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        06-26-2012, 11:41 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I am so proud that someone else has this problem and has come to reason. My daughter,who is thick but not very heavy, weighs more and is thicker than her small petite friends. It used for early get her down, which got me down, that she couldn't be as skinny as them.
         
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        06-27-2012, 02:46 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Yep, bottom line is accept who you are and focus on being healthy in which ever way you can!
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        06-27-2012, 04:18 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I am considered to be a "string bean", but after feeling very bad about myself, and actually being called fat for years by peers, and even my own father and brother, I developed an eating disorder. Even though this is what I look like...

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    Everyone is perfect, no matter what we look like
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        06-27-2012, 04:33 AM
      #14
    Trained
    There is a differance between being built thicker and being overweight. Just like in horses. Selena is built thicker than Ruger but she is not overweight. However there are horses who are overweight and appear to be thicker.

    Admittedly, I am a tiny person at 5'2'' and skinny...But I will tell you guys a secret, I am actually underweight and I feel awful. I have been trying to put on some pounds because it is effecting my riding. I snuck off on my own to see my doctor and she simply said "There is nothing wrong with you, just stop working and remember to eat lunch once in awhile!" because I have been so stressed lately that I forget to eat...And I just don't get hungry until I have made myself sick, so I have to conciously make the decision to do so. I now have alarms set and meal bars in my saddle bags and backpack 24/7...Right now, I envy you guys who are healthy. My weight issue isn't drastic but it is enough for me to notice how fast I go into fatigue.

    To be honest I don't know what the point of that story was, just kinda felt like I needed to tell SOMEONE about it since no one really knows. Either way, no matter what, health is more important than a figure or a number. I know a girl who is a size 10 and thinks she is fat, but honestly she is evenly proportioned because she is tall. She looks beautiful, and she is healthy...It makes me sad that she thinks that about herself.

    On that note my arch enemy at school is 5'5 and weighs 98 lbs. I do NOT want to be her. If I am 5'2', I weigh around there and am underweight...Jeesh. Next time someone wants to be that string bean, I'll be referring them to her
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        06-27-2012, 04:53 AM
      #15
    Showing
    Well you are welcome on my thread, SorrelHorse :)

    I too have problems being a little underweight and with eating. But lately since I've been cooking, I am eating a little better than before.
         
        06-27-2012, 04:56 AM
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    Admittedly, I am a tiny person at 5'2'' and skinny...But I will tell you guys a secret, I am actually underweight and I feel awful. I have been trying to put on some pounds because it is effecting my riding. I snuck off on my own to see my doctor and she simply said "There is nothing wrong with you, just stop working and remember to eat lunch once in awhile!" because I have been so stressed lately that I forget to eat...And I just don't get hungry until I have made myself sick, so I have to conciously make the decision to do so. I now have alarms set and meal bars in my saddle bags and backpack 24/7...Right now, I envy you guys who are healthy. My weight issue isn't drastic but it is enough for me to notice how fast I go into fatigue.
    I soooo feel for you! Been there before! I'm 5'1 and was 92lb at the peak of my illness (natural weight 106lb), could barely get the energy up to go buy food. My friend was having to muck out my stable and hers, do feeds, and exercise and deal with all of Brock's antics as I couldn't get down to the stables. Mine was a stress-related illness, and my high stress levels also exacerbated my mental health issues and I ended up suffering sudden bouts of severe depression. Horrible time *shudders*

    Have you tried rice bran? In all seriousness, lots of little meals will help get your metabolism up. Try doing lots of complex carbs like wholemeal bread (decent fibre content too) or brown rice, I find they settle the stomach well. Fish is also good, full of good fat and protein. And yoghurt - especially probiotic. It sorts out any stomach upset from all the stress (I get ulcers) and the weight goes on really quickly. Best not to get the ones loaded with sugar, but if you don't like plain yoghurt, mix in some honey and it tastes lovely. And plenty of milk and lots of dark green veges. Grains like barley and oats will also help keep your energy levels up.

    Stay positive, keep eating and stay healthy! I find it a relief to know what the root of the problem is and sometimes being sick can make you even more stressed, and it becomes a vicious cycle, so hopefully you're on track to recover very soon :)
         
        06-27-2012, 09:12 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    I truly didn't mean to offend anyone. I've been to both sides & back. Almost 170 at my heaviest & 86 at my lowest. My issue is with these stick figure models & the general public thinking that is the standard that everyone should be held to. I've had 2 kids, my body will never be "perfect" & I personally love the way I fill out my butt hugging jeans & my favorite tank top
         
        06-27-2012, 09:22 AM
      #18
    Trained
    When I was a teenager (I'm 54) people made fun of me because I was too skinny. My sister and I were actually teased by being called "the stringbean twins". Then just as I filled out, skinny became popular. Geez...

    I think that it all goes back to Cinderella. We are told that we have to look a certain way or the men won't love us. The only happiness that Cinderella found was when she married the charming prince. I think that a better story would be that Cinderella took her cleaning skills and started a huge janitorial service. She invested the money wisely. She married the Prince Charming only after he signed a prenupt so that he couldn't get his hands on her money. Seriously, we should be judged on who we are as a person, not how we look.
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        06-28-2012, 06:52 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I'm with the string bean crowd, but my sister is thick built. She throws other girls in the air for a living. (cheerleader. She's the base, who throws the skinny girls in the air to do tricks.) She hits hard enough to leave hoof sized dents in my truck. She is by no means fat. She's just built like a solid wall.
    Meanwhile, they blood tested me cause I was wayyyyy under the growth chart average. I was under sixty lbs until I was 12. I'm currently 4'11, 21 yrs old, and 87 lbs. I've never broke a hundred. I have a restricted diet because of damaged kidneys, and I can't for the life of me gain a lb. I even have a cat named orange chicken for motivation.

    You are what you are, there's no changing it. You can only try to make the best you possible.
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        06-28-2012, 08:21 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Very very true.
         

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