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!!!