Very seriously celebrating a 75 pound weight loss
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Weekly weight loss 7.6 pounds on the digital scale at my Weight Watchers meeting for a grand total of 75 pounds. Same scale, same leader, different numbers! That's what the scale said yesterday, but for today it is only to acknowledge and move on because life goes on. With a huge abdominal hernia my clothing size doesn't go down very much below the waist, and I'm in a wheelchair, so my biggest victory is at the scale. For me, YES, IT IS ABOUT THE SCALE. I celebrate my ability to say that the numbers count, even though it's such an unpopular stance to take these days. If I've gained anything else from this most recent 11 year weight loss journey, it's how to weather the plateaus, persevere in spite of all the weight gains along the way, and have confidence in my ability to succeed in spite of the odds. I've also gained a self-taught education in nutrition and to some degree, psychology.
This has to be my final go-round. I don't have decades to eat and lose all over again. As the game show on TV asks, "Is that your final answer?" Yes, this is my final answer and I've got to get it right this time. My health and life depend on it. In the past when I dropped a hundred pounds, I could have the fun of putting it back on again with cheats here and binges there. This is serious business to me now.
Finally, I'm not doing this for anyone else but me.
Finally, I come first.
Finally I can say "NO," and mean it, even if the other guy doesn't like it.
I don't mean to sound harsh, as I don't ever want to be rude to anyone, and I understand that many offerings are made with love, and requests are actually expressions of a need for help, but I have begun to learn how to discern if something is really within my means and ability to do what is requested, or indulge the food offering. My late mother-in-law had a saying "Too soon old, and too late smart." I never forgot those words as they became more meaningful over the years. May she rest in peace. She understood the bottom line, and now, I do too!