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Flirty by Thirty – What does it mean? (written December 17, 2012)
I recently attended a “Flirty Thirty” surprise birthday party for a friend. The concept of the party was to send the birthday girl into her thirties with lots of “flirty” lingerie, so we were all supposed to buy her a little something as our gift. Each time she reached into a bag to pull out yet another cute, sexy, or downright raunchy piece of lingerie I found myself longing for a day when I would be able to wear something like it.
A little background…. I’m 27 years old and I’m what you would call super, extremely, severely, morbidly obese. Ugh, I know. It’s definitely not something I’m going to have printed on a business card, that’s for sure. I’m not proud of it… I don’t like it…. I don’t “embrace” it and yes, yes, YES, I know how dangerous it is for my health. I’ve struggled with food and my weight for my entire life. I was a chubby kid and harassed by many kids from kindergarten through junior high. Then, a great thing happened, I found sports! I was very active during my high school years playing a sport during the fall, winter, and summer seasons. In my senior year of high school, I lost about 35-40 pounds and was FINALLY at what you would call a “normal” weight.
Then, it happened. COLLEGE. Oh, where do I begin? I don’t come from a family with money and I attended a University that was very expensive. During my college years, I’m proud to say that I managed to carry a full course-load and almost a full time job working 30-35 hours per week. I’m proud of it, but it really did take it’s toll on my health. Between the stress I was feeling because of classes, constantly being sick, never getting sleep, and the VERY VERY poor eating habits that I developed, I managed to pack on quite a bit of weight.
So, then I graduate. Great! You’d think I would get my act together. Not so much. These bad habits that I spent four years perfecting just continued and continued. The more weight I put on, the more upset it made me, and the more I ate. A person that might read this that has never had a problem with food before would say “that doesn’t make sense… the food is making you unhappy, so stop eating.” Sounds so simple. Unfortunately, I found myself further and further away from a normal weight which made it much harder to get started.
Making an Important Change
In November 2012, I decided to take control of my life. I started seeing doctors, having tests, going to consultations. It’s a small miracle that I have not been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. In fact, every test and blood pressure reading has come out perfect. I knew this was a sign that I had to turn things around – AND FAST! During a consultation with a weight management physician, the topic of weight loss surgery was recommended to me. At first, I was scared and hesitant, but the more I researched the topic, the more I knew it was the right thing for me to do for the long-term.
Mission “Flirty by Thirty” is a go!