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I saw a woman that made my jaw drop!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We had another in-service day today. When I walked into the lobby of the school, I saw a faculty member I hadn't seen for a while and my jaw dropped. She looks absolutely HORRIBLE. She is rail thin (my guess anorexic) and has taken to visiting the tanning bed. And if that isn't enough--she has highlighted her hair with huge chunks of blond. This once lovely woman has turned herself into a garish and frightful scarecrow...an unhealthy garish scarecrow.

I couldn't help wondering "what did she see in the mirror before she lost weight?" and "what does she see now?" Because clearly, we don't see the same things. I saw a woman that was slim, well-dressed, successful, attractive and now I see someone who is heartbreakingly horrendous.

A woman that is obese knows she is obese. She looks in the mirror and abhors what she sees but cannot stop the abuse she inflicts on herself by overeating.
This eating disorder--this anorexia-- is harder to understand. Why would someone who was attractive deliberately do things that only they thought enhanced their appearance--in such a self-destructive manner?

It's like, in her mind, she thought tan, thin and blond was beautiful...so that is what she has become---to the strongest degree possible.

Healthy living is finding the balance--not too this...not too that...it is just right. This means reaching a healthy goal and maintaining. Not obsessing or continuing to drop once you have reached your goal weight...but being realistic in your expectations!

When we went out for lunch, I didn't go off the deep-end...but I did eat those few chips they put on my plate!!!
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  • VAMACKGIRL
    I think RENA1965 is extremely rude for assuming you labeled anyone. We are not here for that RENA, we are here for support!
    If you want to make assumptions or complain, you need to do it somewhere else. Who are YOU to judge anyone? I think you owe someone an apology.

    And no, it isn't me.

    Janet
    4257 days ago
  • RENA1965
    I work with people whom seem anorexic but are recovering from cancer and other illnesses.. Labeling people can sometimes be embrassing. Did you walk up to her and ask how she was doing or did you just steer at her and put a label on the women??
    4259 days ago
  • PHONEBUG
    That is so sad. I hope she realizes what is happening and gets help. My mom had battled anorexia her whole life, well as far as she can remember.
    4259 days ago
  • DRAGONFLYSPIRIT
    It is so sad when people take things to an extreme, especially when it endangers their health. Moderation can seem boring, but at least we are healthy in our lifestyle changes. I really hope that somehow she gets on the right track and becomes healthy before she does irreparable damage.
    4259 days ago
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