Do You Remember Being Obese?
My wife and I were cuddling and watching television a few nights ago and she was complimenting me on how skinny I looked. She started reminiscing on the days when I used to be morbidly obese and the “experiences” we were subjected to on a regular basis because of my weight.
I told her I didn’t remember too much from my days of obesity, as if my brain had blocked it out of my memory to protect me. My wife seemed offended by this, perhaps thinking how I didn’t appreciate how much things had changed.
She posed a series of questions to me to help me remember:
Do you remember what it was like to have to sit in a booth at a restaurant because you were too self-conscious to sit at an open table?
Do you remember having to sit at a table because the booth was too small?
Do you remember having to wedge yourself into a movie theater seat?
Do you remember at the concert last Christmas not being able to fit into the seats at all? Your stomach was hanging over both armrests.
Do you remember having to drive to specialty stores to buy your clothes?
Do you remember White Water and having to keep your shirt on?
Do you remember having to wear shorts to go swimming because we couldn’t find any bathing suits your size?
Do you remember when you stopped breathing in your sleep (apnea)?
These questions quickly helped me remember what it was like living with obesity. They made me remember why short-term pain and long-term gain is a good choice to make. They made me realize why I choose fruits and vegetables over a bag of grease and why I go to the gym almost every night.
They made remember what it was like to die a little every day.