Thursday, January 23, 2014
I recently received an email inviting me to fill out a form to be considered a SP “success.”
I replied that they couldn’t really mean me.
Compared to the success stories I’ve read, hearing about me might elicit the response “big deal!” The reply was that yes, I should fill out the form and tell my story.
I understand that submitting a form doesn’t mean I will be chosen as a success but I just don’t feel worthy enough to even fill it out.
So I ask those of you who know me from my blogs and those who just want to comment, what would you think if I submitted a form?
Would it seem presumptuous?
Like I’m making a big deal out of nothing?
The short version:
I never dieted. I always thought and was encouraged to think that I was just fine.
I was active, enjoyed exercise, always had a gym membership, and for decades only drank water with meals and snacks.
I was also carrying around an extra 25 pounds since my mid 30s and I had carried it for 25 years.
Sparkpeople, through their resources and community support, helped me get rid of the extra weight.
I had to confront the fact that I was eating enormous amounts of food. It took 11 months to lose the weight since I was already doing all the easy stuff recommended (move more and drink water).
I’ve maintained the loss for 4 years.
I’m a success in my own mind because I admitted and faced my problem, but compared to the amazing stories here on SP, I don’t think so. Yet, I want to give back to SP since this community has given me so much.
About all I can offer is that those “tough” pounds can really be lost and perhaps it can encourage some to pay attention to gradual weight gain and take action before it gets out of hand. (Note, I’m not talking about obsessively watching for a pound or two.)
So, before I go looking for the before and after photos, I’m asking for some honest input.
Is it valuable for anyone to read about me?
If you were me, would you fill out the form?