Saturday, January 26, 2013
Hubby came home from work yesterday with a great story. He told me that one of their Customer Service Representatives (CSR's as he calls them) ran into him at work yesterday and told him about an encounter she had with another University employee, who she noticed, had lost some weight. The weight loser told the CSR that she had noticed someone walking around campus outside her window for a while. Then one day this person stopped into their office to chat. She & her co-worker were surprised to discover it was a person they had known for over 20 years. They didn't recognize her because she had lost so much weight. Then the CSR told my hubby, "It was your wife!"
I worked next door to two women for many years and had occasional contact with them about various work-related matters over the years. One day, on my walk around campus, I walked into their office which was in the building next door, and we talked. They had both gained some weight over the years, as we tend to do, and were impressed with my weight loss. One of the women retired a few months before me. But the other one told the CSR yesterday that she was inspired by what I had done, and she has lost weight too.
As we make our way through this journey to lose weight and keep it off, I wonder how many people are affected and perhaps inspired by us that we never even hear about? I have certainly put myself out there repeatedly, appearing on national TV, on local radio, in the newspapers, in cookbooks and now soon a national magazine. I was reading about Women's World Magazine yesterday. The magazine doesn't have much of an on-line edition, other than a link to enter their contests, but they DO have a circulation of over 1.6 million people. I'm sure the Today Show also has a lot of viewers. I got a few letters and phone calls after my appearance on the Today Show and the article that appeared in our local paper just before that, from women who said they wanted to talk to me, that they needed to make changes in their lives too. I also got some notes from people who were just happy for me. I tried to get in contact with all of them. I hope I could help in some way.
I always said the shame and guilt I feel for getting all this attention simply because I let myself get morbidly obese and then lost the weight, is worth it, if I can help others change their lives too. And evidently at least one person has been inspired enough by what I did, to make changes in their own lives. That feels good!!