Losing weight is hard enough, keeping it off even harder. But people looking down on you because you managed to do it, may be the hardest to stomach.
From Funny Reactions...I just read a story by Diane Carbonell, a wonderful woman who 14 years ago lost a whopping 158 lbs and succeeded in keeping them off.Diane there mainly writes about a study done at the University of Hawaii, that showed that the stigma of being fat stays with people even after they lost weight, but what really got me was her opening paragraph:
After I lost weight, I not only lost about 25 inches off my waist and 150 pounds off my frame, but I also lost a best friend and gained a bunch of self-confidence.That made me think back: how did people react to my weight loss four years ago? After I went from 196 lbs (89 kg) to 163 lbs (74 kg), I had many positive reactions, yet one or the other wasn't very supportive. One I vividly remember is the one by our mechanic, who I know for years, is immensely strong, but carries a liberal helping of extra poundage himself. He also likes to announce things very loudly, including "I gotta take a dump".My new slim me one day came to his workshop to drop off my car for a check. He saw me and said, loud enough for the whole place to hear it, "why so skinny, are you sick?" Envy was dripping. I replied with the truth: that I had realized I had been unhappy with myself and decided to change it.Not very funny so far, I know. But when a couple of days later I came to pick my car up, he took me aside, and, this time very quietly, asked: "how did you do it?"