Etiquette School is in session! > "Why would I want to do that?"

Not quite the phrase, but thank you, Ehell!

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Mel the Redcap:
I love my mother. I really do. But today the only thing that saved me from sitting there like a lump getting lectured was thinking "What would the Ehellions advise?!" ;D

I am slightly overweight - I have a bit of a belly and a bum. The Good Ethnic Boy likes my rear the way it is ;) , my doctor isn't concerned about my weight at all, my dietician says that the diet I'm going to have to go on to control my IBS isn't conducive to losing weight anyway, and although I wouldn't mind losing a few inches off my waist I have better things to worry about. I used to be dangerously thin due to a different health issue and quite frankly would rather be this size. I eat healthily for the most part, I don't have any weight-related medical problems, I'm FINE. However, everyone else in my family is skinny... and Mum wants me to lose weight. Has for years.

Normally, if Mum decides that I need the benefit of her wisdom ::) , I end up saying "Mmm." and "Yeah." and being told off because I'm just saying that and have no intention of doing what she says and she's only saying it for my own good and it's because she loves me and if she didn't love me she wouldn't bother and and and ARGH. There is practically nothing more annoying than being lectured "for your own good"! It's always something where I think my "own good" is best served by doing something other than what she demands recommends, but nothing short of total capitulation will satisfy Mum! Bean dipping doesn't work, silence just starts the lecture early, flat refusal makes the lecture worse.

Today - Mother's Day - I drove down to have lunch with Mum and Stepdad. There was a lot of good chat, interesting topics, blah blah, and it got onto how I'm very happy with my new job, Mum's happy that both her daughters are doing well, she talked to Older Sister, oh and Older Sister has lost weight.

Me:  ??? *thinking* Last time I saw her I thought she was a bit too thin...
Mum: "She's [weight considerably lower than Mel] now."
Mel: *boggled into speaking without thinking* "What? I'm [weight]!"
Mum: "Yes, and that's too much. You really need to... blah blah blah health blah blah self-restraint blah-blah we eat healthily blah blah Stepdad didn't want to but I kept at him and look at him now blah blah health blah blah YOUR OWN GOOD."
Mel: Oh god. Here we go. Why didn't I just say 'yay' and change the subject? "I'm happy with my weight. And anyway, my dietician--"
Mum: "But it's not healthy! All you need to do... blah blah cut out sugar blah blah cook from scratch blah blah I worry."
Mel: "I'm concentrating on getting my IBS under control first, the diet for that is going to be tricky enough. Once that's sorted I might--"
Mum: "Well what can you eat with that diet?"
Mel: *brief explanation*
Mum: "Well that's not hard, you can have [thing I can't eat]--"
Mel: "Nope. Can't eat that. Or [other things]."
Mum: "Okay, chicken and fish and rice and [things I can't eat]--"
Mel: "Nope. Can't eat [thing] or [thing] because [explanation]."
Mum: "Oh. Well, you can get recipes off the internet."
Mel: "Yes, and I am doing that, but I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm fine with it."
Mum: "But it's not healthy!"
Mel: MUST DERAIL TRAIN BEFORE IT STARTS AGAIN! Must be polite! Think of Ehell! Polite but blunt and with no wiggle room! "Mum, my doctor's happy with my weight. My dietician is happy with my weight. I'm happy with my weight. I'm not going to diet."
Mum:  >:(
Mel: "Sorry if I'm a bit grouchy on the subject, but I'm tired of people trying to make me unhappy with myself."
Mum: "But I'm not trying to make you unhappy!"
Mel: "But you are trying to make me change when I don't want to."
Mum: "...Oh. Okay. All right, we won't talk about it."
Mel: "Thank you. So, how about that bean dip?"

It might have been a bit late but I remembered the lessons learned here and we had a lovely visit after all. Thank you, Ehell! ;D


(slight edit to fix grammar!)

rain:
good for you


I like your line "I'm tired of people trying to make me unhappy with myself"


gotta remember that one

VorFemme:
"Mum, the doctor and dietitian WANT me to get the IBS* under control for SIX months (or some other reasonable number, depending on the condition) before I try to do anything about loosing weight.  Getting (medical condition) under control and stable is the most important thing that I can do right now.  So, talk to me in six months to see if the doctor has told me that I can make changes to the strict diet or not."

Then, if she talks to you in three months, it hasn't been SIX months yet.  If she talks to you in six months, the doctor has made some minor changes, or your condition hasn't stabilized enough to satisfy the doctor so they are looking at making some changes to diet or medication - and it will be another six months or so before the results can be judged.  Then let her know that you'll talk to her about loosing weight once the doctor has cleared your condition as stable.....which will come about the Twelfth of Never.......or sometime about then.

* This can work for pregnancy, diabetes, PCOS, food allergies, nursing a baby, or whatever medical condition is the one in question for whoever is having the same issue with a family member.  Just adjust the timeline.

perpetua:

--- Quote from: VorFemme on May 12, 2013, 01:38:50 PM ---"Mum, the doctor and dietitian WANT me to get the IBS* under control for SIX months (or some other reasonable number, depending on the condition) before I try to do anything about loosing weight.  Getting (medical condition) under control and stable is the most important thing that I can do right now.  So, talk to me in six months to see if the doctor has told me that I can make changes to the strict diet or not."

Then, if she talks to you in three months, it hasn't been SIX months yet.  If she talks to you in six months, the doctor has made some minor changes, or your condition hasn't stabilized enough to satisfy the doctor so they are looking at making some changes to diet or medication - and it will be another six months or so before the results can be judged.  Then let her know that you'll talk to her about loosing weight once the doctor has cleared your condition as stable.....which will come about the Twelfth of Never.......or sometime about then.

* This can work for pregnancy, diabetes, PCOS, food allergies, nursing a baby, or whatever medical condition is the one in question for whoever is having the same issue with a family member.  Just adjust the timeline.

--- End quote ---


All I see that achieving is giving the mother carte blanche to badger the OP again in six months' time or however long.

The OP doesn't want or need to lose weight. She's already done the right thing by cutting her off on the subject, and did a brilliant job of it too.

Mel the Redcap:
Thanks all!  :D

rain, that line was a lucky improvisation that I'm going to have to remember for possible future use too! There are so many people it can be aimed at...

VorFemme, unfortunately perpetua is right - my mother is the type to latch onto any wiggle room given, and she won't just come back to the subject in six months - she'll demand updates and progress reports at random moments leading up to the deadline, and the first attempted extension of that deadline would get the uncomfortably perceptive "You're Just Using This To Avoid The Subject" lecture.  :P

I love my mum. I really do. She's a wonderful woman. It's just that sometimes she reminds me of why I'm very happy living over an hour's drive away.  ::)

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