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Today someone said I was

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Today I was talking with a co-worker who is going to have stomach reduction surgery in November. He was telling me that he was going to need some more time for himself as he dealt with the appointments, and counseling, and emotions of taking this step. As we talked, I made some comment about how hard it is to not eat, to lose weight. And he said, "What are you talking about, you are as skinny as a stick." And instead of denying it like I usually would (because right now, I'm not even at 'healthy weight' according to my BMI--6 more pounds to go.) Instead I said, "Thank you for saying that, because I work so hard at this." He said, "You do, I always think that it is easy for thin people." So I told him about how I bike from 1.5 to 2 hours--almost every day. And I told him how hard it was during the winter, when I gained back weight I had worked so hard to lose. And how I had fought back against discouragement--not to be skinny, but to be healthy. And I told him, he deserved the chance of good health, and a good life, that his weight loss surgery will give him. I told him what a good choice it was to take time for himself, because I could not have done this without deciding that I was worth the time it took. And he thanked me for telling him a story about how hard work paid off, because "I'm so committed to making this work."

So it felt good in lots of ways to be called "skinny" today.
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    It was nice that you shared your tremenduous efforts and hard work to lose your weight. Although surgery is available for a lot of people but these people also need to realize that it will still take hard work and dedication to continueon to healthier life style.

    You will be a true inspiration for him to continue on with his efforts and perhaps a confidant as well.

    4096 days ago
  • SLCB1023
    Opportuntites to share our stories and provide motivation for someone else are everywhere. We just need to look. I am glad you were able to share with someone. It is a great feeling to pass on the Spark. emoticon
    4096 days ago
  • CHRYS13
    You did such a great job in sharing your journey with your co-worker. emoticon on the compliment, and glad to read that you're on a healthy journey!
    4100 days ago
    Good for you hun! Remember those compliments. It'll help motivate you more.

    Congrats on being skinny :)

    4100 days ago
  • DLH41054
    Good for you! I am enjoying this journey to 'healthy' as well. I hope you will help him and motivate him throughout his long journey. Thanks for sharing.
    4100 days ago
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