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What superpower would you choose?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On the way to work this morning I was thinking about that game we sometimes play as kids. You know, the one where you get to pick a single superpower. Would you rather be able to fly, or maybe be invisible? Because people who write Wikipedia articles apparently have too much time on their hands (perhaps that’s their superpower), there’s a whole organized list of superpowers, here:
and_abilities_in_fiction mother always DID say that I was impossible... LOL

There are powers that aren’t on that list, though.

When I was 335.6 lbs (or even possibly more, since I didn’t weigh myself regularly so who knows), I probably would have actually thought about it if someone had offered me the power to get the weight off, in exchange for, say, my right arm. I doubt I would have agreed to the deal, but I would have actually considered it. I suppose you could consider this a specific type of shapeshifting.

If you’d asked the 335.6 me whether I’d prefer the power to GET 186 lbs off, or the power to KEEP 186 lbs off, I think I would have chosen the second one.

Because I’d have figured it takes a certain amount of effort to get the weight off, and then you’re done with the losing part. But keeping it off kind of goes on forever, until you die. And I’d lost 100+ lbs once before in my life, so I knew it could be done. What I hadn’t ever managed to do was KEEP that weight off.

So I was thinking about this today, and I considered the fact that most superpowers have a cost. At least in the comic books Stan Lee created. Maybe not as extreme as giving up your right arm, but perhaps the need to recharge before using them again, or a little ritual or something to keep being able to use them. You know, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

So what would have been a reasonable cost for the superpower that allowed me to keep off 186 lbs? Having to, say, sleep 11 hours a night? Or regularly visit a guru deep in a city sewer for special meditation sessions?

And then of course my rational brain finally stepped in to these musings and said, “gotcha!”

Because the fact is that I DO have the “superpower” to keep off this 186 pounds. And I've been using it for nearly three years. And it DOES have a cost. Right now the cost is tracking my food and nutrients, working hard on my strength training and conditioning, continuing to focus on *why* I want to stay this size, building tools and incentives in the maintenance team here on this site (like the maintenance challenges, celebrating maintenance anniversaries, compiling a maintenance hall of fame) , etc.

So yeah. There it is. I am actually exercising a superpower. And as a result, I’m living out my own personal graphic novel, as my own real-life avatar, having adventures I could have only dreamed of, back when I weighed 335.6 lbs.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
VTRICIA 5/16/2013 12:52AM

    I noticed the links to your blog searches in your sig and decided to resume the stalking. I guess the superpower I need is a way to tell people who think they know all about nutrition that I used to think that too and I was dead wrong! Without offending them.

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6BALLMAN 10/22/2012 4:28PM

    Nice write up. Congrats on your progress and continued success.

BTW - if I were choosing a super power it would be the ability to make everyone ahead of me in a checkout line aware that there are other people in the world.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 10/20/2012 11:18AM

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/19/2012 2:13PM

    Great blog

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/19/2012 1:00PM

    Exercising a super power. I see what you did there.

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MKELLY72 10/19/2012 11:48AM

    I love this perspective!

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DDOORN 10/19/2012 9:52AM

    Great perspective shift! Not there yet, will celebrate when I do, but in the meantime I am celebrating YOUR success along with so many others @ A G & M! :-)


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KATHIC2 10/19/2012 8:49AM

  Outstanding blog and insight! I hope you keep writing from time to time. You inspire me to get out and have an adventure!

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BOOKWORM27S 10/19/2012 7:54AM

    Excellent blog!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/19/2012 7:06AM

    Great blog! Very interesting, motivating perspective!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/19/2012 2:55AM

    What an emoticon perspective!

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NEW-CAZ 10/19/2012 2:51AM

    Great blog! You are amazing emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 10/18/2012 10:26PM

    You are Super!

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PHEBESS 10/18/2012 8:35PM

    Fabulous photo that proves your blog!!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/18/2012 8:16PM

    Wonderful blog! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 10/18/2012 6:10PM

    Thanks for the reminder it is a lifestyle change not a destination.

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LESLIELENORE 10/18/2012 6:07PM

    There is always a cost, but it is worth it. I don't think I would want a superpower, except being able to do ordinary things well... on a regular basis. You are amazing!

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MPLSLINDA 10/18/2012 5:02PM

    I LOVE this post. What a powerful story and a reminder to all of us who are still in the weight loss phase that we are superheroes in training. This is such a positive and powerful way to think about this journey. Thank you. Sincerely.

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