Trying to Shed the Fat Off the Fotographing Fat Kid

So it seems like for majority of my life I have been “The Fat Kid.” The proverbial punching bag for the insecure who had issues so they would take it out on me by making fun of my flab. From elementary to about 7th grade, I was made fun of at least once a day for being fat, the rest was for just being awkward. Eventually I learned that if you were just nice to people it would go a long way; and if you could make them laugh they would be too busy thinking you were so awesome that they would forget to insult you so that’s what I tried to do and it worked. When I was a Freshman in High School, I came to this realization that were two kinds of fat guys: the ones who were depressed about being big and the ones who didn’t care and wouldn’t let their waist size determine their attitude; so I went with the latter and it was the best decision I have ever made.

Let’s fast forward to 2010 shall we. Earlier this year Megan and I decided we were going to run the Mayor’s 5k in Abilene on Megan’s birthday, April 10th. To prepare for that we did a 12 week training through Nike+. You would run 3-5 times a week and the shortest distance was 2 miles and the longest was 7. I had it so when I would run, it would send the information to Facebook and it would say something “Nathan ran 4 miles at the pace 12:30/mile.” The general response was positive except for a few put downs, one of which linked my running to the earthquake in Haiti. After that I started to notice this odd negative response to a fat person working out trying to better themselves. In Abilene we would work out at this Anytime Fitness that was right next to this amazing Mexican Restaurant which was torture because you could smell its amazingness at the gym. Anywho, the treadmills faced this window by the sidewalk to the stripmall it was in so a lot of people walked by to go to the restaurant.  There were a ton of times that people would look in see me running on the treadmill and just give me this “Look at this fat idiot!” and then they would walk away. I feel like some people think it’s ridiculous for obese people to even try to work out and they feel sorry for them. Why would you ever put down someone who was obviously trying to get in shape? It’s so wrong!!!

Whew, okay the last two paragraphs were cathartic and were not intended for you to pity me, just for you to understand a little more about me. They were also things I needed to say pseudo out loud (are things you say on the Internet “Out loud?” Anyways…)

Now to the artery-clogged heart of this blog. Megan and I are taking the first steps to try to be healthier and ultimately thinner people. We have been fighting this healthy fight for about a year now and it has had it’s ups and downs. Abilene didn’t have really any healthy eateries (ala Little Panda and Pizza House) so it was hard to eat out so we started to eat at home a lot more which was great, but as moving day  grew closer, the convenience  of eating out usually won. Then when we moved to Tallahassee, there were hundreds of new restaurants that we had to try out so that temptation has continually won. Now that we have our lives a little more in order, we are on a new mission to undo all the indulging damage we have done to ourselves since July (and in my case, undoing the damage since… birth.)

So here’s the deal, Megan and I have started Weight Watchers sans the meetings because you have to pay for them. Thanks to the internet, anything you need to know about WW is online which is so legit. For those who don’t know, the way WW works is you have an assigned points that you are allowed to eat per day and it’s based on how much you weigh, I have 34 points a day. Everything you eat has a certain amount of points and it’s calculated by calories, fat and fiber amount so you calculate it with a points calculator like this and then you have to weigh cost of whether it’s worth eating it… which sucks at first but then it eventually changes how you look at food. For example, tonight we went to Chick-fil-a and we each had an 8 piece nugget (6 points) and then shared a large fry (5 points each) and a Coke Zero (0 points). Now 11 points isn’t bad for eating out, but we kept it manageable by being smart about the little things like the sauce. I had BBQ (1 point a packet) and Megan had Honey Mustard (1 point a packet) but usually Megan gets 2 packets of Chick-fil-a sauce which has 110 calories and a whopping 13 grams of fat for one small packet. One packet has more fat than the 8 piece nuggets which is just bonkers!!! I used to think making switches like that were sacrifices but now I look at them as being smart and that that’s 13 grams of fat I won’t have to lose at the gym.

So here’s the real deal (I promise I won’t be this long winded everyday because I would develop carpal tunnel.) Starting tomorrow, I am going to post what I’ve eaten, how many points I used, how much I’ve exercised and any tips I have learned that day so I can help you out there who want to lose weight. I have been on diets before and they always fizzle out around the 6th week. I think that blogging something this personal will hold me accountable which is what I need.

What I need from you: I need your support, not just on here but everywhere. If we are out at lunch and I’m reaching for the fried pizza or the chocolate covered porkrinds, ask me if it’s worth it. It might sound harsh, but it’s what I need for this thing to work. Hopefully in turn it might help you look at food a different way as well. Also I’m asking for your prayers. This is something that is a struggle for me and I know that through God, anything is possible even me kicking this food addiction.

So thanks for listening, if you read this whole thing, you’re legit. See you tomorrow.

Published by nathanalbert

I've always wanted a blog. Now I have one.

7 thoughts on “Trying to Shed the Fat Off the Fotographing Fat Kid

  1. Dude this is amazing. I’m so proud of you for taking this step. I’m trying to lose some weight myself so I know how hard it can be not to eat out or not eat what you want to. I’ll be praying for you and you can bet I’ll be on top of you whenever we all go out. All I ask from man is that you do the same for me. Love you brother, and God bless.

    Dave “The Game” Hindman

  2. That’s really cool. It’s awesome to hear that you guys are trying to be so committed to healthy eating. I’m pretty sure, too, that thinness (in and of itself) is overrated; HEALTH is the thing that matters! (And you’re not alone, either; most people in this country could do with a large helping of discipline at mealtime!) Props!

  3. Hey, thought I’d stop by and have a read since you were nice enough to come visit my blog. You seem to be blogging about your weight loss for some of the same reasons as me, woohoo, I am not alone! lol. It gets easier…I swear! You wouldn’t believe how many foods I look at now and think “it’s just not worth the points” – it’s crazy how many foods are on my ‘not worth it’ list. Good luck to you, I am sure you’ll do great! Feel free to stop by my blog anytime and see what’s happenin on my end of the weight watcher experience…I’ll be sure to check in on you. 🙂

  4. It’s so great that you are taking charge and wanting to make yourself a healthier person. It’s very inspiring! I’m also trying to loose weight, I’ve lost 26lbs. since last year and I have 30 more to go. So let’s all be an encouragement to each other, looking forward to this journey and to know that I’ll have other friends going through the same thing! I’ll be praying for you and Megan:)

  5. Great post Nathan! It’s it insane how the people who lament that overweight people should be more healthy etc. etc. etc. are the same ones to bad mouth them when they try to change? Apparently, there are some people who you just can’t please!
    Stopping by from I’m Fit Possible TBT!

    1. Crazy, right? Thankfully, I have had an AMAZING community of support from my friends and family. I couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks for the comment!

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