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How a blind man sees my weight loss

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I have a legally blind client whose macular degeneration has completely clouded one eye and left him only a slit in the other. His dog goes more nuts when she hears my car come in the driveway than when anyone else's car arrives, so he knows who I am before I even get in the house. If I meet him at the VA hospital, he recognizes my shape from a distance. It's been a long time since I've met him at the VA. This time, he did not recognize me until I spoke. Then he was flabbergasted.

I've only lost 15 pounds since I met him! (20 since I moved to Oregon, 10 since I joined Spark). My mid-section is nearly unchanged and I've been obsessing over that fact. However, I've given little thought to how my OUTLINE has changed to a blind man. My saddlebags are gone and apparently that's how he identified me, although he was too polite to say so.

Forget for a moment how much your actual weight loss may have fallen short of your goals. How would a blind man see the change in YOUR shape? He would probably see greater change than you do. I hope the thought brightens your day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IFDEEVARUNS2 8/27/2013 2:21PM

    What a revelation!

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LE7_1234 8/24/2013 11:34PM


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FUSIONFITNESS3 8/23/2013 3:50PM

    Congrats on your NonScale Victory which it took for a blind man to point out to you.

I relate to this somewhat in that when I see the outline of my own shadow I see the difference much more than when I look in the mirror. And I've lost 60 lbs. How don't you see that in the mirror? I think, like you, I focus too much on the detail the mirror reveals about what I still want to change. The shadow however leaves out all that detail and the size and shape has certainly changed.

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DDOORN 8/23/2013 8:56AM

    It's terrific to appreciate the steps of progress that we take on our journey.

Kudos to you!


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MONIKA1948 8/22/2013 6:51PM

    What a great NSV!!! You go girl!!!! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 8/22/2013 5:42PM

    I think you win big with that NSV!! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 8/22/2013 2:14PM

    Great insight - thanks!

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GAYLLYNNE 8/22/2013 1:13PM

    How fabulous!!! Incredible!!

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FELINEBETTER 8/22/2013 12:23PM

    What a great blog! What a great compliment too! Thanks for writing this. It really does stop and and make you think.....

P.S. His dog knows a good person when he sees one! heheh emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 8/22/2013 12:13PM

    THAT is one helluva NSV!!!!! emoticon

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PRIZM96 8/22/2013 11:15AM

    That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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JECKIE 8/22/2013 8:58AM

    Hah! I love this. I am friends with a completely blind man who tells how my shape has changed by hugs. :) I get more compliments from him than anyone else. Sometimes 'seeing' with eyes isn't the best way to see change!

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