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I Feel Fat

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Lisa

    OMG, such a great post! I struggle with this EVERY DAY. I love the “what am I REALLY feeling” question, I’m adopting that immediately!

    You are right about wearing clothes that fit properly too. If I’m slopping around in sweatpants and one of my husbands huge t-shirts… well, I feel sloppy and huge.

    Losing weight can be such a struggle, but if your mind is in the right place, it’s easier to focus on the end goal.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you for the comment, Lisa. I like how you said “if your mind is in the right place, it’s easier to focus on the end goal.” It’s so so true.

  2. Sara

    Wow. LIghtbulb! I never thought of it that way but I think you’re right. WHen I have “fat” days it’s days when I just don’t like how I look. Fat = disgusting to society and instead of saying “I feel ugly today” which I think is mostly associated with my facial appearance, saying “I feel fat” means you feel ugly in your body and that your face is ok. ?? does that make a lick of sense? I think you’re right to squelch the statement, too. It’s nothing but negative self talk/image and in order to be healthy mentally you need to love yourself and not say hateful things. Awesome post!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think the “I feel fat” days are similar to the days where I want to stress eat. I’m clearly not hungry, don’t need the junk food, etc but the emotions I’m not facing or dealing with are masked as “hunger.” It’s all a mind game!

  3. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Ugh! I hate days where I feel like this. Fake it till you make it is great advice. I usually remind myself that even though I’m feeling crappy today, tomorrow will inevitably be different…and to hang in there.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes! Tomorrow is a new day! Even if we ate “Badly” today, tomorrow we can start over!

  4. Jess

    I have those days. I am having one today. Yesterday my thighs didn’t touch as much as they do today… Did they? Well, they probably did, but I was in a good mood and didn’t notice. Or maybe the Chinese food from last night has bloated me. Or maybe a million other things could have happened. But none of it matters, coz my thighs feel bigger and that must mean I am fat… This is why I weigh everyday, to assure myself that I am fine!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Your comment made me laugh! Even if you didn’t intend it to. 🙂 Isn’t it crazy how it can change from one day to another?

  5. Roz@weightingfor50

    Love this post. Sounds to me like your Mom is a very wise woman!!!! Have a great Thursday.
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  6. Carrie @ Season It Already!

    This is such a great topic. I’ve found that through this process, I’ve had to change my thinking, too. I still have those days where I think I’ll never be able to finish this, but I also remind myself that that feeling is only temporary! Great post.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      YES! The feeling is temporary! Love this comment!

  7. I ❤ 2 Eat

    I completely identify with this. What’s worse when “I feel fat” is that all I want to do is eat. And it just makes me feel fatter…haha. Positive talk is what’s required, and the efforts continue! Great post…I’m sure a ton of people can relate. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      YES! SO TRUE! When I have those “I feel fat” days it’s usually because I’ve been snacking on crap and then I feel bad OR I feel hormonal and “fat” and then I eat more as a result. It’s a vicious cycle.

  8. Hannahviolin

    I hate those words: I feel fat. I think them sometimes and try to figure out what they really mean. Sometimes I feel bloated, so I try to drink more water. Othertimes, yeah, I’m sad about something, or I let somebody make me feel bad about myself (I say LET because people try all the time but I don’t have to let them.) Either way, fat is definitely not a feeling!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      YES! We don’t have to let anyone make us feel badly about ourselves. We can choose to ignore it and know that we are awesome and confident.

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