Sudden Realization

I have been so focused on this leg of my weight release program –that is, releasing the last 10, that I sort of lost sight of the fact that in the last three and a half years, I have let go of close to 40 pounds! I’m not sure why I was thinking about it, but it hit me this morning walking into town. I just stood there. I then reflected on and celebrated the accomplishment that actually was.

I also realized why it is that people whom I haven’t seen lately (or that I see only rarely, but who nonetheless have a fixed notion of what I’m supposed to look like) seem so genuinely shocked when they see me. I tend to blow them off, because to me the changes have been minor; they seem minor because I’ve been working on this for a heck of a long time. And for the most part — give or take a few notable setbacks — the progress has been slow and steady.

Trying to get a little perspective on this, I pulled out my “bra and underwear/before” pictures that were taken in February 2007 — scary! All I have to say about that is, go me! (That, and I hope to God no one ever hacks into my computer!) Hidden tip: if you haven’t been keeping pictorial evidence of your weight release efforts, start! One, it’s a great motivator. Two, and perhaps more importantly, it can be a valuable reality check for when the changes slow down to a seemingly invisible crawl!

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