Blogs Are Stupid

Doesn't anyone believe in Dear Diary anymore? What happened to the joy of putting actual pen to paper? And why does every ordinary Jane and John think they can write well enough to burden the world with their scribblings? It’s a mystery that badly needs solving. My first entry contains my thoughts about blogging and will set your expectations. The rest will probably be stream of consciousness garbage, much like you’ll find on any other blog. Perhaps we will both come away enlightened.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Magic Potion

The other day in the grocery store, I ran into an acquaintance I hadn't seen in a couple of years. We used to see each other regularly because our boys attended the same school and played ball for the same park. But then they moved on to different high schools and Pubescent One decided to take a break from baseball in favor of seeking gainful employment; the ultimate goal being...WHEELS.

I said hello to her and watched her struggle to figure out who I was. Then her jaw dropped.

I have to tell you in all honesty, that NEVER gets old.

She exclaimed over my transformation and then asked the question I've grown used to hearing over and over.

"But how did you do it?"

This is always an awkward moment for me. Because some people are genuinely interested. Some people are really looking for answers. But some people are just being polite. And some people? Some people want me to tell them that it was magic; a pill, a shake, a shot. Some people want to hear something, anything other than the unvarnished truth of the matter. So I never really quite know how to answer that question.

I noted that she had gained weight; quite a bit in fact. So I thought she might be one of those looking for a solution. I told her about Weight Watchers. I told her about Zumba. While I was speaking, I saw the hope in her eyes die. I had guessed wrong. She wasn't seeking answers, she was seeking salvation. She had her heart set on a magic elixir that would melt the very flesh from her bones and restore her body to it's formerly taut and youthful state.

I don't understand why people ask me when they don't really want to hear the answer.

The truth is this:

I ate less. I learned how to make healthy choices and control my portions. I made exercise a priority in my life (that's the one people really hate to hear). I learned to regard being strong and fit as it's own reward and not just the byproduct of burning calories. I stopped looking at eating healthy as a means to an end and began to look at it as a new and lasting lifestyle. And I kept going week after week, even when the scale didn't always seem to reflect the effort I was putting in. I celebrated small victories as though they were huge triumphs. I learned how to suffer setbacks gracefully and move on. I learned that it's all up to me. And and on the weeks that I faltered and that scale told the tale, I learned to lay the blame at my own doorstep. Accountability can be a real bitch, but it keeps you honest.

It's hard work. It's balance. It's perserverance. It's sacrifice. Sometimes it's denial. Sometimes it's being grumpy because you really want a damned cookie, but you've already exceeded your intake for the day. It's learning to live with the grumpy and understanding that you can't feed every negative thought or feeling away. It's figuring out that food is not your friend or your lover or your confidant or your shrink.

It's HARD, folks. Damned hard. One reason I became a Zumba instructor and that I plan to become a Weight Watchers leader is that I don't EVER want to have to do this again.

But has it been worth it?

God yes.

"Worth it" doesn't begin to express how I view the journey that I have experienced. I'm aware that describing it as a  "journey" is terribly hackneyed and hopelessly cliche, but it really and truly has been one. I  learned a lot more than how to lose weight. I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to. The victory over my body gave me the courage and the confidence to conquer a lot of other demons as well. I have grown as I have shrunk. And though it was a long and arduous road to get where I am today, I would have missed so, so much if I hadn't walked it.

So if you ask me how I did it, I'll tell you, with the caveat that you may not like the answer. I could lie to you...I lied to myself for long enough. But I wouldn't do you the same disservice that I did myself.

If you're fat, you're going to die a premature death from heart disease, diabetes, stroke or other obesity related illnesses. That's not hyperbole. That's not a scare tactic. It's plain truth.

But you can fix it. Right now. Today. I know it's a scary thing. I know it seems impossible. But you can.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. " ~Lao Tzu

Click here for the magic potion.

14 Comments:

  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger flutter said…

    you are a better woman than I.

     
  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger Blog Antagonist said…

    No way Jose.

     
  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger the only daughter said…

    I'm taking the first step, for the hundredth time. ;-)

    Seriously, I recognize the hard work and applaud you, daily.

    *I* will get there, wherever my *there* is, too. Whew, there, I said it.

    Kudos to you for your accomplishment and even moe, for spreading the word.

     
  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger Blog Antagonist said…

    YAY! Good for you D. Let me know if I can help. I will do ANYTHING I can for you.

     
  • At 8:11 PM, Blogger Stefanie said…

    Can I just say thank you?! I think you have just given me the kick in the ass I need. For so long I have been full of excuses- I just had a baby! But with a first birthday looming dangerously close, it just doesn't cut it anymore. So, thank you. I hope to be able to share my successes with you soon.

     
  • At 9:28 PM, Blogger Margaret said…

    I love this post! There are no magic answers to anything; life(and losing weight) are just a lot of work and commitment to be the best we can. I applaud you. Can you hear me clapping in WA? :)

     
  • At 9:07 AM, Blogger Amy Y said…

    My standard response to that question (you're right! it never gets old!) is: I ate less and I moved more. Short, simple and true. If they wanted more details, I'd give more...

    You're so awesome... I'm really proud of what you've done for yourself and your family!

     
  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger merinz said…

    Well said. I am still on that journey, but wavering.

     
  • At 6:07 PM, Blogger heidig said…

    Good for you! You deserve it.

     
  • At 3:15 PM, Blogger Just Words On A Page said…

    71.2 lbs down. Still sidelined from Zumba due to an injury and still 175 lbs to go. But I am doing it. One day at a time. One meal at a time. One pound at a time. I am so proud of you, you do know you were my inspiration to all of this. I am not sure why it was you -- but I will share with you that I put my need and desire to be healthier to my higher power and my higher power led me to you.

    Amazing eh?

    Can't wait to share with you (privately) the before and after photos when I get to goal. xoxo

     
  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger Blog Antagonist said…

    You. Kick. Ass.

    It's weird to think of myself as anybody's inspiration, but if it's workin' for you, then I'm glad to be whatever you need me to be. You know where to get in touch with me, anytime and I MEAN that.

    You've got the right attitude, so I know I'll be seeing those before and after photos and MY jaw will be dropping. :?)

     
  • At 11:45 AM, Blogger slouchy said…

    "I have grown as I have shrunk."

    Love that. You're an inspiration. Make no mistake.

     
  • At 11:38 AM, Blogger nina michelle said…

    you are right in everything you say. if one listen to every new "diet" plan craze, they always say "exercise regularly". of course, they put that at the very end so you don't really HAVE to deal with it. there is no way other than those you stated to lose weight.

    i am so proud of you pooks!

     
  • At 10:57 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    As a budding writer myself, I am ENTHRALLED with your blog!! I love your style and voice. It's easily readable and highly entertaining. Wonderful wonderful wonderful! :-)

    I wish I could share this post with some of my college girlfriends. I know better, but I still keep hoping for that magic potion. Crazy, isn't it?!

     

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