Pow! Statement #1

Pow! Statement #1 – Video Transcript

Hi everybody welcome to Navigating Weight Loss my name is Regina. Today we’re going to do our first Pow! Statement. What’s a Pow! Statement? It stands for Pearls of Wisdom. These seemingly small statements that end up packing an emotional punch.

The first one I want to share with you is one that I saw on Facebook a couple of years ago and when I first read it I remember chuckling and then crying. This is what is said: You are not fat, you have fat. You also have finger nails; you are not finger nails. And I remember chuckling and then I felt the color drain from my face because the gravity of the statement caught me off guard because for the first time in my entire life I recognized my weight outside of my person.

I’d been overweight since I was 12 years old. Super morbidly obese for most of my life so for 30 years I had the broken record playing in my head that I am fat. I am fat. But fat was something that I had it certainly wasn’t who I was. Yet, that was the very definition I told myself. And it was reinforced by 99 percent of the magazines that you read things you see on TV. Everything had that two facts together where my personhood and my weight were one. When honestly they were separate all along.

That ended up opening a true pivotal turning point for me. Because as I started to lose weight I started to notice something very different and then I started to hear other people say it so I knew it wasn’t unique to me and that was when you start to lose weight you tend to not know where you fit. Hear me out. Most of my life I was 99 out of 100 percent of the time the largest person in a room. I knew to expect that it was the reality of me. And when I started to lose weight and I was no longer the largest person in the room it made me almost uncomfortable because we become very comfortable in our places even if those places aren’t the best for us. It’s the thing that we know. So, when I was able to recall back on remembering that my weight is not my person, it is not who I am it did change the view of myself and it helped me turn off that replaying record in my head that I kept drilling into myself who I thought I was. And I’m not that at all and neither are you! Thanks so much! Bye!

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

One thought on “Pow! Statement #1”

  1. “You are not fat.. you have fat” is SUCH a powerful statement, you’re right and it’s hard to believe when you believe you are /know you are/ have been told you are/the scale says you are fat! But you’re right, too, that you have to shift your thinking from ‘I am fat (and therefore a failure, awful, undeserving of love or compassion)’ to ‘My body is carrying extra fat (and therefore I need to change my behaviors to make my body healthier, stronger) .

    Interestingly, recently, as I’ve lost weight I’m now dealing with the opposite: I am not thin.. my body is thinner. Who I am hasn’t changed drastically – there have been shifts in thinking and behaving, but who I am fundamentally is the same… but I’m thin now. People see me as better, worse, b*itchy, picky, etc rather than all the adjectives they used when I was overweight.

    All that to say – I agree it’s important to see that YOU are not your body. 🙂

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