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Self Perception

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ok, sometimes it is hard to really understand how far you have come and how different your body really is. This is because you see the gradual progression and in your mind your own visual perceptions don't always change with your clothing sizes.

Last night I was grocery shopping in the cereal aisle when a lady in an electric scooter crossed my path. She was looking at oatmeal products, as I was. I asked her if I could assist her in reaching anything. She gratefully told me the flavor she wanted and also mentioned she had to read every label these days since she was on Weight Watchers. I told her I could relate to that. Her response almost took my breath away- "But you are small already!" I smiled graciously I hope and then I told her that I haven't always been "small". That I had lost over 85 lbs! When she asked in amazement how I had done that, I told her about Sensa! She said she had seen Sensa but hadn't been sure it could work. I assured her it did and that I would even be featured as a testimony for Sensa on ShopNBC this weekend!

It is hard to put to words how this "by chance" conversation impacted me. For someone to only see me as I am now and not as an "after weight-loss" or "Sensa Success Story" was an eye opening moment for sure.

This last weekend was a real treat to me too, and I only just realized how much my life has changed. I used to be a loyal Lane Bryant customer, having been in their size ranges probably all of my adult life! I rarely shopped in other stores for myself. So when Sensa called last week and asked me to join them on ShopNBC this weekend, I realized I needed a few new things to make the trip! So I asked my BFF to a shopping date and dinner.

A quick back story... my BFF is easily the smallest person I know, at a whole 105 lbs maybe dripping wet I suspect, and hope she doesn't beat me for mentioning it (Love ya!). I have joked lightly the whole time I have been on Sensa that I would need to lose "her" basically to get to my goal but even when I get to my goal, I will be "her & 1/2 still". But as BFFs do, she has taken this ribbing in stride! (I hope!) So in the past, us shopping together has rarely meant shopping "together". It was always... her in one store and me in another and each of us waiting to approve the others choices. The only joint shopping we could do was at Bath and Body Works!

So back to our shopping date. We met at JCPenney's and shopped and tried on clothes TOGETHER! We then ventured on to New York & Company and shopped there TOGETHER! We had a very lovely dinner that neither of us had to share with our children or eat cold because of bathroom breaks! It was a totally lovely evening, one in which I am not sure I have ever fully experienced or appreciated before! And one I hope to have repeatedly in the future, even if less often than we might both like!

Anyway, once again I am at a loss for words to describe the appreciation and gratitude I feel for the new lease on life I have! Thank You Sensa! And thanks so much to my friends and family that have supported me! Especially to my darling husband who eats what I cook, will cook for us when needed and grants me enough time most evenings for my workouts! And to my darling children who love to see me try on new dresses for them and are always full of adoring compliments!


P.S. Note to self, you aren't big anymore even if you aren't quite small yet!
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  • SWEETPEA0214
    Wendy - I am so happy to read that you are finally seeing yourself as others see you. You are beautiful. I can't wait to see you this weekend on SHOPNBC.

    2671 days ago
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