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Starting the Biggest Loser Challenge

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

So, I've started a new Biggest Loser Challenge. And, starting has been...well, a challenge. I have been maintaining my level of fitness through the summer--walking as much as I can, eating healthy, etc. But it's been hard starting an actual challenge where I have to be held accountable to a near stranger who weighs me in and takes my measurements every other week. I'm five days into the challenge and I think I gained two lbs already. And, when I'm working out, I can't help but feeling that it's not making a difference.

I know it's all an emotional problem. See, I've never been this thin in my life. And, the idea that I'm about to break out of the "obese" category in only 8 more lbs is scary. I've been obese my entire life. It's just something I've learned to accept. And, now I'm about to break out of here.

And then there's the comments. When one of my husband's co-workers found out I was joining the Biggest Loser Competition, she said, "Why? She doesn't even have any weight to lose! She's skinny enough already!" Well, no. I'm not! I'm technically obese. I have 35 lbs to go to my goal weight--the upper end of the healthy weight range. And, if people only knew how far I've come. It's been a long, hard journey going from 245 to 171. It's a journey I never want to take again. But, the thing is, I'm still on this journey. I have at least 35 lbs to go. I'm 2/3 of the way there. I want to complete this journey so I can look back and be thankful for where I've come from. To be able to look back and thank God for bringing me through it. And, to be able to look forward to a healthier life. Not only for myself, but for my family as well. I'm breaking the chain of obesity in my family, so that my children and grandchildren might have healthier, happier lives. It's more than just losing a couple of lbs. It's changing the course of history.
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    In the words of my son...You'll find your "brave." Maintenance seems to have become a good routine for you. Don't focus on the labels. Just remember that you thrive with challenge and even more with competition. Lose the next couple of pounds and know that you have already set a great foundation for maintaining what you have achieved. (And YES, YOU achieved it!!)

    And while comments can be misinformed, stupid, and/or hurtful. Remember that they are made no matter what your size is. You have survived people's comments all your life. These are just a new set aimed at new circumstances.

    AND I THINK YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL! Your dh thinks it even more. The people who count are here to support you and lift you up. All others (and their comments) are just peripheral.
    3452 days ago
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