Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Does Miss Manners Have A Chapter For This?

I wondered if it would even happen. If I would get the dreaded question. It was probably only a matter of time before it happened, but even so, I was ill prepared.

"Did you have Gastric Bypass Surgery"?

There was a strange dichotomy of joy and fury.

Joy because, hey, I have lost a lot of weight and for most people in todays society with GBS being so prevalent, they think that they only way that people can lose is to get sliced open and have the majority of your stomach stapled or removed. People have noticed the large weight loss and may think that it is a compliment. The media has brainwashed the masses into believing that self control is almost non-existent and that because we live in a self indulgent society that there is just no way that people can lose weight the old fashioned way. Eat less. Move more.

Then comes the fury. Who the hell do you think you are by assuming that I had to get cut open to do what I have done? Do I look like someone with no self control? Have you not observed me exercising nearly every day and bringing in healthly, portion controlled meals? If you assume that I had surgery, then you haven't been paying attention.

Instead of asking me if I had surgery, it would be more polite to ask me flat out how I lost the weight that I have. Believe me, I am so excited and have immersed myself so fully into this lifestyle that I can do on ad nauseum about Weight Watchers, exercise, menus, activity points, etc. etc. etc.

Phew! It felt good to get that off my still size D chest.

Have I told you all that I am now able to shop in regular stores? How cool is that. I am still at the point where I can shop plus sizes if I want to, but I CAN shop regular sizes too. Currently I am in a size 16 (getting pretty close to a 14) or a size XL.

Oh, and I also forgot to tell you. Last week I officially made over 75 pounds lost. Actually it was 77.9. Due to a volcano that is currently residing on my chin, I decided to wait to take my 75 pounds down photo until the volcano was slightly smaller than Mt. Vesuvius.

Well, this week I went in expecting not to lose anything. It had been a good week, but my scale at home wasn't showing much movement. Shock the shit out of me. I am officially down 80.1 pounds. That means instead of a 75 lb. pic, you will be all blessed with an 80 pounds lost pic this weekend or early next week.


Not so little Woman said...

Rachel, you are an inspiration!! And don't worry about the rude people with stupid assumptions. There's lots of them in the world and they come up with ridiculous things for anything.
For example, I've had people tell me I "don't sound Hispanic" when I speak English. Uh? What? Idiots.

Churlita said...

Good for you. There's a woman in my office who had the surgery. when another woman lost tons of weight through Weight Watchers, the surgery woman was trying to piss all over it, by saying she'd never keep it off. It's been 5 years and she still looks great.

reformattingmybrain said...

Congrats Rachel! You are just simply amazing! I love reading here because I can hear the excitement coming from you just by reading you writing. Some people just have stupid things fall out of their mouths sometimes. Ignore them. Can't wait to see yet another gorgeous pic of you!

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

You are doing great and keep it up.. Some people don't know any better when it comes to asking... weight loss for anyone is a huge accomplishment.. so everyone needs to start paying attention.... Or learn to awesome job.. we are proud of you..

Freckle Face Girl said...

That is amazing! You really have worked hard & people are noticing even if they stick their feet in their mouths. :)

ANON1 said...

Good stuff. Keep up the excellent work.

David in DC said...


People ask stupid questions. It's in their nature, I guess. But your oaf marched three or four paces past stupid and right on into daft.

Wonderful self-control. Wonderful self-esteem. Wonderful lesson in sticktuitiveness for the human sponge at your feet. They're always watching. Even when we think they're not.

Congrats Rachel. Can't wait to see the pics.

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Rico said...

It's incredible how people think that you will take the easy way out. Don't people believe in hard work and determination anymore? You look FABULOUS dear! I'm very proud of you.