Last time I was in Ma he had lost about 20. Today one of his friends tagged him in the pic on the left on Facebook and I couldn't believe my damn eyes! Difference in hair aside- look how amazing he looks!! He looks so grown and handsome (he's 15).
I watched a movie called " the fat boy chronicles" last week and within 5 minutes I was crying. The adorable little chub reminded me so much if my brother. The character got picked on a lot at school. It made me wonder if my brother gets picked on. I don't think he's like regularly bullied but I know some asshole somewhere has prob picked on him. He's never once told me about bring teased, but I didn't usually tell anyone either when I was.
When my brother was 6 he came in from outside crying because one of the neighborhood kids " punched him 100 times". He was so upset and I was furious. I was 16. The bully was 12. I figured I'm closer in age to the bully than my brother is, so I am going to punch him 100x. My sister and friend walked down the street with me and I yelled the whole time. He beat me home- he was inside. I was yelling for him to come out. His little brother was outside, I told him to go get his brother. He came back and said he wouldn't come out. I then asked an 8 year old to relay the message that his brother was going to get his ass kicked next time he came out of the house. Obv when we went home my parents told me id be in trouble if I beat this kid up so I never did, but man did I want to.
This is how I feel thinking about him possibly being bullied. It makes me want to beat someone's ass. I imagine he's just walking to the table his friends are at in th lunch room and some douchebag makes some kind of "make room" comment or something. The amount of little comments like that you have to teach yourself to ignore as a fat kid is retarted. Kids are so mean. I don't think there's a chance in hell my brother hasn't been teased. I forgot to mention he is in drama club and band and is openly gay. He's a perfect highschool harassment target. I just hope if he does get picked on he doesn't let it bother him. My brother is one of the coolest people I know and it's too bad that a lot of people will probably never know that because they see him as a fat kid or a theater geek. He's not a geek and he's so much more than a chubby kid, but kids are MEAN.
It makes me so sad we taught him our bad habits. I was 9 when he was born. I remember he was like 1 and obsessed with deli cheese. I forget exactly what happened but I got him a slice an said "I love you" when I have it to him. My mom said were going to try not to teach Andrew that food is love so not to use food to show my affection any more. I never repeated that scenario but somewhere along the line we taught him everything we know about over eating and snacking and being fat and now he's one of us- struggling to control his appetite, fix his habits, learning to exercise. I know I didn't do this to him by myself but I do feel guilty about it. Now my neice is a little chubby. I hope because we're all changing our habits she will learn the new ones, but she's deff has picked up some old ones, that girl loves to snack. I guess all I can do is set the best example possible right now and when I have kids I need to raise them with healthy habits. I'm so proud of my family but so sick of watching everyone struggle with weight. I'd love to have normal size kids and start a generation of fit kids. I have step cousins that are in good shape but in my immediate family were all overweight. If I can raise kids that never NEED to go on a diet that'll deff be one of my greatest achievements. I am proud of my brother but at 15 he was way better things to worry about than how many calories he's had today. He tells me it's hard, I tell him if it was easy no one would be fat. I see so much of myself in him and I really hope this is something he takes from me too, the desire to STAY fit & healthy so the rest of his life doesn't have to be such a struggle.
I am so proud of you drew and hope you don't mind me putting your business all up on the Internet- but you're inspiring someone else now :) keep going buddy, love you! Xo