I get very inspired by spark stories of people who have lost large amounts of weight. I find that very inspiring - it shows such persistence on their part, and encouragement for me. I include among my spark friends some that have lost 50 and 100 lbs. And I find that very inspiring - thank you ladies!
However, I discovered on my recent trip back to see family in Ontario that I also have inspiration closer to home - but I never realized it. When I was talking to my 82 year old mother (about spark of course!), she said that when she talked to doctors, they never believed that she had lost 100 lbs. I looked at her - I hadn't realized that she had lost 100 lbs. But she did.
Since I was in my teens, until a few years ago, she was always trying to lose weight. She went to diet center, the original weight watchers (all fish and tomatoes) and later the other versions of weight watchers. And she did lose some weight - about 30 lbs, and then it stopped. Later on, on her own, she just decided to eat less. She decided to eat til full and then stop. Brilliant idea, but how many of us do it? Because she is a visual eater (like me) she would put a napkin over the remaining food on the plate if eating out. And this worked!
I knew that she had lost a lot of weight over the years, but it had not clicked, even for me, that she had lost 100 lbs. But she did! At her highest she was 235, and she has been 135 for years. 100 lbs.
So, inspiration closer to home.
Here is a photo of that lovely lady, taken on her 60th wedding anniversary last year (I think I have used this in an earlier blog)
I think that she actually did go down a little too much. As she gets older, she is maybe a little too skinny. But it is not illness skinny - this was the result of years of hard work. And I will use this as a guideline - as I go down, I will maybe not go as low as she did.
So, once again my wonderful mother is inspiration for me. It was really good to see her, and my father, again last week. Both have a myriad of physical things wrong with them, but they persist with a positive attitude. But for me the most surprising thing about this trip was that my mother was one of those people who did lose 100 lbs. It took place over time, and I just never added it up!
And she lost it, and kept it off - inspiration for us all.
If you have read this far in my blog, thank you very much.