Body Image and Being Overweight
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Being overweight started as far back as I can remember which was 3 years old. All my class pictures during elementary school showed the class lined up on the steps in rows of usually three. I was always placed in the back of the line-up since I took up the place of two students standing in front of me. If I was in front, I'd have blocked them from being seen. Children as we all know can be cruel. My nickname was "fatty Patty." A family member also was critical of my weight. This effected me.
Once I got to junior high school, I grew taller and was thin for the first time. I was able to buy normal size clothes and not have to go to a specialty shop. That thin me didn't last. Over the years I've lost and re-gained weight numerous times. At my heaviest I weighed 250 lbs.
Needless to say, from a very young age I haven't had a good body image of myself. Currently I am at my goal weight and hope, through SP, to maintain it this time. I'm extremely limited to exercise because of having severe osteoporosis since I was 35 years old, over 25 year ago. During this time, I've broken numerous bones. Scoliosis caused by the osteoporosis causes daily back pain.
Water exercise would be perfect for me. The only fitness center in my small city that had a swimming pool had to shut it permanently because of water leaks. Since it's summer I have an aquaintance who asked me to swim last week. Well, I didn't own a swimsuit then. I actually took a huge step and bought one. I'm ready to go when she asks again. The old thoughts in my head about how bad I look still haunt me. I'm determined to go swimming when asked again. I just wish I could change my body image and be comfortable wearing a swimsuit.