Obviously the people in my life know about my weight loss because they can just see it. I have only told a few people the actual number of how much I've lost. And I even surprised myself by telling my parents my actual weight. But they're the only ones! I think it's good to talk about fitness and weight loss and what you're doing that works or to talk about the struggles and everything with friends.
But what about new people you just met? Do you tell them, "Hey, I used to weigh 250, but I've lost 75 lbs so far."
Let's talk it out...
Would it just be bragging? Yeah, I am proud that I have lost this weight, but I am equally not proud that I let myself gain it in the first place. So for me, it wouldn't be to brag or boast about how far I've come, but I wouldn't want someone else to think that it was.
Would it draw unnecessary attention to my weight? I don't like drawing attention to my body. Let's just not bring it up, ya know? When you start talking about your weight (whether you are overweight or not) it just makes the person look at your body and assess it basically. No thanks. I'd rather it almost be a non-issue than making it the center of a conversation.
Would it make people think different of me? Would they think I have bad self-control or think of me as the girl who used to be fat? Maybe that would be how they defined me.
Or would it help people understand me and get to know me better? Would they understand why I hate bathing suits (doesn't everyone tho?)? Or understand why I'm self-conscious or not comfortable sometimes?
I also think it's different when you are talking to a girl or a guy. Girls would be easier to tell because they can understand weight issues, and women just relate to each other differently. But with guys, I would worry that they would immediately start judging me. Especially a guy I am dating... isn't huge weight gain even if you lose it, a turn off?
Also it's about timing. Obviously it's not something you bring up in the first conversation or anything, and you can just talk about it when the time feels right or with the right person.
Maybe it's not even that big of a deal! Tell people you want to tell, don't tell those you don't. Whatever!
What do you guys think? What has been your experience?