I've lost a ton of weight. Over 100 lbs to be exact. Though I still have a ways to go, I can't help but be irritated at times because I'm treated so much differently as it is post weight loss.
I have always been nice to others, clean, approachable, kind, funny, and caring. I was ignored before though.
I notice every day how I get such better customer service now, and have even had guys pick up the tab without me knowing when dining out. These "perks" do not make me happy at all.
If anything they make me angry.
Why wasn't I worthy of this treatment before? Will it become more obnoxious as I slim down more? Why was I so intimidated to look at cute clothes before because I'd catch people looking at me like, "Honey please like your a$! is going to wear that."?
I've worked ridiculously hard at it. Watching portions and what I eat, not snacking at work since cooks have to taste all day, quitting smoking, working out... There is no miracle cure. It's taken me three years to maintain, and finally lose more weight and continue my journey.
It's scary though! I would never treat somebody differently because of their size. As much as I would love to inspire anyone to be healthy, it isn't my place to tell them unless they were extremely destructive and purposely harming themselves. I get it though! We love food! It is so hard, but having my family I'm happy now that I can run around the park with them and not sit there exhausted by watching them. I just do not understand why people treat you like you are a completely different person.
Strangers are nicer, and friends grow distant.
It's their own insecurities though. My "friends" were happy with me being fatter. It became intimidating to them when I trimmed down, and some even admitted that. They wanted me to be the fat friend!
How freakin' retarded is that concept?!!!!
Do not let anyone discourage you. Living a healthy lifestyle is not a diet or a quick fix.
You'll fail at quick fixes. You need to put a ton of effort into it and you will skin your knees and cry a few times on this journey. I am not perfect. There are days I want to say screw this!
The real perks about losing weight are energy. I would not have been able to work in a kitchen before. Are you kidding me? Standing up for two hours killed me let alone 7-15. I can chase my kids. I feel great about taking care of myself. Those are the perks.
If others treat you differently, it is a perk. It's easier to weed out the fake people. Good luck! :) xo