And so it begins

I tell people I’m on a diet. Don’t know why, really. I guess I just don’t want to keep it secret. So now I have people telling me that I must be joking. They tell me I look great. Have I accidentally sabotaged myself?

While it is nice to get compliments, having been 120 pounds for 20 years since age 18, weighing more is unusual, and weighing way more even more so. I’m not really used to or comfortable with seeing rolls of fat on my belly (a feature that clothes camouflage and so I fool people). I had some leeway for a while, but no more. One book I read said that your optimal weight is what you weighed when you were finished growing/developing, plus or minus 10 per cent, which means over 20 pounds less than my current weight. Even my current goal of 10 pounds’ loss, will leave me over my optimal weight, but hopefully those pounds will not be around my middle any more.

By Keera Ann Fox

I am a bi-lingual American who has lived most of my life in Norway.
Jeg er en tospråklig amerikaner som har bodd mesteparten av mitt liv i Norge.

9 replies on “And so it begins”

I didn\’t tell most people I was dieting, especially my coworkers. First, I didn\’t want them to know I gained if they hadn\’t noticed already (like you, my work clothes pretty well camouflaged it). Second, if I messed up or figured in a treat, I didn\’t want them commenting. I\’m a bit underweight now, but I feel better this way, plus no one\’s disputed that old rat study. (Rats fed 1/3 less lived a lot longer.)


Well, I figured I could \”blab\” because several co-workers in my department have dieted; my boss just finished losing over 20 pounds himself since New Year\’s. And one co-worker who told me I looked great and didn\’t need to lose weight is also a friend.Oh, well. The only thing that matters is what I think and do. I mean, it\’s not like I want to get round enough to roll in the universe! Heh.


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