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Sex Love and Obesity Part 6

Before we move on in this Sex Love and Obesity Series I need to roll back time a little bit and tell you about the guy before my husband.

Sometimes I think that how a relationship starts determines very much how it will finish. This relationship started before my husband and I had become anything more than friends. It started with him having a free trial to the phone sex service I was working for and a phone call that he made to a girl he thought looked exactly like I wished I looked in my head and exactly like the photo that was plastered all over my advertisement.

As we talked and got to know each other there was one prevailing thought in my mind the entire time. “He will never love me.” – because who would love me.

I weighed over 420 pounds. In my mind I was complete unlovable.

We continued to talk, a lot. Relationships that develop over the phone have an interesting dynamic – you don’t sit around watching TV and doing the mundane everyday life things together, you must talk to one another, converse the entire time. Which means there is a lot more communication; he knew absolutely everything there was to know about me.

He was out of my league. I knew that. He was a young attractive man with aspirations to be a movie star. I was a 420-pound phone sex operator allowing him to believe I was the woman in the photos I used for my new phone sex business.

I’d used fake photos to meet people online a dozen times before this. I always knew in the back of my mind when I did it that it would end badly. I knew when they found out who the real me was they would be angry that I lied to them, stop talking to me, and that my struggle with obesity made love an impossibility in my life.

But I loved him, and more than anything in the world, I wanted him to love me back the same way.

Our telephone conversations included lots of discussions about how amazing our sex life would be if we were together. He was the first man in my entire life that made me feel wanted. I’m not talking about wanted as in I want you around me, I’m talking I want to grab you, throw you down on the bed and screw your brains out kind of wanted. Something I had never, ever experienced in life because of my weight.

Although the rational side of my brain knew that this was all a façade based on the lies and misconceptions I was selling, as time went on, I grew to love him more and more.

But my husband came along, I found a relationship that was real, not just some telephone fantasy relationship I wished could be real, and I moved on to the life I could have instead of the life I wanted.

I never really let go though. Closure isn’t really my thing. For several years into my marriage, with my husband knowing about it, I continued to converse with him. He helped me build my business. He wrote blogs for my website, he did voice acting work for recordings I sold repeatedly, he tolerated the emotional roller coaster and yo-yo relationship I offered where I pulled him closer and then pushed him away. We’d make plans to meet, and I would come up with amazing excuses for why I couldn’t show up. Essentially, I catfished him. For the better part of 12 years.

There was a moment, where I tried to tell the truth.

About four years into my marriage, when things started going south, when I had gained back all my weight, found out that my husband was having online affairs he was lying to me about, I went to this man and told him the truth.

In my mind, at this moment, I thought, it’s been 5 years, he knows me. The real me, the person I am on the inside. Maybe, just maybe my weight won’t matter. My husband had taught me that was a possibility, in the beginning he didn’t want to be with me because of my weight. I had lost the weight, we had started a relationship, and when I gained all the weight back it didn’t become a deal breaker in the relationship.

I was unhappy in my marriage. For a million reasons I’ve already stated. But there was another issue at play too, I wasn’t sure if I had ever REALLY loved my husband. In the back of my head there was this haunting voice that constantly reminded me that perhaps I had settled for the man who would love me, instead of the man I loved.

So, after 5 years, I told him the truth.

I laid it all out there, I sent him my real photos and I explained that I had done everything I had done because I didn’t think he would love me if he knew what I really looked like.

He very kindly ended the relationship. He gave me a ton of reasons at the time. None of which were “You are overweight, and I am not attracted to you.” – but no matter what he said, THAT is what I heard.

I couldn’t take the rejection. I was devastated. I loved this man I had never met more than I had loved any man before. Not having him as a part of my life wasn’t an option. So, I back peddled. I told him that I had sent the photos to test him. To see how much he really loved me, to see if our relationship was just about what I looked like. I told him that he had failed my test and for the next couple of years, we hardly spoke. When we did speak, I would remind him how much he had hurt me. How he had let me slip through his fingertips, how he didn’t love me enough.

In some small way, his remorse over the situation comforted me.

It told me that I was worthy. He regretted his decision, he mourned losing me, and in my mind, I twisted this into, “he’s the bad guy, he didn’t love me because of my weight and he lost the wonderful person I am and a woman who loved him to ends of the earth because of it.” It was his loss.

It was somewhere around 2007 now – I had regained 100 pounds since I had gotten married. The man I loved didn’t love me back. The man I had settled on and learned to love was busy having online affairs when I was there in his home trying to be everything he wanted. Nothing was going right. I blamed EVERYTHING that was going wrong on the fact that I was overweight. Obesity was ruining my life. All I wanted was someone to love me the way I wanted to be loved and nobody did, all because I was fat.

But there was nothing I could do to fix it. I had tried and failed. I had lost weight and gained it all back. The only sex life I had was the one I had on the phone with my clients. I hated my job now. All it did was serve as a constant reminder of what I couldn’t have. I resented answering the phone. I resented the two men in my life for not loving me. I slipped into a deep dark depression.

There was nothing, absolutely nothing that made me feel better… other than food.

I’d binge eat to make myself feel better and then only end up more depressed because in the end I knew that it only made things worse. It was a vicious cycle. I wanted to die.

I accepted that this was the life I was destined to lead. I didn’t really understand why. What I had done so bad to deserve such a horrible fate? I resolved myself to the fact that I was going to die this way, overweight, unloved and never getting the chance to experience the love I had been dreaming about since I was a little girl.

I had thought that losing weight would fix everything. I believed that after I lost the weight I would suddenly be happy. I was looking for myself and thought I would find her on the other side of obesity. But what I quickly found is that there is no “u” in weight loss. If you are looking for you in life after weight loss, you’re not going to find it until you start looking within yourself and asking yourself what drove you to obesity to begin with. Losing the weight doesn’t fix you, and if you haven’t figured out what the actual issues are, the chances are, you will end up right back where you started.

My marriage was already over, even if I didn’t really know it yet, and my relationship with this man who had come before my husband, hadn’t even really begun.

Stay tuned for Sex Love and Obesity Part 7 – Meeting Superman

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Cooper Institute Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies. Her training and coaching services are offered exclusively through GoGirl Fitness Studio.

How This Obesity Rebel Solves Her Vitamin Compliancy Issues

With Summer quickly approaching, it’s time to take a break from my recent blog series “Sex Love and Obesity” and talk about something that this Obesity Rebel just really thinks you need to know exists.

Vitamins delivered in the form of Watermelon goodness.

Let me tell you something about me. My name is Pandora, I’m an RNY Gastric bypass patient and while I am supposed to take my vitamins on a regular basis to avoid malnutrition issues, I don’t.

Why? Because I don’t like taking pills. It’s not just vitamins, it’s anything that comes in pill form. It takes a ridiculous amount of pain to get me to take pain pills doctors prescribe to me after surgery. I’m that person who never finishes a prescription for antibiotics after I start to feel better. It takes a headache that would lay King Kong down to get me to reach for a bottle of Tylenol.

My genuine dislike for all things in pill form have made vitamin compliancy after weight loss surgery a continual struggle for me.

Until last year when BariLife came out with their Lemonade Multivitamin Powder.

I know what you are thinking. “Oh, BariLife is sending her to Paris and now she is talking up their products.”

Ok. I’m honest, there is some validity to that, I’m not going to lie. But BariLife wasn’t sending me to Paris last May when this product came out and I started using it.

I started using it because knowing I have vitamin compliancy issues from working with me in the past, they sent me a sample to try, and I kept using it because it has been a way for this non-pill taking post-operative patient to take her vitamins!

I know, I know, there are chewable vitamins and there are gummies.

Here’s my issue with those: Most chewable vitamins taste like vitamins, taste like chalk or taste like, what I imagine, based on his breath and the fact that he is constantly licking himself, a dog’s derriere. The Gummies add calories to my day that I’m not willing to spend on vitamins that taste like candy.

While vitamin compliancy after weight loss surgery has been an issue for me. I do drink my water daily.  In fact, I drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day. But, I don’t LOVE plain water. I often use sugar-free drink additives like crystal light and those cool little bottles of fruity goodness that let you add a few drops to make your water taste like anything you want. My favorite just happens to be the watermelon lemonade flavor.

Earlier this month BariLife sent me a sample of the new Watermelon Multivitamin Powder – and let me just say, this watermelon-lemonade loving Pandora is in heaven.

On their own, both the Lemonade and the Watermelon multivitamin powders are amazing products and a great way for someone like me that has issues with pills, chewables or gummies to get their vitamins in. They both have a great flavor, and you really do not taste the vitamins in your drink at all when you use them.

But if you asked me, the “Holy Rusted Metal Batman!”, POW!” comes from mixing them both together.

Each product calls for 2 scoops of powder per day. You’re supposed to use one scoop at a time twice a day. But, I take a half a scoop of each, put it in a blender bottle with ice cubes, shake it up and mix them together. Then I’ve got a Watermelon Lemonade flavored drink that I’d gladly sip on any hot summer day. This little concoction of mine has me taking my vitamins without even trying because I enjoy drinking it so much!

If you haven’t tried the Multivitamin Powders from BariLife yet, you can find them here.

BariLife Lemonade Multivitamin Powder

BariLife – Multivitamin Powder – Lemonade

BariLife Watermelon Multivitamin Powered

BariLife – Multivitamin Powered – Watermelon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Cooper Institute Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies. Her training and coaching services are offered exclusively through GoGirl Fitness Studio.

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