Dear Unsupersize Me Movie Viewers,

Dear Unsupersize Me Movie Viewers,

So it’s been threes weeks from one of the best nights of my life…the movie premier of Unsupersize Me and I have seen an unexpected response from many of the viewers. Some of the questions asked the most are below:

1. Are you still vegan?

Answer: Heck yeah! Why would I not?!?!

2. Do you still work out?

Answer: Heck yeah! Why would I not?!?!

3. What was the hardest part?

Answer: well this one isn’t quite as easy to answer.

The truth is that the diet and exercise was the easy part of my journey. I did have some struggles along the way, but never with the diet. My body IMMEDIATELY felt better from eating a plant-based whole foods diet. It helped my mood improve, sleep better, have more energy, and in general be a better person. There is no way I could have ever endured the Zen Fitness workouts, if I was still eating the crap I used to.

The main struggles were some emotional ones. While my daily life activities changed, my thought processes and personality changed as well, and this left me struggling to keep up. I realized that my fat was a large emotional cover up. I was very jaded, sarcastic, and some might even say mean-spirited. I realized during this change, that I was mean and sarcastic in an effort to scare people so that they didn’t hurt my feelings. No one was going to hurt my feelings, if I got to them first. I had a “Don’t care!” attitude and I honestly thought that I didn’t care what people had to say. As the pounds came off, I started to get a lot more sensitive. Things that “friends” were saying about my new life was hurtful to me and my feelings were hurt. What used to be my old sense of humor is now recognized to be a very negative way of thinking that came from trying to protect myself from having my feelings hurt.

During the year of filming, I lost a few friends, had struggles at work, dating, shopping, and finding my way in new social circles. I lost the comfort from my big fat security blankey and was vulnerable. Every aspect of my life had changed and my mind was left to try to catch up with it.

But it is! And everyday of my life get better and better. I have made new friends that support my lifestyle changes. I’m more sensitive to people’s thoughts and feelings. I have a new house, job, car, friends, and relationship and things are looking pretty darn good. My mind is catching up to what I have done with my body and both are looking forward to the future.

With the premiere of Unsupsersize Me, it was a big reminder of how far Carly and I have come on this project. To see people’s honest reactions helped me to realize that many people were in my same old fat shoes. I hope that the film will show people how easy the diet and exercise part of it is and how great it feels to have your mind catch up with it! I’m truly humbled by everyone that has reached out to me after watching the film and gave questions and comments. Keep em coming!!!

Best Regards,

Tracy Ryan

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3 comments on “Dear Unsupersize Me Movie Viewers,

  1. Candace Church says:

    Well said Tracy. I don’t think most people would even begin to imagine the emotional struggles losing a significant amount of weight can have on a person. I am amazed everyday at your journey and everything you have accomplished. I share your story on a weekly basis with at least one person. You are a true inspiration!

    Candace Church

  2. Ginger says:

    Thanks Tracy for sharing your emotional trials during your journey.

  3. Great post, Tracy! Thanks for sharing the personal parts of your life. You continue to be an inspiration.

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