Wright Words: I’m not dying — I’m just skinny

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  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    July 3, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    I don't want to rain on your parade, or throw Pop Rocks at your Gummy Bears, but may I inject a little word here? First, both losing weight and being inexplicably bigger than one "ought" to be per one's personal history can both be a cause for alarm--although for you, it was your friends in Chocolateland (still a place I like). For me, however, the weight loss following an ankle break in five places and three months off my feet wasn't the small meals I planned, nor was the six-months-alog-size bump in my tummy. It was colon cancer. The operation on my mother's 89th birthday did its job, no chemo required, and the joke I tell is, I couldn't be rude and not survive, given the day...what kind of daughter does THAT??? When people tell me how "skinny" I look (a compliment most women love), I tell them thanks, but don't try my diet. No one wants to. So for anyone not taking seriously such changes, especially if family history suggests checking into something else, it's worth a medical check. Thanks. And get your colon cancer screenings.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    July 2, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    Do you even lift?

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    July 2, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Interesting. As I read your account, I assumed that what had annoyed you was people (i.e. your mother) repeatedly pestering you about it. I didn't get the sense that being asked the first time by anybody annoyed you.
    What I find fascinating is that you are now at a normal, healthy weight but that our society has become so accustomed to obesity that so many think normal and healthy looks sickly.
    Good luck keeping those pounds off. I've found that losing weight is easy, but holding steady at a weight of about 25 lbs. more than I was for most of my adult life is very difficult (I was too skinny). Because of the very thing you experienced, I haven't dared to try and see how low my weight would go if I stuck with my weight losing routine. I suspect that if my target was the 155 lbs I was from age 17 to 43 it would be easy to hold. It is just that my body doesn't seem to want to be a healthy 180 lbs.