Thursday, February 24, 2011

Things People Say...

Since my surgery in June and the subsequent 80 lb. weight loss, obviously my physical appearance has become a major topic of conversation.  It is a rare day that goes by without someone commenting on my appearance.

Don't get me wrong.  I love to hear the observations, compliments, and encouragement regarding the drastic changes I've made in my life these past eight months.

But some days, not very often but SOME days, I want to be talked to about something other than weight-loss surgery, my new "diet", how much weight I've lost, etc.  I feel a bit like a broken record...   
"You are looking fantastic Jenny!  Aw, thank you!

How much weight have you lost so far?  Oh, a little more than 80 lbs.

Wow!  Do you feel amazing?  Oh yeah.  I feel totally different.  I have more energy, I enjoy being active, (etc. etc. etc.)

So, do you ever miss eating?  (laughing)  I still eat.  Five or more times a day.  It's just smaller portions and better quality food.  But no, I don't miss it.  I suppose I might if I was hungry all the time, but I'm never really hungry."

And the conversations go on and on like this, day in and day out for almost nine months now.  Like I said, I really do enjoy the compliments and I don't mind sharing my story with others at all.  I am happy to answer questions about what this experience has been like for me.

But sometimes I just get tired of answering the same questions and having the same conversations over and over again.  I know its because the changes in my appearance are still a "shock" to people.  And I'm changing from week to week, so that will continue for a while still. 

Nonetheless, I feel like a broken record.


  1. Maybe we should make brochures to hand out to all the people that ask us! ha! That would be funny!

  2. I'm gonna make you a shirt. It shall say: "Hi, my name is Jenny, and I've lost 80+ lbs! The comment box is strapped to my now flat and fabulous behind. Feel free to leave any questions you have in it and I'll forward out a mass e-mail daily."

    (And of course... gotta construct the comment box too.)

  3. I hear ya! That is the topic with me always!

  4. I definitely think a preprinted set of answers are the way to go!

  5. OMG, you nailed it. Your exact conversation is what happens to me on a daily basis. The only difference is that I'm lying by ommission about the band. Of course they all want to know my secret, but I'm not sharing yet. Yes,we need pamphlets!!!

  6. I never get tired of hearing it. I'm vain like that though, lol! ;)

  7. Ronnie. Do it. I'll be waiting by the mailbox with bated breath. :)

    Could you make it pretty and sparkly while you're at it? :)