I Am Losing Weight For ME
Health and Wellness

I Am Losing Weight For ME

I am not trying to show off, I am just happy.

Brittany Sims

I went on a diet in the beginning of the summer, and I have lost 10 pounds so far. Although most people want to lose weight to look good for others and to impress them, I am doing it for me.

Yes, of course, it’s nice to hear compliments like “You look great” and “Oh did you lose weight?” but sometimes those compliments hurt. Did I not look good before hand? Why do you even care? Do you only care because I am getting skinnier?

Those comments are nice, but it makes you wonder what others think of you because of your weight.

I decided to go on a diet for a few reasons, and they were all for me.

The first is mainly for health. I don’t have the healthiest genes, and I want to live a full healthy life where I get to live to see my grandkids get married. I don’t want to have health problems and have to worry about being sick.

I’m also tired of buying bigger clothes. Did you know that some stores charge more money (minimum $2.00) for plus size clothing? So because someone is an extra large, they are only using a little bit more material than someone who is a large. Why should I have to pay extra?

Also, none of the cute clothes are in my size. I will fall in love with a dress, or a shirt, or jeans, and the sizes only go up to a medium, or a 10. It really discourages me because just because I’m plus size doesn’t mean I can’t have fashion sense.

Since I have started working out and eating better, I have felt better. Sure, the first couple days were rough. My stomach was growling and I really wanted pizza, but once I saw the pounds come off and my clothes fit me better, I didn’t want to stop.

Working out makes me feel like I have accomplished something, and those endorphins really put me in a better mood. (Plus, then I don’t feel so bad having a snack because I worked off the extra carbs.)

I started to get motivated after my ankle healed. In the beginning, of the year, I broke my ankle and I was sedentary and non mobile for weeks. I was itching to just get up and walk around my house. Once I was healed and cleared by the doctor, it felt great to be able to walk again.

My gym membership was never used as much as it is now. I have lived for the past couple of months by the quote, “Your setback is a platform for your comeback.” Losing weight after my injury and continuing to do so, has motivated me to put my mind to anything. (Although, I won’t go ice skating again.)

So if you see me, it is nice to be complimented, but just know I’m not doing it for the nice remarks, I am doing it for me and because I want to. Instead ask me how life is or tell me you like my shirt. Leave my weight out of it and just appreciate me for me, and know that I am happy.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

This Survey Shows How Quarantine And Drinking Relate, And I Can't Say I'm Surprised

"5 o'clock somewhere" is more of a guideline now than ever.

As it stands, and my friends and I are finally 21. We're extremely excited to be able to go out to bars and "get lit" as the kids say, but due to the pandemic, all of our plans have been put on hold. We'd rather wait and go when it's safe than risk spreading the infection and hurting our loved ones. So, we've all been quarantining apart, getting on the occasional wine zoom call. This made me wonder if anyone else our age were doing the same thing.

Then, I discovered this survey: We Surveyed Millennials And Gen Z About Their Quarantine Drinking Habits — Cheers. Here are 3 things that I discovered through the survey results.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Easy Summer Mocktail Recipes You Can Make With Items You Probably Already Have On-Hand

Keep these drinks in mind next time you're visiting your local farmer's market — you might want to grab some extra mint and limes.

With Summer 2020 in full swing comes the addition of many fresh fruits and vegetables to brighten up your dinner plate, but also your glass! Farmers markets are my personal favorite place to look for produce that is in season to make fun mocktails with.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Ways To Celebrate The 4th of July — Without Fireworks Or Social Gatherings

We created a list of things to do since social distancing may create a dent in our typical, planned traditions.

With the Fourth of July on Saturday, the usual tradition of popping fireworks, grilling out, and being surrounded by family has been modified due to the pandemic. Whether you're a loner or surrounded by family, there will most likely be some changes to your celebrations.

For weeks on social media, people across the country have been complaining that they have been subjected to fireworks going off at all times of the night into the early morning. This has sparked concern and questions about why this is happening and how are people even obtaining the fireworks.

Keep Reading... Show less

Carb And Cheese Lovers, Unite — These Are The Best Mac And Cheese Recipes On The Internet

Whether you need to get through the current pandemic or want to spice up your Fourth of July celebrations, these mac and cheese recipes will do just that.


My favorite food is mac and cheese, and it always has been. All it requires is noodles and cheese — it's so simple to make. Although it's my favorite, it can also get kind of mundane because it's such a simple recipe. This, of course, has led to many people all over the world experimenting with the American staple.

With our lives currently being turned upside down due to the pandemic, a lot of people are seeking comfort. These are scary times, and in order to make it day-to-day, we need to have our favorite foods as a standby. These recipes can also be used during your celebration of the Fourth of July.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

17 Things To Make You Feel GOOD This Week

Because some purchases are just necessary.

Y'all, we're struggling. You don't even have to tell me, I know. What a mess we're all in, right? This year is not going how we planned and the world has turned into one giant struggle bus. I guess you could be super philosophical about everything happening for a reason, but sometimes life is just hard.

There are plenty of ways to bring yourself out of whatever rut you're in. You could go for a run, have a snack, or read a book. Or, if you're really looking for an adrenaline rush, go shopping. This is obviously not going to solve the world's problems with one swift click of the "checkout" button, but hey, it may just give you the little boost you need today.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Wore A Butt Mask Every Day For A Month, And It's Officially Essential In My Daily Self-Love Routine Now

Thirty days later, my booty's as smooth as a baby's.

- Blissfully unaware that butt-care beyond squats was even something I should be considering in my self-care routine, I tried one of Bawdy Beauty's butt masks for the first time a month ago.

- I've never really given my butt a second though till I took a look at improvements that could be made with the mask — if one of the hydrating, firming, detoxifying, or brightening masks in the kit I received could either smooth out cellulite or tone my skin a bit more, I wasn't going to complain.

- Each Bawdy Beauty sheet mask comes in an individually-packaged sheet, soaked with a serum I massaged into my skin after removing said sheet. The clay butt mask comes in a convenient stick format I simply draw on to my skin and leave to set for about 10 minutes before hopping into the shower.

- I set a goal of committing myself to butt-care every day for one month. Between the regular use of sheet masks, clay masks, and their CBD Butt Balm in between, I didn't have many expectations.

- I thought the whole concept may just be a gimmick, but my butt has never looked so toned in my life, and the cellulite I had is almost completely gone. I wear one every single day when I get the chance.

I'm incredibly skeptical when it comes to marketing ploys and gimmicks in the beauty world. I'll be the first cynic to try out the latest serum on the market every influencer is raving about just to negate every grandiose claim it makes.

Keep Reading... Show less

Friends, you don't have to be quarantined to use a personal massager, you know? Because, sure, quarantine made for a lot of extra quality time with yourself, but no matter what phase of the reopening process you're in, it's normal and actually healthy to take care of your sexual needs on your own.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Books I Didn't Realize Are About Gay Women

If you read primarily LGBTQ fiction, then this list might help to expand your TBR list.

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Frequent readers of LGBTQ fiction might feel like they're reading the same book over and over again, with few exceptions.

Most of these books were on my TBR list for months and I didn't realize they were about gay women until I was reading them, hopefully, this list of books can interest you in expanding your reading material and seeking out different stories.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments