Not bad for a fat girl

The One Armed Wonder, or What’s My Excuse?


(One of my earliest blog posts. I was so inspired by Ryan! Originally published June 27, 2013.)


tumblr_mozfa2rZOp1rri1fao1_400Did you happen to catch Extreme Weight Loss on ABC last night? It featured a young man from Appleton, WI who not only started losing weight at 410 lbs, but did so with one arm. This young man, Ryan, gave it all he had and lost over two hundred pounds over the course of a year. Ok, he had help. Lots of help. But so what? Could I do it, even with help? Could you?

Here’s the thing, I have help. Maybe you do too. We all (well, you and I anyway) have the internet, so we have TONS of resources, right? And if you’re anything like me, you already know plenty about health, fitness, and nutrition. I’ve often said I could write the book… but would I read it?

Maybe you’re stubborn, like me. Or a slow learner. Or a procrastinator. Or in denial. Maybe you are so incredibly stunningly gorgeous that the very thought of altering your appearance in any way, including by losing even an ounce, is unacceptable to you. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re ready to try. Again.

That’s what this is all about for me. Allowing myself the space to try again and again and again. That’s what it’s going to take for me. I’m fat. Really really fat. I could stand to lose at least 100 lbs. Seriously. You’re welcome to come along, or stand on the sidelines and watch. Laugh when you want to, sob if you feel like it, but do something. This business of doing nothing is crap.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

3 thoughts on “The One Armed Wonder, or What’s My Excuse?

  1. I’m at an all-time high right now – 315 on a 5’4″ frame. It’s been a life-long battle. I have been as light as 141 – I was 17 and lost over a hundred pounds in three months. I kept it off for about three years. I generally stayed somewhere in the 200s for 30 years after that – as low as 207 as high as 270. I gave up smoking and this last 50 or so pounds gained over the last 7 years has really put a strain on everything. I tried starting an online support group – it didn’t take – I am ever hopeful that one day I’ll get one started. If you decide to make your move I will definitely cheer you on!

    • Thanks! I’m with you on the on-again, off-again nature of this whole battle of the bulge. It’s hard to maintain the mindset that’s necessary to successfully manage a healthy weight. At least it is for me and millions of other people. Thanks for your honest and encouraging comments, friend.

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