Just wondering: Why is it unacceptably rude to go up to someone and ask “Why are you so fat?” but considered acceptable to ask somebody “Why are you so thin?” I am terribly embarrassed about my thinness, yet countless people ask me about it. My quest to gain weight has met with some success, I have gained 2kgs in a fortnight; simply by eating 2 slices of white bread in the morning, adding 2 teaspoons of sugar to my twice-daily coffee and drinking 2 glasses of fruit juice a day. Nobody has noticed the extra weight, and I press on to gain the additional 3kgs my doctor has ordered.

Apropos of the subject, on this day in 1912 David Packard was born. Founder with William Hewlett of the Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine! (Source foodreference.com.) Enough said.

Here is a picture of one of the helicopters that circled over my house during the send-off ceremony for our rugby team, who went toNew Zealand last week.

Ps: September is ‘Hug a Texas Chef’ month on the food calendar. I don’t know one, so if anyone inTexasis reading this, please do a hug on my behalf.


94 Comments Add yours

  1. YAY on your weight gain!!!!! :o) I think people ask out of concern. Being underweight is seen as being ill and I know that being overweight is also not healthy either, but it seems more acceptable for some insane reason. 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Please tell Taylor about the 2kgs, she will be very pleased 🙂

      1. She will be thrilled!!!! Shame, she is very worried about you xxxx

      2. theonlycin says:

        Tell her there is not the slightest shake in my hands and I can hold my own juice 🙂 (And give her a big hug!)

      3. That is SUCH great news!!!!!! I’m so glad that you are doing so well!!! She is going to be VERY happy when I tell her this afternoon! *makes note to give Taylor a BIG hug from Aunty Cindy*

  2. I would happily give you those 3 kgs and lose my spare tyre.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sue, I just feel like a freak sometimes …

      1. Madmom says:

        Don’t let people make you feel bad, Cindy. I saw, as I gained weight, that I was being treated with less respect. It used to bother me – I refuse to give people that power over me anymore.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Madmom 🙂

  3. Tandy says:

    this is so true! Good for you for fitting into your jeans again! Much easier than shopping xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, cheaper too 🙂

  4. Madmom says:

    Weighty issues for sure. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, I look forward to the day I don’t need a belt to stop my pants from falling down 🙂

      1. Madmom says:

        And I look forward to when I need a belt to stop my pants from falling down. Hehe.

      2. Me too Madmom, me too!! *eyes lunchbox and decides to wait till lunch time*

      3. theonlycin says:

        Best of luck to the both of us 🙂

  5. MissChris says:

    Ai, I wish I could give you the other 3kgs from my body too!
    Either way – it is difficult to lose or put on weight!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hugs back at you Chrissie 🙂

  6. Yay for the first 2kg’s – here’s to the next 3kg!
    Well captured pic!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. nursemyra says:

    Good luck to your team in NZ (but I’m barracking for the All Blacks)

    1. theonlycin says:

      May the best team win 😉

  8. Tilly Bud says:

    Love the idea of random Texan chefs being surprised with hugs from your readers.

  9. Leeswammes says:

    Well done on your weight gain. While I can (should!) certainly do with some weight loss, I know that underweight people are often not understood and others even envy them.

    I don’t know how hard it is for you to eat the extras but it is very hard for me to cut certain foods out (or to not eat at times when I would normally have a snack).

    You make it sound like gaining weight is easier than losing it – is it really? For me it would be, but since you are very slim, I assume you don’t like to eat a lot.

    Just curious! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love to eat, Judith, the weight loss was a side effect of a medication I was taking. It also made my hair fall out 😦 Thankfully I am almost weaned off it!

      1. Spectra says:

        Ugh! I’ve had both types of medications, ones that make you fatter, ones that melt the pounds so frighteningly fast you wonder why you can’t lose weight that fast when you are trying?

        Good luck with your gains!

  10. Life isn’t fair is it? I think the questions come out of concern, though. Well done of the weight gain…I can put on 2 kgs in day. Sigh. It’s taken me 8 months of intensely careful eating to lose 8 kgs. Wanna swop for a while?? 🙂

  11. sonsothunder says:

    All you need is to eat some of the Carolina Meals I grew up on ( and still cook often ) for about a week, and then you’ll probably be coming to the U.S. hunting me down like “Elmer Fud” hunting a wabbit…thank God, Elmer never did get that wabbit.. I’ll hook you up with some recipes if ya like, as long as you promise not to send “Bazooka Man” after me.

    I’ll be sure not to accept any suspect packages that may show up on my doorstep in the shape of a “Cake-box”
    God Bless You

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha Paul, keep your eye on the postman 😉

      1. sonsothunder says:

        By the way, did you see our boy “Gordo Rambo” in his guest appearance movie debut, “Loves Kitchen”?
        What did you think?
        Love ya

      2. theonlycin says:

        Nope, haven’t seen it – still needs to hit our shores 🙂

  12. Jy is PRAGTIG, fyn van postuur, en ek sou my agtertande gee om ook so pragtig te lyk. Ek moet by die 40kg verloor, as jy bietjie daarvan wil hê, praat net. Ek gee gratis weg.

    Mense moet ophou om ander so te oordeel, ons weet nie wat agter iemand anders se deur aangaan nie. Daar is wel mense wat uitermate maer is, wat ‘n probleem het.

  13. Naomi says:

    I say embrace your thinness and appreciate every moment, Cin, as long as you’re healthy…so glad to hear you’re succeeding in gaining what you need to, and are almost off your medication. All the best for even better health, xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi, I am feeling better than I have in a long while 🙂

  14. Sparkle says:

    It only depends on the kind of relationship I have with someone to be able to comment on their weight gain. And on the loss I never comment, that one can be sensitive considering the times we live in where diseases are reighning. I am not a person to want to put another in any kind of discomfort.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re a very considerate person, Sparky 🙂

  15. earlybird says:

    Well done on the weight gain! I know how upsetting it can be when one is thin and people make thoughtless comments – my son gets incredibly upset by any remarks about his lack of any body fat! You’ll just need to grow extra skin as well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, earlybird, a thicker skin would help 😀

  16. granny1947 says:

    So pleased about your weight gain…you know how worried I was.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I do know and I am sorry to have given you additional worries to what you already have xxx

  17. Good job, if it were humanly possible to give you 3kg of mine, I’d do it in a heart beat. 🙂 You know what else annoys me, people who are over weight having a go at smokers, or super religious folk judging your beliefs. It just ain’t right. Keep up the weight gain girl. Proud of you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m 100% with you on those bugbears, Cheffie!

  18. Yip! Bread can do wonders – especially white bread; Good on you 🙂

  19. SuziCate says:

    When I was thin (really I was, though it was long ago!) people eould ask if I was that way on purpose…or suggest I eat. Sadly, now that I’m not thin I don’t get offered extra goodies anymore! (Maybe that’s why I’m not thin anymore because I accepted too many of those goodies back then, hmmm….)

  20. I never comment on being too fat or too thin, mostly because I just don’t notice. I would be a terrible detective.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Although your smoking jacket does rather make you look the part 🙂

      1. It’s probably the pipe that makes me look Sherlock Holmes-ish, but I’ve got to admit I don’t smoke.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Good for you 🙂

  21. slpmartin says:

    Fortunately for you, one of my friends is a foodie and is from Texas…I shall give her a hug from you…I certainly hope her new boy friend understands this nothing personal. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Haha, thanks Charlie 😉

  22. nrhatch says:

    Many people buy into the notion that “one can never be too rich or too thin.”

    They might see a comment on your weight as a compliment ~ assuming that you purposely “starve yourself” to maintain your Audrey Hepburn elegance.

    Glad that your are feeling better . . . and bigger. 😀

    I passed a hug on to the only Texas Chef I know:

    1. nrhatch says:

      Turns out he’s from Arkansas, not Texas. I gave him a cyber hug anyway. 😉

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks anyway, Nancy 😉

  23. gospelwriter says:

    Congrats on the weight gain! And I’m with you on the fat/thin question – or rather, the permissibility of criticizing thin but not fat. I think the assumption is that people are thin out of choice, while the tendency to gain weight is beyond one’s control.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Puzzles me, Ruth …

  24. SidevieW says:

    If only I could give you a few of mine

  25. bluebee says:

    Good that your health’s improving, Cin – onwards and upwards (and outwards and outwards :-D)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, bluebee, I am beginning to feel swell 😉

  26. Nice to be able to see progress, isn’t it? So chuffed it’s going on. Don’t wish to gush but sometimes one must: your pictures always look stunning.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Why, thank you so much for the compliment, kate, gush all you like 😀

  27. klrs09 says:

    I don’t know any Texas chefs, sorry, not any from Alberta, either. 2 kgs — good for you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems them Texan chefs are thin on the ground 😉

  28. souldipper says:

    The curse of prescription drugs – &%#$* side effects. Very wise that you don’t tell us the name of the drug. There’d be a slew of us balding madonnas showing off curves instead of bulges in a matter of weeks!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, it’s a real baddy drug that one!

  29. ceciliag says:

    I HEAR YOU. I am thin too. I have always been thin and i have always asked myself the same question. Asking you why you are so thin is Rude. And rude people should get The Look! with the addition of a lifted eyebrow.. anyway.. this is what i think. Hi Cindy you are looking great, have a fab day.c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks ceciliag 🙂

  30. libraryscene says:

    Fab job on your gain, lady! I’m with you on your lament. It burns me, too, that it is oft not done in a loving manner, but with a hint of spite and a dash of mock concern. Boo, sorry, shall get off my box now. Continued health to you, no matter what you weigh in at ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks libraryscene 😀 xxx

  31. Linda says:

    I was so thin growing up and now my daugther is still thin, very thin at 23. We didn’t and don’t choose this. I told her the next time a fat person says my you are so skinny it’s a miracle you walk that she needs to tell them they are so fat it’s a miracle they could get in the door. I’m tired of it and so is she. Why is it ok to pick on skinny people? I say we shouldn’t have to take that crap.

  32. Linda says:

    You know the meds I take for the fibromyalgia and asthma make me sooooooooooooooooooooo hungry. But when I took Adderal for ADD I had to remind my self to eat! drugs are good, drugs are bad.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think much of my trouble was caused by Cymbalta, Linda 😦

  33. Tammy says:

    Best of luck to your team and to you on your weight gain. I cannot begin to fathom someone making me eat bread!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I tell you it is playing havoc with my digestive system, Tammy :O

  34. dearrosie says:

    I think you’ve got to teach those people to have better manners. I’ve never understood people who get away with saying something so hurtful like that! sheesh!

    1. theonlycin says:

      As Chantelle said in her first comment, a lot of it may be out of concern?

  35. I wonder when the clouds will come to colour in the blue blue background to your chopper photo. I am seriously suffering from the dry air, pollen and polution.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The pollen is getting to me too, but I think it may be a while before the rains come.

  36. Jamie Dedes says:

    Congrats on your gain. I’ve lost nine pounds. I could send you a few … One way or another it’s always a struggle …

    1. theonlycin says:

      WOW! Well done Jamie!

  37. johnlmalone says:

    Wow! I’d take my hat off to you Cindy if I wore one but 82 comments?! ye gods! I’m lucky if I can manage 26! How do you do it? What is your magic? We would all like some. And as for fighting to PUT ON WEIGHT?! ye gods you’ve got a lot of things going your way 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have no idea John 🙂

  38. Markella says:

    Hi Cin. I’m actually just checking…. trying to find out if you are the Cin I think you are.
    I am pretty sure we “met” on some other blog – a couple of years ago. Then work did the unforgivable and prevented me from visiting there a lot and I lost touch with you and a number of other lovely foodies.
    You might (will) remember me – Markella. Let me know.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hey Markella, great to see you here. Do you have a new blog?

  39. Markella says:

    Hmmm – If I’m not mistaken – I remember Granny and Madmom from that blog too…….

  40. theonlycin says:

    Yep, we’re all still around 🙂

  41. Markella says:

    Nice to see you. I love your blog. And no… unfortunately – work gets in the way of such pleasurable pursuits! Still baking madly though.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A pity, you were a great blogger, but I am very happy that you found me again 🙂 Have a super week. xxx

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