He Called Me A "Skinny-Fatboy," My Friend "266," and Speaking In Tulsa
I really need to either get back to daily posting—or start taking notes throughout the day. I'm sitting here, trying to recall Thursday and all I can remember is one experience that really wasn't that pleasant. OK—so, what happened? Give me a second...
I'm broadcasting from the 51st Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo Thursday through Saturday. I was really feeling good out there Thursday night. Sure, it was 100 degrees, but I can handle the heat so much better as a normal sized man. I can move around that arena without any problems whatsoever...moving and grooving, feeling amazing, and then somebody says something—and what they said consumed me the rest of the night.
What was said, came from a listener who was trying to compliment me: “Well, there's the skinny-fat boy.” The “skinny fat boy?” It didn't hurt my feelings really, I mean seriously—I have thicker skin than that---but he struck a deeper nerve with the word combination he chose. He had no idea that I would spend the next two hours thinking about how I look normal in so many ways and still feel fat in so many others. I've learned that the brain really needs extra time to catch up with the body—and little remarks like this, although not intended to be anything deeper by the guy who said it, do not help that cause. OK—You know what? I've spent way too much time dwelling on this nonsense. This guy knows nothing of this blog, this transformation, anything. All he knows is, here's Sean—the radio guy---who was once over 500 pounds, and now he's looking “skinny.” This guy was complimenting me. Really—his “skinny-fatboy” was his version of “you're looking great man.” OK—I'm better now.
Every now and then, a blog post from someone just blows me away. A blogger by the name of “266” has done this to me on several occasions. Her writing along this road has sometimes hit me square between the eyes, so much—that I've written about it before. This isn't the first time she's left me with feel good tears streaming down my cheeks. She's lost over 100 pounds and recently posted a video slide show on her blog that takes you from her heaviest to the most current pictures. The music selection, the transitions, the amazing transformation, the happiness on her face---I feel that too!! She's put together a masterpiece---and I had to share it with you. Please, drop what you're doing and take four minutes to watch her video slide show. You want to be inspired? You love before and current transformation pictures? Yeah?---Then check out my friend 266: http://266-twosixtysix.blogspot.com/2010/08/anniversary-presentation.html
I love featuring new bloggers too. This blog has helped me in so many ways—and it thrills me when someone else discovers the amazing benefits of writing along this road. I recently asked for blog links—and I've received several!
Dr. Fat to Fit is a family physician and new weight loss blogger, she writes:
I’m new to blogging and I’m yet another in a long line of people inspired by you and so many others. I’ve enjoyed blogging so much more than I ever thought I would. www.drfattyfindsfitness.blogspot.com Thank you for all your inspiring posts. Keep on writing and I look forward to those possible podcasts. How cool!
Jay has lost over 80 pounds and is new to the weight loss blogging community:
I would love to share my story with other people that are in the same situation that I have been in. That is the reason that I have started blogging. My blog is: www.jaypatelweightloss.blogspot.com. I know that if I could just make a difference of one person it would be so worthwhile. I know that if I had a role model like myself I would be more encouraged. Once again, thanks for listening to my story and hopefully you will enjoy my blog and share it with your friends. I have actually been following your blog(its on my "blogs I follow") while I have been on this journey. I love to read it daily.. Once again. Thanks..
Shrinking Goddess writes:
Just thought I’d drop you a quick line...I’ve been blogging myself now since January this year. During the initial few months I subscribed to a number of blogs, including your own. Fast forward to now...I find myself regularly reading ONLY a handful of them, including your own. Why? Because, in my humble opinion, only a few people actually work on their head space. And that is where I finally am now. I have done this weight-loss thing numerous times and have had various levels of success for varying degrees of time. BUT it was never sustainable because the underlying issues still remained. Having used every therapy known to man to identify some of my issues, it is only this time since I’ve been writing, that I feel that I am finally conquering my issues and me. I finally see that the weight-loss will be the icing on the cake and that the REAL reward will be truly accepting and loving me and my past and who I am, deep inside. As of yesterday, I have lost 15.5kg (34.26lbs) which is exactly 10% of my original body weight. I have a long way to go yet have already learnt so much about me and know that this time it’s for real and forever!!
Thank you for your continued inspiration.
Hi Sean. Just came across your blog and all I can say is WOW! Your journey so far is just so inspiring. After dieting for 35 years and hitting my all time high of 280 lbs, I have spent the last year and a half dealing with the reasons I overeat..... I am finally ready to really start working on the outside and lose the remainder of this weight (40 lbs gone so far). I have quit smoking, been working with a personal trainer at the gym and in the last year have run a 5k, climbed 1,779 stairs for a fundraiser (the CN Tower in Toronto ), and recently completed my first try a tri (mini triathlon). I have now found a new love of boxing and Muay Thai and working towards stepping into a boxing ring for a fight before the end of the year(even writing this still sounds a bit foreign to me). Keep in mind I am 44 yrs old and currently weight 240lbs. I gain much of my inspiration from others blogs, like yours, so if I can inspire you or any of your readers, please add me to your list. I look forward to following your journey, you truly are amazing and I wish you well. Regards, Sharon http://journeytofindtherealme.blogspot.com
I hope you have the time to check out these amazing people! If you would like your blog featured, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “blog” in the subject line. Thank you my friend!
Friday night I have a date with Kenz! We're going out to an exclusive restaurant after my rodeo broadcast. I'll write more about that and Friday on my next post!
My next speaking engagement is scheduled for Tuesday the 17th in Tulsa at the Broken Arrow Business Womens Luncheon. It's open to the public! So, if you're anywhere close to Tulsa---Come on! I would love to meet you in person! Kenz will be there too, and I know she feels the same! You must RSVP at www.babwa.org Click on the “next meeting” tab at the top—then follow the directions to RSVP. The cost is $15 at the door. The event starts at 11:30am. Shane G, man—you coming from NW Arkansas? If you can't—I totally understand---But I would love to meet you! Someday we will, I'm sure.
Thank you for reading. Goodnight and...
Not sure if I like me in this photo. Makes me look older, I think. Hmmmm...Drinking water after doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.