Thursday, September 05, 2013
Yesterday was the first day the entire faculty sat together for a meeting at school. It's been about two months since we've all been together and is always full of the "welcome back", "how was your summer", and "you look great" comments so I knew there would be comments about my weight. Some were extremely surprising - a biology teacher told me I'm an inspiration and a math teacher told me he didn't recognize me because I look so much younger. Both of which were great to hear. They had been invested in my weight loss from last spring and invest in their own healthy lifestyles so the understanding was simple: I worked hard, educated myself, and am proving it's just that simple.
Now I know that seeing someone everyday you tend to not realize weight loss/gain immediately and by the end of last school year I had lost somewhere in the high 50s of weight with very few folks noticing - not that I expected them to. As of yesterday I have lost 78 pounds. People noticed. And some for the first time, which brought them to this question:
"What's your secret?"
When I responded with exercise, proper nutrition, and portion control, it was followed by one of three comments:
"So you starved yourself."
"What diet plan did you use?"
"What exercise plan did you use?"
When I clarified that there wasn't a diet and do eat quite often and that I prefer to swim, strength train, and use an elliptical people looked genuinely disappointed. It was like they hoped there was some secret formula that would open the doors to weight loss for them. In fact some people said, "I do all that." And they weren't thrilled when I said, "I thought I was too." It reminded me of when I signed on with SP and how desperate I felt, but more importantly helped me realize and appreciate what I've done for myself these past few months. I took control and educated myself and continue to work on me every day, which is no secret.