People can be really strange and rude at the same time. When a person appears to be gaining weight, the person is labeled mataba ( FAT ), malusog, mahilig sa extra rice ( LOVES TO HAVE EXTRA RICE ), and so on. When a person chooses to take the healthier path and starts to shed pounds, the person is thought of to be anorexic, pabaya sa katawan, and if it gets a little nasty, you get remarks that you're like an addict, etc.
I have had my share of these remarks from friends, albeit the intention was probably good, it still does not come out nice. There are times that you can let it pass, but there are people who say it without tact. I'm sure you've encountered people who just blurt out stuff without thinking. I often try to shrug it off and I sometime make extra effort to explain why. In my case, it's thyroid-related, but then a lot of people are still clueless as to what the thyroid is, what its function is, and how it affects a person. 99.9% of the time, whenever I mention it to someone, I always get the "Ah oo, yung goiter" reaction.
5 years ago, I battled quite a serious thyroid condition. I've gone through extremes: weight down at 93-lbs and weight up, induced by meds with steroids to 117-lbs and my pulse rate went beyond normal range. It hit an all-time high of 150+ beats per minute. My doctors had to make sure I gained weight because — it had to be done because there was no way that me at 93-lbs will make it through the medical procedure.
I got a confession to make: my last date with my endo was not exactly good news because of the test results. I promised my endocrinologist that I will be a good girl. So far, I have been doing well with my 1,200 calorie per day and I squeeze in my kettlebell workouts at least twice a week. It also helps that I have friends that I can talk to about this thyroid madness. I appreciate how my friend, JK always reminds me to disconnect from the frenzied pace buzzing around me.
The moments we choose to live in fast forward mode is always a conscious choice. It was never an involuntary action. So, in between situations of getting thin and being fat, I have learned to slow down. Admittedly, most of my days are chaotic, but I've come to love and appreciate the value of knowing when to shut down Rosa ( my laptop ) and switch off both my phones. ☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes.__RUSS.