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Starting Weight Mid-Way to Goal: 2010 Current: 2013
In the time since May 2009 I have radically changed my life. In March 2012 I reached my goal weight, losing about 50% of my starting weight. I like to say I'm half the girl I used to be!
In 2008 my doctor told me I was a candidate for gastric bypass. It is the right choice for some people, but I knew it wasn't right for me. I hate to sound like a commercial, but Weight Watchers has really taught me how to make good choices. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle. Activity is a huge part of my life now as well. I'm more active than I have ever been. I love water aerobics. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. I take walks at work.
In August 2010 I hit a very special milestone. For the first time since I was a child, I am officially out of obesity range in terms of my BMI. This was more emotional than I can possibly express. I remember being 11 years old and all the kids in school were sent down to the nurse to be weighed. The nurse wrote something on a slip of paper, folded it in half, and handed it to me to give to my teacher. On that slip was written the word "OBESE." I knew what that word meant, and it hurt. For many many years I would wear that word around my neck like an albatross. In some insidious ways I let it define me. No more. That word is gone from my life forever.If you had known me only 3 years ago, this all would be truly astonishing. I was completely unmindful about what I ate. I'm not a dumb person - I knew my penchant for Ben & Jerry's, pasta, burgers, etc. was not good for me. But I decided not to care. I disowned any responsibility for my health, my body, my life. This was not new - I have been big for so long, since being a sad and lonely little girl in a dysfunctional family who used food for comfort. Food for companionship, really. I am truly lucky to have a wonderful husband who has loved me no matter what my size or shape, but at the risk of sounding totally cliche, I did not love myself. I did not value myself. It is a huge gift that I am finally learning to do that for the first time in my life. My only regret is that it took so long to get here.