Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I wrote this in a post---but wanted to "keep it" so I'm posting it also as a blog...
Ok...FINALLY...back here to attempt an answer to your so poignantly, well expressed post, Jessie. You spoke for many if not all of us on this thread. NOW...W-H-A-T do "I" wanna say???
#1 would be that I soooo HEAR YOU. And that you're not alone.
Food being Friend and Comforter and ........ ..... ...just "IS" that.
I think one thing I felt reading your words was---HOW SAD. Sad cuz you're thinkin' you have to lose your Friend. I think instead of thinking of "letting go" we need to "embrace". Food "IS" our Friend-it nourishes our body and supplies nutrients to maintain our very lives and when we feel good enough about ourselves and our body, we want the very best "fuel" for it. It can be an adventure to find combinations that "DO" taste GOOD and give us the most nutrition for our calorie and balances "buck". So instead of "giving up"...we're out to find a different way...that night you came in and talked 'bout that yummy apple you were grabbing-it made "me" want one---and I thought about it til I got to the store and got it---RED, SHINY, CRISP, SWEET---a TREAT for what I "REALLY" want. When I'm in that frame of mind-appreciating and yearning even for what I "CAN" have, and then "do"---a sense of PRIDE builds in me to go on then to the next choice...What else can I think about that truly does also speak to that YUMMINESS in me---maybe just as much as what I "thought" I was "losing"???...This week I've had wonderful meals AND stayed within what SP recommends---we'll see how I lose on Friday...but I've had tasty things that have still FED that part in me you speak of...both because they were things I DO enjoy, and because I got to eat often enough I knew it wouldn't be long till I got to have something else. And then, that tomorrow, I could have more again. I made that salad that had lots of yummy veggies so it wasn't just a boring o' salad---and it was there available to me as I needed it, all prepared. I used Lighthouse Lite Ranch and even just the 2 T covered a big cereal bowl of salad nicely when I mixed it up good-and I hd these HUGE cherry tomatoes-bigger than most cherry tomatoes-they're SOOO FULL of flavor---those added to it after the dressing, and all the veggies in it---YUMMMMM!emoticon I've had salmon, and lean ham, talapia and a six oz steak with a delectably seasoned marinade, a chicken breast stuffed with wild rice...a baked potato with much of the pulp removed adding some cottage cheese and green onion tops-much of the goodie nutrients are in the skin and that bit of 'tato I kept. I had sweet potato with that drizzle of honey and a dash of cinnamon...I've had strawberry yogurt each evening with a small banana...and...I've had 1 dark chocolate square when I've wanted a treat in the day-also, I have some yummy sugarless Werther's butterscotch hard candy-just one leaves ya knowing you've had a treat.:-)
ANYWAY-yeah----we can still have good stuff---AND---we can then have a body that we can move around in---feel good about---wear clothes we'd like to wear---yeah, it'll be awhile comin'---and food is "right now"!!!!---but---so is the sense of pride each time we choose to bank on that future prize. In the meantime, changes are happening MIRACULOUSLY inside of us we may not even realize...things change EXPONENTIALLY at our sizes in just a lil' bit of weight lost OR gained in our abilities...and health-wise our docs would tell us HOW MUCH GOOD we do for ourselves inside we don't see. And then---later---we REALLY see.
So hang in there, Jessie---and all of us...I'd like to put each name of ours in there but I for sure don't want to miss ANYONE---but seriously---read this very personally "TO YOU".
YOU ARE WORTH IT---YOU CAN MAKE IT THRU---YOU CAN HAVE WHAT YOU'VE WANTED SO LONG---AND---YOU CAN STILL have things that taste good. Eat s-l-o-w-l-y...
TRULY ENJOY---make what you do have L-A-S-T....
We can do this...and...we're HERE for each other. THAT PART is "REALLY" IMPORTANT.
Love you guys...Sherry
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A week ago last Sunday, we lost a Spark Treasure who was part of our 400(More or Less) Team for over 3 years. BIGRICK39866. He fought this obesity battle with all his heart, having gone from 978 pounds to below 675 at one point with the help of SP. Unfortunately, some tough life experiences and physical problems as well, saw him climb back up to over 900...and he lost his battle and passed away a little over a week ago. He was a Friend who dreamed BIG and wanted soooo much to help others and DID. He had dropped out of high school-but came back and courageously with a great deal of work got first his BA in Human Services...and was now WELL INTO his Master's program online for Professional Counseling.
His heart was gold.
He and I wrote daily for a very long time, and shared much. I'm broken hearted about this, but KNOW we have one who UNDERSTANDS our journey watching over us---and I KNOW God won't let that BA and MASTER's go for naught-he'll be helping us!...
I felt bad I couldn't get to the funeral...so I arranged some things here that spoke my heart. I want to share them with you.
I'd told you guys I would post the tribute to "Iz"---Somewhere over the Rainbow----
Iz was the Hawaiian singer who is SOO LOVED still---He passed away in 1997 I believe it was, also from losing this battle. He had gotten up to over 750 lbs...lost some at one point, suffered from respiratory distress alot, and finally passed in his sleep one night. I don't post these to be marose---but because we didn't get to go to a service or anything for our Friend...and these songs are beautiful and are about HOPE, and LIFE and BEAUTY and LOVE...just like our Friend---they also show what Iz's life was about-PEOPLE, and CARING...and then, in the end, it shows how people came together for his remembrance and good-bye. Another song that I so love of his is "What a wonderful world"---his rendition of it. You'll see it and can choose it if you like when you play this one.
Another is "In this life"....it "could" be taken as to a lover---but I choose to think of it as a DEAR FRIEND...and it made me cry cuz it expressed my heart...Each of these just make me think so much of Rick-even before this happened. I was so afraid for him.....but like I say-now just to help us remember the beauty of his life....
Here's the link to "Somewhere over the rainbow-be sure to watch the video..
Also....Today while I was so down, I found Celine Dion and Josh Grobin
Please "do" listen to/and watch this one-it sooo touched me....
and just one more...some VERY ENCOURAGING quotes that are beautiful to watch, too-
Also...MCDGIRL on the 40Something Team had this wonderful idea to remember and honor our Rick and she said we could share it with our 400 Team and now I share it here:
How about a pledge to lose in his honor...we could each pledge to lose a few pounds within a certain period of time...these pounds would represent the weight Rick still needed to lose. We could unite and finish his weight loss journey/goal for him.
What do you think? MCDGIRL
May we all take care of ourselves and remember HOW PRECIOUS LIFE and THIS CHANCE WE HAVE, "IS"...............................Sherry
Those wishing to contact Rick's family:
P.O Box 113
Morgan, Georgia 39866Rick was also on Facebook-Richard Perrine
Monday, February 09, 2009
I just hope lots of my dear new Friends from the other day who so honored for my "Spark Motivator of the day will see this and stop by BIGRICK39866 Sparkpage
and congratulate him for having FINISHED HIS WORK for his B.A at home today! This is his Graduation Day and he is SOOO PROUD. He's overcome obstacles you wouldn't BELIEVE to do this and I am just SWELLING WITH PRIDE to call him FRIEND. Beyond this degree he has earned today, he has also lost 200 pounds-there was a point he was 987 lbs. He's put his whole heart into this work and is an incomparable Friend. Thank you in advance for going to congratulate this VERY SPECIAL PERSON we all share here at SP! That addy again is BIGRICK39866
I hope you're all ready for a really great week! HUGS!---Sherry
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