Friday, November 17, 2006

Friday Quote Day

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
Plato
What a great quote, eh? That Plato was a smart guy. It brings to mind a commercial I've seen recently, where one small kindness leads to another and another and eventually someone even lets someone else in front of him in traffic. The ultimate sacrifice.

The thought came to me late last year that I needed to once and for all do something about my weight. I was unhappy and unhealthy and tired of being both. I've battled my weight since I was about 11 years old, with only two brief periods of success in more than 40 years.

God, that's depressing to write.

I started noodling around the internets for inspiration, searching for bloggers who also were working toward a healthier life and a normal weight. And I found you.

Your actions – writing about your struggles and successes – made you strong and sassy. And you inspired me to pick a plan, push myself, stay the course [oh, how I cringe at that phrase, but really, it's what we do, isn't it?] and Just Do It. Every freakin' day, we eat vegetables, pass up sweets, work up a sweat and decide that yes, it is worth all the effort. And then we do it again.

One of the first blogs I latched onto was Beth's. Man, I miss her. Her last post was July 26, in which she promised to be back mid-August. At that time she hadn't posted in almost a month, and people were getting worried about her. M@rla suggested we needed to create a missing blogger campaign, like the milk-carton missing children one.

Edited later: M@rla just commented that she didn't think she'd come up with the milk-carton suggestion. She's right, and my apologies to PQ, another of my blogging heroes. She mentioned distributing flyers for the missing in this post.

The fact that Beth is among the missing doesn't make her blog any less inspiring or powerful. I printed out her first post very early on, and still read it once in a while. She motivates and inspires me, even though she's no longer writing. I sometimes wonder if she's started a new blog and is waiting for all of us to find her again.

I'm so grateful for all of you who regularly share your triumphs and pain. You've kept me going the last couple of months while my heel has healed. Did you hear that? Healed! No more pain! I walked 1.5 miles outside yesterday and don't feel even a hint of a bruise. Not even first thing this morning, when it's always the worst.

Knowing that you have worked through injuries, strategized to deal with events, lived through vacations and holidays and celebrations, kept your sense of humor, didn't kill yourself and still lost weight proved to me that I could do it, too.

I'm not going to meet my first-of-the-year challenge to get to goal by the first of next year. But I'm 43 pounds lighter than I was last year, and I no longer feel unhappy or unhealthy. Well, hardly ever.

Thank you for that.

Okay, enough with the gratitude. It's not even Thanksgiving yet! If you, too, are looking for inspiration, I hope you've found a tiny dose here. I believe in paying it forward and passing it on.

Some of you were rather incredulous that one of the TBL contestants could have lost 20 pounds in one week. His progress chart is here. He'd had a small gain the previous week, and probably doubled his laxative dose.

KIDDING!

Mr. Shrinking Knitter reminded me that the morbidly obese can and do lose massive amounts of weight from week to week, and also the contestants' full-time jobs at the ranch are to eat right and work out. I will admit right here and right now that I don't want to sweat that much.

The winner of the bracelet has been chosen and notified. Thanks to everyone for entering the contest. To all who entered, check your e-mail for a consolation prize.

8 comments:

M@rla said...

I remember hearing somewhere about the day-to-day of TBL contesants, and they spend FIVE HOURS a day exercising! You put it right: that is their job, for the duration of the show, so that's how they can show such massive losses.

I've watched a couple episodes of this season, but I never seen it before - I totally hate hate hate reality shows, but of course I have some particular interest in this one. What I wonder is how people do after the contest is over? How do they do in real life, when exercise has to be squeezed in after work and meals are on the fly? I would feel so badly for anyone who lost 80 pounds in a couple months and then had to go back to real life and couldn't maintain it.

M@rla said...

p.s. I don't think I'm the one who suggested milk cartons for missing bloggers - at least, I don't remember saying that. It's pretty funny, though!

Debbi said...

TBL is the only 'reality' show I've watched, and this is the first season I've watched from the beginning. I like to see the last few American Idol episodes, just so I know who everyone's talking about.

The TBL website at NBC.com offers updates of the contestants, but my computer is soooo slow – damned dial-up – that the site is wonky and I usually lose patience waiting for stuff to load.

And you're right, M@rla, about my missing blogger error. I corrected the post.

Anonymous said...

You gave me something else to focus on this Thanksgiving! Instead of what to cook, what to eat, what not to eat, can I exerise before/after.... blah blah blah (the worries roll in my head).... I can focus on being GRATEFUL. Grateful for the 75+ pounds I've lost since January, grateful that I still can find the determination to keep going, grateful that I have so much inspiration from my friends and family, grateful that I have your blog to read.
Jeanette

Dee said...

Yah Debbi - great post! Our stories are similar. Isn't it sad that we've spent so much time (since around age 11) thinking/worrying about WEIGHT? I do believe that slow weight loss is the best - you practice maintainance while you go along. I've done the quick weight loss and it doesn't last. I'd like to see a TBL 2 yrs. down the road show - and see where they're at. I wish success for all losers, but unfortunately, many gain it back. KOKO!

PastaQueen said...

Congrats on your foot!

I think our relationships with our blogs are like any relationships. Some people go hot and heavy and then break-up. Other's keep it going to years and years. Who knows how long we'll blog? Will I still be weight loss blogging 10 years from now? Maybe if I regain weight and have to lose it again, but can I really talk about maintenance for another decade? I have no idea. I suppose I could always start up another blog, but I think blogs do have expiration dates, we just don't know when they are.

Stretch said...

Great Post!

Vickie said...

January 30th 2001 (Yes, I started at the beginning and am reading) DietGirl lost 21 pounds in a week. Now, it might be that when I read further, she will say it was a mistake or something. . .