4.11.2007

#61 - Back fat!

OK, I've come to terms with my fat stomach; I've even accepted my big butt and thighs. But come on, why must I have back fat? You know what I mean, those nice little rolls of flubber on each side of your back. The fat that makes your bras look so attractive, by giving you that obvious horizontal back fat roll. I don't care how hard you look to find a bra that fits well, with back fat it always looks bad. I think some people call them love handles (although maybe that's the rolls by your hips - I'm not sure), but what's to love about them? Mmm, I love that I have so much excess fat that I've sprouted fat wings. Yeah, right! I think men are luckier in regards to back fat. Porty men seem to gain weight mainly in their guts (at least at first), but how many men have you seen with back fat? Though maybe it's because of bras that it's so noticeable in women, I don't know. But I guess I should be thankful for the body I have. Who knows, maybe my back fat will save me someday by serving as an emergency life preserver if I should ever fall off a boat or something. And when did I acquire said back fat? I really don't remember when my back got so fat. Though I guess we don't spend a lot of time admiring our backs in the mirror, so I suppose it's easy to miss any changes. But as a thin person I never really thought back fat was in the grand scheme of things. Damn, I really hate being fat!

So I've been successfully chipping away at my mountain of fat to lose one pound at a time. My foray into weight loss seems so different this time. I'm not following some rigid plan, or taking pills, or having surgery, or anything. I just decided it was time to eat less and move more. So simple, but in the past so hard. What changed this time around? I guess it's my whole outlook. Writing this blog has really made me deal with issues I never thought of. Things that were holding me back from losing weight in the past. Don't get me wrong, weight loss is still really hard. It's not like the weight is flying off of me (or my back). I'm losing at a REALLY slow pace this time - only about 1/2 to 1 pound a week, but I'm very happy with the progress. It's not a get-thin-quick plan, which always seems to fail in the end. I mean, who can subsist on a liquid diet the rest of their lives? I'm just making really simple changes that I can easily stick with for life. One really simple thing - eat at least one fruit and veggie a day. I know, it doesn't sound like much, but when you've had a lifetime of pretty much only eating carbs - it's a start. And I'm trying to add exercise into my daily life by doing a little yoga or a few pushups or situps or something, anything to move more than I have in the past. All of these little things do add up. I've managed to lose 33 pounds in a little over six months. I know it's slow, but it's sustainable, which I think is MUCH more important. I don't care if I can lose 100 pounds if I can't maintain it. I guess this time I'm not focusing on the goal, rather I'm focusing on the journey. I know that if I stick to my current path, I will get to my goal in the end. So why worry about some elusive goal weight now? It seems premature. I'll just worry about eating less and moving more and melting away a pound here and a pound there. Then, someday, I won't have to worry about stomach rolls or a bubble butt or even back fat anymore!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

UGH. I hate that, too. I hate looking over my shoulder in mirrors to find that. I'm looking forward to losing my "wings"

Spunk at TNA/FictionScribe

BigGuns said...

Stupid back fat. I call 'em my "back boobs" because they start right along the side of my actual boobs and continue around the back. Sigh. They're gettin' smaller though!

Congrats on your slow-steady-sustainable plan! That's really the only way to go if you want to keep the weight off and make the changes permanent. Sometimes it's discouraging (for me anyways) to crunch the numbers and realize that losing x-number of pounds per week/month/whatever means it's going to take months and months and maybe years to lose all that I want, but it's still really the only sane and safe way to go. It helps a little to know that "they" (that would be fitness/fat loss professionals) say that losing .5-1.5 pounds per week is the "sweet spot," and if you're doing that you're doing awesome.

So, woohoo for you! You're awesome!

jodi said...

the first time i ever heard the term 'back fat', my friend was talking about her husband... i guess i never paid attention to my back but i have since then and know its a sure sign of when i've gained weight... :o(

i love your attitude! i blogged yesterday about diets/plans and if they work, should they be considered bad for you? i think whatever someone choses to do, is totally up to them because they will know what works and what doesn't...

and i'm totally with you on the slow and steady progress - so many people want to lose weight quick and get discouraged when they hit a bump in the road... life has bumps and so will trying to lose weight, and that's sometime i accepted a long time ago... :o)

Kat E said...

Congrats on the 33 pounds--you should really be proud. sounds like you've developed the perfect attitude...I'm trying to get there too...not trying to change everything at once but just gradually incorporating all those little things I know are good for me.

And back fat..ugh! I hate it even more than cellulite. And I really hate cellulite--a lot!

honib1 said...

You are doing great.. a step at a time is the best way to go.. When you live what you want to be.. HEALTHY.. living as a healthy person.. all things change.. Your weight is coming off at a good pace.. You are getting healthy and strong.. and NO one OR Nothing will turn that away from you. So thats so good.. Back fat .. I can relate to that.. the only thing I know that helps while we lose weight is to make sure you buy a bra that is actually the right size for your bod.. Get measured by someone that measures for bras.. go to a nice department store and invest in a good bra.. A good underwire.. with wider panels on the side usually helps control the BACK FAT... thats what I do.. Good luck!!

I'm so done being fat said...

hi! Keep up the good work. I have been reading your blog for awhile now and it even inspired me to start one of my own. You can do it! Never forget that!

Token Fat Girl said...

agh! the back fat...when i was in college there was actually a local band called back fat, can you believe it? Ive always been paranoid about it and the bra thing...you would think placed like lane bryant or avenue would realize that the back of the bra rides up over the back fat, but no...are there fat women without back fat? sooo, ive been wearing a strapless bra for two years that sits somewhat nicely over the back fat. It hasnt been until my recent loss that I started wearing bras with straps again...
thanks for your honest blog and kudos for slow weight loss

Anonymous said...

Honib1 is right. A properly fitting bra will won't make back fat go away, but will make it much less noticable.

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Fat Girl said...

I love this site! I appreciate your humor on such things as fat, and all the crapola that goes along with it. I applaud your efforts. Keep up the good work both on your blog and on your weight loss!

Judi Finneran said...

We are on the same path...Slow and sustainable. Eating less and moving more ...slow and steady wins the race. I love your concept of 101 reasons...

Cheers,

Judi

Stacie said...

I can understand your frustration. I'm trying to get rid of cellulite myself. I read that there is a link between coffee and cellulite. Anyone else know much about this?

Montana Evans said...

Ugh! I hate my back fat! Its just so disgusting to me! I always check in the mirror, "how bad does it look today? Should I change my shirt?" Ewww. I just hate it. I wonder the things I would do to make it go away D: