People ask if I was nervous to give my TEDx talk. I answered “no.” Which I suppose was only partially true. I wasn’t worried about speaking in front of people. I wasn’t worried about my message. I was worried as hell, about my ridiculous weight gain over the past five years.
I have always struggled with dysmorphia. Wikipedia says this about it; “Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder characterized by an obsessive preoccupation that some aspect of one’s own appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it. In BDD’s delusional variant, the flaw is imagined. If the flaw is actual, its importance is severely exaggerated. Either way, one’s thoughts about it are pervasive and intrusive, occupying up to several hours a day.”
I don’t believe this to be a mental disorder, of my own accord.
Even when I was a strong and muscular child, I endured the taunting of “being fat and ugly.” I was taller than many of my peers, and larger in body structure. I was healthy, I was some what athletic as a swimmer.
I use to wear a one piece racing suit, almost everyday as a life guard. I still felt fat. Clothed or not, I was constantly comparing myself to the females around me. Even then, I didn’t see myself as I actually was. It wasn’t until decades later, through photographs, that I realize I was spinning with worry over nothing real. But those words from others, seemed real.
There was nothing wrong with me. But now, when I compare myself to that person… I feel, “I have let myself go.” I feel gross, yet I no longer have people telling me I am fat. When I see pictures of my current self, it’s all I see. I have conditioned myself to fixate on that one thing.
When my talk goes live, online… I put myself out there to the wolves in the comment section. I put myself out there for friends to critique my physic, whether vocally or mentally; and that scares me shitless.
When I had a youtube channel, I looked hot. I got off on seeing how my farm living lifestyle changed my body for the better. I was far more confident showing it off. I don’t look like the same person today.
That is what scares me, most of all. That my message will get lost in my layers of fat. That I will re-attract those people who live off of taunting others for fun. That some random people I don’t even know are going to cruelly judge me.
Despite my self knowing, that this sedentary lifestyle is temporary. Fat doesn’t have to be forever… at the moment, it’s hard to face myself in the mirror. Despite all that I have triumphed, my own body is no longer on that list. It’s scary to know I have so much work ahead of myself. And I admit, it is SO hard to do alone. I want someone to hold my hand through it, every step of the way, because I have a really hard time self motivating out of the dysmorphic mind set.
I just want to get to a point where I spend less time obsessing about this meat suit. I know that my body doesn’t represent the totality of who I am, or what I have to offer. I believe if I could just stop worrying about it, that I could retrieve some of my lost energy and vitality.
I want to be adopted by someone who already has a solid routine that they can pull me into, because I admit to having a hard time doing that for myself, and in my current situation that aspect of change doesn’t have many support systems.
Sometimes, I think, after my grandma passes, that I am going to have to fully immerse myself again in a lifestyle that requires a lot of physical movement, because that is what works for me. I don’t enjoy conventional gyms… I would rather be hiking or throwing sheep, then standing in a stuffy gym full of mirrors, or waiting for a moment to do exercises prescribed by a youtube exercise guru. It just doesn’t hold my interest.
I like exercise, that masquerades as “work” and “function.” I get shit done, and burn some lbs. I wear myself out, I sleep better. My tendency toward fresh foods becomes more noticeable. People spend money, going to gyms; when just living an active lifestyle can give you similar results. If your job is active, you actually get paid to help your own physic; which is awesome.
If there is one thing that I could manifest soon, it is some how some way, to get babied to some degree, into weight loss. To be assisted in keeping up the motivation. It is so much easier to agree to drinking beer, then it is to set up a schedule of walking partners…