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Things people say when you lose weight

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  • mtaratootmtaratoot Posts: 1,126Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,126Member, Premium Member
    Lol someone recently approached me at work and was like "you must've lost 50 lbs by now, that's awesome"

    I laughed and they started apologizing and said they just thought of a big number and sorry if they offended me.

    I had to explain that I was within a couple of pounds of hitting 150 lbs of total loss

    Wow! And by the way - congratulations on the success!
  • BuddhaBunnyFTWBuddhaBunnyFTW Posts: 87Member, Premium Member Posts: 87Member, Premium Member
    I really don't understand when I say I'm eating a plant based diet people give me the yuck face.
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Posts: 1,099Member Member Posts: 1,099Member Member
    I've had both good and not-so-good responses. One I get the most is that I'm skinny now and need to stop losing weight. I'm down to the last 10lbs, 90lbs down. My uncle recently told me I'm wasting away. I didn't appreciate that though I think he may have meant it in the right spirit. The skinny comment drives me nuts as I want to be slender, but would rather hear I have good muscle tone vs. being too thin.

  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Posts: 2,580Member Member Posts: 2,580Member Member
    yu_2 wrote: »
    I remember I had several people tell me I looked, “disgusting” & “anorexic” when I reached my goal weight of 120. It was very painful for me to hear & made me super depressed. 😔 I started out around 300 lbs and worked really hard to get to where I was. It really screwed with my head because at 5’7” & 120 lbs, I was in the healthy range of the BMI.

    I think some people carry their weight differently. While I was losing weight, I had a therapist tell me there was no way I was 200 lbs, that I looked closer to 160. She even went so far as to weigh me & she still couldn’t believe it. I think she thought the scale was broken 😂 I did some bulking of muscle & cutting of fat over a couple years & now look and feel a lot healthier at 150 than I did at 120. 💪😍 my endurance & overall fitness is so much better too!

    Looking back, I can understand to a tiny degree why all those people said I looked sickly but I feel they could have expressed it in a more tactful way. Losing weight, gaining muscle, maintaining, & recomp is definitely a journey, not a destination, I’ve learned! 😁

    I agree, being thin and being "anorexic" are completely different things and while they might not have been completely out of line in getting a little concerned, as it sounds like you were close to being underweight, there are much more tactful ways to express it. In fact, depending on their relationship with you, the only tactful thing is to not say anything. We all have our struggles and for some, it's just more visible, but that doesn't leave people open to comment on it.
  • smantha32smantha32 Posts: 6,963Member Member Posts: 6,963Member Member
  • MrsBradyBunchMrsBradyBunch Posts: 152Member Member Posts: 152Member Member
    I get called an "inspiration" sometimes. I'm glad for that.

    Some people act envious. One remark was a grumbled, "I think I'm finding the weight you're losing."

    And then there is the teasing. "Your clothes are getting loose on you. Did they stretch out, or something?" I suppose it's similar to the joke about somebody getting their "ears lowered" rather than their hair cut, but it kind of ticks me off.
  • sytchequeensytchequeen Posts: 481Member Member Posts: 481Member Member
    As someone who doesn't make personal comments to anyone generally (other than maybe I like your dress or that's a lovely haircut :D ) I really don't like receiving personal comments myself. I find them impolite and intrusive. However, I did get a "wow" from a colleague I haven't seen in a while this week. I quite liked the wow.

    She then totally ruined it by asking exactly how much weight I had lost. :/

    The fun thing was I could honestly say "nothing since we last met".

    I think maybe people you meet rarely (in this case once or twice a year) have a mental polaroid of you, and it takes a while for them to change the picture in their heads, which is why the comments keep coming for a few years, even when you're in maintenance.
  • Dorchi22Dorchi22 Posts: 39Member Member Posts: 39Member Member
    "You've lost weight, haven't you? I can see your face is slimmer." - My grandma.
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Posts: 2,580Member Member Posts: 2,580Member Member
    I get called an "inspiration" sometimes. I'm glad for that.

    Some people act envious. One remark was a grumbled, "I think I'm finding the weight you're losing."

    And then there is the teasing. "Your clothes are getting loose on you. Did they stretch out, or something?" I suppose it's similar to the joke about somebody getting their "ears lowered" rather than their hair cut, but it kind of ticks me off.

    That's hilarious! I would have told them, "Now it's your turn to chuck it to someone else. Hot potato." 20/20 hindsight and all that.
  • kjurassickjurassic Posts: 571Member Member Posts: 571Member Member
    Cbstewart88 I sure hope you quit that tactless SOB’s class and kicked him in the *#!!*#% before you walked out the door.
  • seltzermint555seltzermint555 Posts: 9,317Member Member Posts: 9,317Member Member
    I am reminded of my yoga teacher, who was from France - but nonetheless stunned me one day when he said: Some people have really fat thighs, some people have fat stomachs. Others are fat in the butt or have fat arms. But you are lucky. You are fat all over. LMAO. Thanks Francois... :neutral:

    That is kind of funny and awful at the same time!

    Actually though, my mom's sort of said that to me before too. "You may be heavy but it's well proportioned" was her usual comment, which did not offend. She was always the type of person to be really skinny up top with very large hips/thighs. Now that she's older, her weight's distributed more evenly.
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