Well, once again, it’s been a while.
Sorry for that. When I started this blog I was working from home as a freelance writer. That business kinda dried up in the bad economy, and so in July I started a new job.
I’m selling furniture in the local store of a national chain. Retail sales means long hours. I wish I’d had time to post over the summer because there were lots of things to talk about – how the new insurance doesn’t cover gastric bypass, how it took a while to figure out what to take for lunch, how I’m still trying to figure out a routine that helps me get all my vitamins in.
But one of the biggest things for me has been meeting a whole group of people who didn’t know me before gastric bypass surgery. People who just assumed I’d always been this tiny little version of myself. Who just can’t picture me being overweight at all.
At first I thought I wouldn’t tell them. But of course it came tumbling out of me in no time. My gastric bypass surgery isn’t a shameful secret, nor does it define me. But it is a part of who I am, and it still impacts my day-to-day life. So when it came to explaining why I couldn’t accept the soda, or why I had to run to the back and drink some water every so often, or why I couldn’t order the fried chicken or eat most of whatever I did order, it was easier just to tell them.
I treated it like it was no big deal and so did they. Most everyone has questions from time to time, just basic curiosity. And I explain whatever they want to know. Nobody has asked anything I thought too personal.
I’m working one on one with the public, greeting perfect strangers one after another all day. I could have done this job before weight loss surgery, but I must say that I am much more comfortable doing it now. I don’t think much at all about what people are thinking of me as I greet them, whereas before I’d always be conscious that they were meeting a “fat person,” and would just assume that was on the forefront of their mind.
Face to face selling is all about confidence. People don’t want to spend money with you unless they feel comfortable with you, and that will never happen if you give off an air of insecurity. So I have to say that having a gastric bypass has helped my new career in that regard.
So in case anyone has been wondering, I’m still here, and still doing well. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be a bit more faithful with posts, so we’ll see how that goes.