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A Measure of Success

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Weight loss success can be measured in so many different ways. As a former scale addict, I need to constantly remind myself of this. Sometimes it obvious like smaller clothing sizes, or inches lost on the tape measure, Sometimes it's subtle...

When my daughter was in college 6 years ago, for my birthday, she used her OWN money and bought me a very pretty little necklace with three hearts - a rose gold heart flanked by a gold heart on either side. This wasn't gold plated costume jewelry, but actual gold. Very delicate. She knew that I didn't like gaudy and I'm somewhat of an elitest when it comes to jewelry.
I loved it!

I couldn't wear it! My neck was so fat that I couldn't even wear it as a snug choker. The ends wouldn't even meet around my neck so I could fasten it.
I was heart broken. She was in Michigan so she didn't see me often and didn't realize that I couldn't wear it. That was just one of the many final straws that I had to convince me that I needed to get the weight off for good.

Two years later I sought out the necklace that I had carefully wrapped back in the tissue paper and tucked in the back of my undie drawer for safe keeping...

I never take it off now and it serves as a reminder to me as how far I came with taking off the weight AND --
How special my daughter is!

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