Thursday, January 17, 2013
For the entirety of my teen and adult years, I have been addicted to success stories. I would purchase each Shape magazine and Half Their size People magazine issue. I would read the success stories over and over again, until I almost had them memorized. I also would watch every weight loss episode of the daily talk shows... the reasons that I would devour these like candy...They provided me with ideas on how to conquer my lifelong weight problem and they provided me with the hope that change was indeed possible.
So, it was not too surprising that once I had hit goal weight, I would want to become one of these success stories to provide hope to others.... So, I emailed some of the talk shows and even SP to become a success story....with limited success.. I did get a call from a producer of The Doctors, and was later featured on a special on weight loss.
Yet, that was it.........
I got frustrated as I heard about all of these other successful losers who did magazines and tv shows. I began to wonder what was wrong with me and my story....Maybe I did it without a gimmick...just hard work, healthy eating, and exercise...nothing new there..... Maybe 109 pounds isn't enough of a weight loss when others are losing 200 plus pounds. Then, sadly, I began to think that maybe I had gotten too thin....Silly, considering I am at a very healthy weight now....
I was getting frustrated until I began to keep hearing about a lot of these success stories who had put some of the weight back on...Maintenance is difficult enough without the added burden of people equating you with your weight loss alone. I feel really bad for people who have battled their maintenance in the limelight.
It is a lifetime battle that is for our health, plain and simple. So, I am now thankful for the relative anonymity of my weight loss success.