Every so often, some thought or other that lands on SDP rates the comment ďthis gives me hope.Ē That got me to thinking: what exactly DOES give us all hope?
For me, itís seeing that someone Ė anyone Ė has maintained a weight loss of any amount for longer than 20 minutes. It shows me that maintenance is possible. And if this person has managed to do it without suffering, thereís even MORE hope!
There are other things Ė and Iíll list them, otherwise itíll be too boring to read:
ē Seeing that others have been able to increase their exercise challenge, whether itís from walking around the block to walking two miles, or trying a new piece of gym equipment [bonus points for not falling off or breaking a nail on it!], or having an adventure, like whitewater rafting.
ē Learning the wonderful, tasty, healthful food options that others come up with Ė makes me realize that the world of good food is not closed to any of us, no matter what program we choose
ē Reading that someone has learned to identify a trigger and then manages to de-fuse it Ė change is possible
Hereís a secret. I still havenít had the enormous apron of skin removed. Between work and mom, and my own body balance and image issues, itís had to take a back seat. But this is the year that itíll happen, but near the end of the year. It has to Ė there are too many problems with it. Iíll confess to being scared, and not with the actual surgery. The fear focuses on AFTERWARDS, when I wonít look FAT any longer. Iíll simply be a tall, large woman with really big bones [yes, that part is really true]. How will I define myself then? How will I live?
But, from all Iíve learned here, there is truly HOPE that Iíll come through it just fine. The tools weíve all shared, the wisdom, the strength, have given me courage and a can-do optimism (on most days, that is!).
So many of you have survived and are living well, in every sense of the word. Thank you.