I still find it hard to believe that people think of me as "slim". I know I'm not fat anymore but somehow, hearing names like "Hey Slim", or "wow, you're skinny", I think to myself, they can't be talking about me!
It's hard to get used to it. Most people were kind over the years and never really came right out and said I was fat back when I was obese. There were different things I would hear like "you're a big guy, you're gonna need a car with more room" (car salesman) or "Are you sure you're not diabetic?" (eye doctor).
I also hated going to the beach fat. I know fat guys go to the beach all the time and have no problems taking off their shirts to show off their big bellies. But I always found my belly to be embarrassing, so I avoided going to the beach because of this. I mean it's not exactly what women would want to look at!
Anyway, now when I hear comments about how slim I am, I think to myself, just how fat was I? Somehow in my mind, I wasn't as fat as others saw me, despite being a 44 waist (I'm now size 36). When I look at pictures, it's hard for me to imagine that I ever looked that fat.
It takes time to get used to but the importnt thing about losing the weight was that I have avoided diabetes, hypertension and other obesity related illnesses, and hopefully I continue to do so. That was the reason for the weight loss in the first place, to be healthy and not have to take meds!