Three Misconceptions About My Former Obesity

Assumptions Can Result in Misconceptions

For many of my former obese years, people had formulated misconceptions or warped views about my obesity. I was thinking about how often people assumed things about my obesity, yet never actually took the time to ask me anything. I have chosen three misconceptions to share with you, the reader. These are not exhaustive and I am sure there is a lot more that could be talked about.

MISCONCEPTION 1:  He Must Eat Everything

I can only speak for myself when I say “Heck no!” I was a very picky eater. I liked fast food, sodas, pizza, tacos, burgers, and fries, etc. The true is I liked a lot of foods, but I was also picky. I didn’t want to try new things. I liked what I liked and I had a very hard time being open to new foods. Now when it came to veggies, I use to joke and say my little red, orange, yellow, and green guys have been dead for years, and there are not going to be resurrected. When it came to certain foods, I wanted a BIG portion of them; I didn’t want the standard serving size. Everything was Super sized in my life, but I definitely did not eat everything.

MISCONCEPTION 2: He Must Be Lazy

Except for exercise and outdoor activities that required energy, I have never been a lazy person. I am an artist, a musician, and a minister. I have creativity and innovation flowing through my system like a well oiled machine. I have always been a hard worker mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Physically, however, that was an entirely different animal all together for me. I never have liked physical activity like bike riding, working out, or everyday outdoor activities.  Even when it came to the famous “Honey Do List.” It was a chore and was like pulling teeth because I despised having to exert my physical energy.

MISCONCEPTION 3: He Must Be Anti-Social

Nope Never!  I am an extrovert and I love people. I am a people person and very comfortable being in a crowd of people. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a time of being self conscience, where I would notice people staring at my obesity. They even gave me a look up and down with their eyes.  Often I would just shrug this off and say,” Oh well.” I have never suffered from low self-esteem or have been concerned with what others have thought about me. I know who I am and that’s all that mattered, but there were times when it would hit me square in my heart and it would affect me.

 My former obesity has caused many eyebrows to lift and created daunting questions or thoughts on people’s minds.  I just wanted to share from my heart about a few of the misconceptions that people have had about me. My challenge to you is to reflect on the misconceptions people have made about you and your obesity. I encourage you to write them in a notebook and pray about them.  Keep Moving Forward on the journey and let God deal with any heart attitudes or mindsets (stinking thinking) you may have concerning yourself, let alone what others might have thought about you.  It’s good to know where you have been, but it’s GREATER to know where you’re heading.

“For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11