Confessions of a Former Fat Girl
I joined weight watchers my senior year of college after having been overweight almost my entire life. Over the course of the last 2 years I've lost around 60 pounds. That might not sound like a whole lot, but at under 5 feet tall it transformed by body. Losing weight changed everything.
People treat me completely differently. After suffering through the humiliation at 20 of guys my own age calling me "ma'am" and not really looking at me, it's bizarre to suddenly realize that someone is flirting with me. I still don't really believe it.
I used to loathe having my picture taken. I don't think I'll ever be a camera hog, at least now I can focus on capturing moments in my life instead of worrying about how fat my face will look.
Clothes shopping is a fun experience instead of a nightmare.
The best thing about the weight loss for me is just being able to finally trust and depend on my own body, not having to plan everything I do around how much walking or physical activity is involved or worry about being ashamed because I slow everyone else down.
I have major regrets about not losing the weight sooner. I know that my experiences in high school and college would have been markedly different if I wasn't overweight: I would have been much more outgoing and involved, and I probably wouldn't be so jaded.
That's the thing though---even after you've lost the weight, you don't forget how people will treat you when they think you don't count or matter. It makes it really hard to trust anyone. I'm slowly learning though...