Stuff Fat People Do: The Out of Breath Cough

As a recovering  fat person I like to talk about things I do or have done as a fat person.  Wanna read more? Check out the stuff fat people do.

Have you ever been with a fat person while walking up a flight of stairs or after a brisk walk?  Did you try having a conversation with them? Did they cough? You might notice this one more often now.

Ok, here is the scenario. I have just walked up the stairs at my office.  Someone is there waiting on me (or they are walking up with me).  They ask me how things have been going.  I am out of breath.  Instead of just huffing and puffing, I use a couple of little coughs to hide the fact that I can’t breath and then answer and then cough a little more. I take a deep breath just before each small cough.  I think it effectively hides my gasping.  Whoever is with me is probably thinking, “Jeez, just exercise a little more why don’t you!”

This was the old me. The super obese me. This is not a fake scenario, rather it is something that used to happen to me on a daily basis. I would get winded walking up flight of stairs.  The cough was something that I used to hide the fact. I wonder if there are others out there who do the same thing.

This past weekend I was staying on the third floor at a small resort condo near Myrtle Beach.  There was an elevator at the far, far end of the building. The stairwell was much closer to my room. I never used the elevator that weekend and more times than not, I ran up the stairs. I. RAN. up. the. stairs. Sometimes I took two steps at a time.

It feels great not to have to use the out of breath cough anymore.

Have any of you folks done this or anything like it?

 

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14 comments to Stuff Fat People Do: The Out of Breath Cough

  • Molly Nitka
    Twitter: MollyMFNitka

    Yes, this same scenario actually made me realize I need to start losing weight and getting healthy. I would be winded walking up a flight of stairs to get to the other side of campus. I literally was heavily breathing and sometimes would start to sweat. Not cool.

  • Sadly, I am still at the point where I try to avoid the stairs at all cost. For instance, today I reported for jury duty (first time ever). After waiting in the jury lounge stuffed in a chair that I obviously didn’t fit, I was called to report to a judge’s courtroom with 35 other jurors. The law clerk lined us up in the hall and told us that the courtroom was up 1 flight of stairs and asked if anyone needed to use the elevator. Two older women stepped forward. I thought about how embarrassing it would be, but I did it anyway, I stepped forward and rode the elevator one floor. I hope to be in your shoes someday and run up the stairs rather than avoid them.

  • Wait … you can actually COUGH to HIDE your out-of-breathness? Darn, only to learn that NOW!

  • TheFatBusiness
    Twitter: thefatbusiness

    Totally. Been there, done that. Last week was the first time I made it up a flight without panting, or hiding it with a cough. Win.

  • misszippy
    Twitter: misszippy1

    That’s really fantastic progress. I can’t relate, but I can be impressed!

  • Katie M.
    Twitter: dammitkatherine

    I recall doing the out of breath cough when I was younger and playing basketball in the local police league. I would run up and down the court coughing and hacking. The other parents must have thought I had TB or something!

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not
    Twitter: Jodeexi

    hahaha I TOTALLY used to do this! One of my favorite things about losing 60 + pounds and getting in shape has been the ability to walk up stairs! I no longer am filled with dread when I see a big staircase. Such a relief!

  • Bob

    Hello

    Firstly I like your description i.e. recovering fat person.

    I took great encouragement from your comments and may I
    say well done, or as we say here in Scotland ‘keep up the good work laddie’.
    I wish you well and I will add this site to my favourites.

    High regards

    Bob

    ps I think my spelling may differ slightly from yours as we english and not us english, however I am syre you understand me

    Thanks again for your share

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