Sorry, a long back story to get to my point is needed. Yesterday I went to a Tastefully Simple house party at a good friends house. I paid for a sitter so I could enjoy myself (well worth it). The time was filled with awesome ladies, great conversation and lots of food. I have been solidly on the lifestyle change journey for 6 months (plus 2 years for the whole foods thing) and I have noticed one big thing about me now. I really enjoy talking about nutrition, exercise and weight loss. This topic came up multiple times in the day. I do study this topic quite a bit. Along with my chemistry degree which helps with the science of metabolism and hormones, I also read a ton and discuss with physical therapists, trainers, friends and my endocrinologist.
One time in particular I was talking to a few ladies, I don't really know, about core work and yoga. One lady was very thin and an exercise enthusiast (2 hrs/ day). She mentioned she has lower back pain and feels like she doesn't use her core or her core is out of shape. I mentioned that she should try Yoga and her response was "oh no I like to sweat and work hard". Well there is the number one misconception with yoga. Yes, there is calm restorative classes that are mostly passive stretching but a most Yoga classes are exercise, heart pumping and body strengthening. I also mentioned she should stretch her hamstrings because most low back pain is from tight hamstrings. Other topics that came up was that weight loss is 80% nutrition, carbs, etc.
Well the point being is that I felt like some of the women ignored what I was saying and sort of shunned me off because I was fat. Now this may all be in my head but I can't help how I felt, maybe it was the shy awkward girl in me coming out. It was the thought of "what does she know, look how fat she is", etc. I don't expect someone to take me for my word but at least give me the time of day. I may not look like I know what I am saying but do have some knowledge in my brain about all this stuff.
There was other moments I had with friends that conversation was great and I felt like I was being heard (LC and CW).