Friday, August 28, 2009

Stop Calling In Fat To Life! (the wrong way)

***The above photo courtesy of the Junonia Plus-Size catalog.

I read an awesome blog yesterday from Marissa Jaret Winokur. She is keeping a weight loss blog for People Magazine:,,20300257,00.html . In the latest installment she talks about calling in fat, like you would call in sick to work. She mainly focuses on the fact that she took a little vacation, where she didn't count calories, went to the beach and just enjoyed the time with her husband and son. She also skipped writing her blog for a week. This version of calling in fat is something that makes sense to me...Marissa's been working hard, and needed a vacation to just relax and enjoy. We all do that from time to time, whether we are size 2 or higher!

She did also touch on the other way we all call in fat. We skip parties and events because we feel too fat to make an appearance. I can say I have done this, more often than I would even like to admit. Marissa got me thinking about the times I have decided not to go somewhere because I felt like people would be staring at my size or make comments. Sometimes I even skipped an event because I thought I would overindulge on all of the good food that was going to be served there. The problem was, I would always feel depressed that I was missing out on the fun, and then eat junk anyway to make myself feel better. Then I'd have to call in fat to another event, and the cycle continued.

I have decided that I will not call in fat to my life anymore! I will attend those parties and just enjoy myself. I'm learning how to control myself around the food, so that is not a problem now. Life doesn't start once you become a certain are living it NOW!!!

I play tennis, dance, go to the pool or the beach, and do whatever I wish, at the size I am now. As I continue losing weight, the size of my clothes is becoming smaller, but I am going to enjoy and live life no matter what.

So calling in fat to take a little vacation is OK, as long as you get back to business once you come back. But don't skip having fun in life because of your size...go out there and just live!!!


2Bmeagain said...

Love your post today. 'Calling in fat' is such a unique way to look at all of those wonderful opportunities I've had through the years to experience life that I just said "NO" to. It makes me sad when I think about all that I have missed out on.

I am beginning to say "Yes" to things I have avoided in the past, but it's going to take me awhile to get the "No's" out of my system.

For example, at work there is food around me all the time. The staff is always having a luncheon, going out to eat, getting take-out, or celebrating someone's birthday with cake. Last year I avoided almost all of those occasions. I simply touted that I was on Weight Watcher's and couldn't indulge. Then I would eat the lunch I brought from home alone in my classroom. By the end of the year, I couldn't resist anymore and ate almost everything in sight! This was not a good choice for me to have made. So, this year I am going to have fun and participate in these food events, but I am going to be watchful of what I am eating and enjoy the company of my coworkers.

Mesha said...

i'm all up for calling in fat for the first instance. :) i'm calling in fat for two vacations in October. :) although i will not be anal and count every crumb that enters my mouth, i will still be conscious. this is a LIFE change and i'm not calling in to life, every day God blesses me with I muchso plan on showing up and putting in my best work ethic. :)

Melissa Cunningham said...

wow,amazing posts!!!
love the view point of "calling in fat"...

105 pounds in 365 days said...

Love this ---> "Life doesn't start once you become a certain are living it NOW!!!"

I no longer call in fat out of fear of judgment (whether it be by myself or others) but I do still catch myself calling in fat to social events out of fear of un-planned calories! And it's so silly to avoid an event because I'm scared of a cheesecake? Or a cocktail? Pfft! I need to start telling myself to man up and live my life :)

Great post!

PS. I totally called in fat on vacation the other week. I didn't go crazy but I definitely had all the cocktails I could want. The only way I could have been happier is if I was drinking them in a bikini!

PPS. Thanks for the link to her blog on people... LOVE HER!!

The Amazing Shrinking Girl said...

Love it! Thanks for reminding to live NOW, not when I get to a certain size!

WriterMarie said...

Thanks everyone...Marissa came up with the "calling in fat"...and then I just ran with it! :o)

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