because of my weight. It’s time to make a change in my life. Thanks again.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kelli, I think that awareness is the first step to change. For me, it took time to go from being aware to actually taking the right action to balance my life. But the important thing is that I did it. :)

    Best wishes to you on your journey!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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