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5 Positive Truths Only Plus-Sized People Would Understand

5 Positive Truths Only Plus-Sized People Would Understand

As someone who has spent the first 25 years of my own life as a plus-sized person, and then losing over 125 pounds – I can tell you that there are many appalling things I figured out from living on both sides, but there are also certain positive truths that only a plus-sized person would really understand and appreciate about being heavier than the average person.

1. They don’t notice and aren’t generally bothered by a 5 pound weight loss or gain.

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    Sure, they think about going on a diet from time to time, but an unexpected five pound loss or gain does not physically show on the outside of a plus-sized person’s body. Unless they are constantly monitoring their weight on a bathroom scale, they usually have no idea and don’t care about a minimal loss or gain. Many body-image obsessed people are filled with anxiety every single day over any change in their weight, but plus-sized people generally aren’t troubled about it. They look in the mirror each day and see the same person every time. Five pounds is not a big deal that they freak over out and compulsively worry about.

    2. They use their minds and hard work to earn the respect of others.

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      It’s no lie that having good looks has it’s advantages, but those of us who were not so fortunate had to work hard and use our brains to achieve any sort of success. This determination and sense of responsibility shaped us into stronger individuals. Successful plus-sized individuals are some of the most passionate, diligent people you will ever encounter. Despite popular believe, overweight people are not lazy just because they are a bigger size. Their bigger size only means that they often have to work twice as hard to get what their slimmer counterparts get at an easier price. This can be a good thing because it builds character that many average-sized folks probably lack.

      3. They have a thick skin.

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        Let’s face it, if they grew-up overweight like I did, they got bullied and pick on by kids and adults alike. They grew used to the name calling and farm animal sounds being made in their direction. They learn early that not everyone is going to like them, and they accept it. It’s not that they expected to be insulted at any given moment – it’s just that when it happens, it is not a surprise that shocks and hurts them as much as an average-sized person might be hurt by it.

        4. They have a great sense of humor.

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          For many plus-sized people, the only way to get positive attention and make people happy is to be the funny guy or gal. And they tend to be the funniest people that you’ll ever know. They are so incredibly talented with their skill to make others laugh, they should seriously have their own prime time comedy sitcom. Everyone loves someone who can make them laugh until they cry or pee their pants. Plus-sized people own this skill better than most normal sized people.

          5. They aren’t bothered by going out to eat in public.

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            They can eat whatever they want and not be bother by what other people think. They are used to people frequently giving them looks of judgement anyways. If they make an attempt to eat healthfully, onlookers gawk; if they eat terribly, people continue to think they’re slowly killing themselves. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t – they may as well enjoy that all-you-can-eat buffet. They also aren’t looking at calorie counts on menus and doing math in their mind to determine if their meal is going to make them gain half of a pound or not. They simply just don’t care.

            Featured photo credit: Abbie Drue via abbiedrue.files.wordpress.com

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            Last Updated on August 21, 2018

            30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

            30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

            Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

            That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

             1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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              Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

              2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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                If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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                  It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                  4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                    Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                    5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                      Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                      6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                        These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                        7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                          You never know when you might need some.

                          8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                            Get all the info you need here.

                            9. Sangria!

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                              We know what’s really important. How to here!

                              10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                                By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                                11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                                  Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                  12. DIY shower.

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                                    All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                    13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                      Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                      14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                        15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                          Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                          16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                            Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                            17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                              It’s that easy!

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                                              18. Grits repel ants.

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                                                Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                                  20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                    That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                    21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                      For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                      22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                        You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                        23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                          Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                          24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                            By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                            25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                              26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                  That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                  28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                    Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                    29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                      Get them while you can!

                                                                      30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                        With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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