5 May 2010
Weigh in: 129 kg
Weight loss to date: 25 kg
Another week and another 5 kgs – YES that’s right 5 kgs.
I went from 134 kgs to 129 kgs. While I know this is a one off and this week I may not lose anything, I have been basking in my 5 kg loss.
I think that this even surprised Anton.
Leading up to my Saturday weigh in, I was feeling the inevitable – “what am I doing, this is too hard, I don’t want to train etc etc.” It’s during these times that that I think of the support that I receive and also the money being raised for Dragons Abreast. The support I have received from the directors of the hotel has been unsurpassed and they are truly 100% behind my efforts. I cannot thank them enough for their continued support.
I never wanted to make this a blog about people’s ignorance, and I won’t. But I do want to share an experience that I had the other day in a taxi. I have to say that it did have effect on me and my mental state. I spoke about it with telling Anton and told him I didn’t think that I should I should really put it on the blog.
But Anton, simply put, said “I think you should.”
The other day, I was feeling very good about my efforts having lost 20 kgs and was now down to 134 kgs. I was on a high – well that ended really fast. I have said before I have never suffered from poor body image but this incident affected me. I hailed a taxi and when the taxi pulled over, I went to get in the front seat, as I always do, but the driver said out loud that I was too big to get in the front seat and that I should hop in the back. Now, to say the least I was stunned – the car was a large Commodore and had plenty of room. I am still not sure whether this was because I had lost 20 kgs or whether it was his complete rudeness, but for some inane reason his statement really cut to the core.
In thinking about this, I came to the conclusion that yes, we do judge people on their appearance, however we do not know why or how this person is overweight. I have previously shared with you how I arrived at where I was.
At the end of the day I am glad that the ignorant taxi driver made his comments, as, one, it made me even more appreciative of the support I get and, two, I went on to lose 5 kgs last week.
So, I give a 2 fingered salute to people who do not look past the exterior. I have become more observant on how people interact with larger people and fellow human beings in general. I have also become more aware of the way I interact with other people. I am a firm believer in the old saying that you should treat others as you like to be treated yourself.
It can be done, losing weight that is, however I must say and say again, it takes real will power. I have nearly stopped watching television, opting for DVDs, so I am not constantly bombarded with fast food commercials.
I truly understand that the support you receive is critical to achieving your goals.
Until next week this is 129 kgs of me saying, ciao.
About Dragons Abreast
Well Steven – 25kg and $6300.00 donated to date is a magnificent effort and don’t be swayed by the narrow mindedness of some. We don’t live in a perfect world, and if the world was perfect – wouldn’t we be boring people ??
Denise Lynn – Fundraising Manager – Dragons Abreast
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