I have decided to write a book. No, not the cookbook that I had written about in the Independent News Herald a few months ago, although I still believe I should write that one! No, this one is about the journey from being fat to fabulous.
Several years ago I even made up all of the chapter titles for the book.
Chapter 1: The "F" Word—Fat
Chapter 2: Another "F" Word—Fearful
Chapter 3: The Big "F" Word—Failure
Chapter 4: Yet Another "F" Word—Fit
Well, you get the idea, right? Finally, the last chapter was Chapter 9: The Final "F" Word—Fabulous!
I never got very FAR on writing the book because I couldn't FIND the time. I FELT somewhat like a FAILURE, but... I guess it would not be too late to start it now!
Chapter 1: The "F" Word—Fat
We all have encountered this word at one time or another. Maybe some of you would even consider yourselves to be the "F" word. Wherever you may find yourself, the fact remains, we have all encountered this word and have either used it to describe ourselves or someone else.
"What? How dare I accuse you of calling someone or something the 'F' word..." You are darn right and you know you have done it, too. I have done it, everyone I know has done it. I've heard them do it.
It might not be something to be proud of, but I am pretty certain that all of us (outside of the most "saintly" of us and they are merely in denial) have referred to someone or something as fat.
Okay, I said it. I said the "F" word. So sue me. I don't toss this word around "lightly" (excuse the pun!), but the "F" word is used far to often these days, don't you think?
You hear it in casual conversation, "fat chance, fat head." You hear it in discussions about other people, "Did you see how fat Karin is getting?" We all use the word. Get over it.
Those who deny it are only fooling themselves. And don't think just because you use a synonym of the "F" word that you are not using it—you are!
We have long treated the word fat like it is one of those forbidden curse words. We snicker behind our hands at the fat person waddling across the street or we call our children chunky monkeys. However we are using it, we seldom, if ever, (unless we are the "B" word) call someone "fat" to their face.
That is probably a really good thing. Fat shaming does not help the majority of overweight people to lose even a single ounce, so calling someone fat to their face would really not be the optimum response to seeing someone who is overweight. Trust me, if the person is overweight, they know it and probably beat themselves up with the "F" word all the time.
I know that I used to do that...
Anyway, that ws my idea for Chapter 1. It's a bit long for a blog or Facebook post, so I will just leave it where it is for now. If you would like to read more, let me know and I'll write some more of Chapter 1. Or, you can always wait until it comes out in paperback!
Until the next time, be good to yourselves and others. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!