It's ok for me to say that, because.. I am. I'm fat. I'm obese. I'm not making a harsh judgement call on myself. It's simply the way I am - at this point in time.
My BMI is 34.8. That's Obese. That's also MUCH better than 42.2, which is what it was when I started this journey.
I embrace that success!
I weigh 235.2 (as of this morning, yay!). That's a huge improvement over 285, my weight when I started.
I have 33 more pounds to lose to be only Overweight. I'm excited to reach that milestone! That'll be a BMI of 29.9.
So, why all these declarative statements? I recently joined the Slow Fat Runners team here on SP. A couple of very dear friends worried about my being part of such a group, or at least, a group with that kind of name. I reassured them briefly via a quick message that it was ok to be a part of this team, that it was not a negative in any way. I'm expounding further here.
I am slow. I am fat. I am a runner. The team title just lays it all out without apology or sugar-coating.
Slow Fat Runners
Even overweight folks can run or walk a 5K to a marathon with pride in their accomplishment and fitness. This team is for us slow, fat athletes for whom winning means finishing the race.
I think that's totally awesome, and I'm slowly investigating the team, the posts, the members, getting a feel for things.
I'm never going to be an ultra-runner. I'm never going to win medals or finish in a top spot in any of the races that I participate in. I'm never going to be svelte or gazelle-like.
I AM going to run. I AM going to participate in and enjoy races. I AM going to continue becoming more healthy, more fit, less fat, less slow.
I'm fat. Yea, so? I am a whole lot more than that. One little three-letter word doesn't define me, stop me, or scare me.
Thank you both for your concern. I DO appreciate it, and love you all the more for it!