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I Gave More Than Blood ...

Sunday, June 08, 2014

This week, I donated blood at the American Red Cross. They send a mobile unit to our office so it makes it easy for me to participate. The woman who did my stick was emoticon at her job! And I have plenty of experience being stuck for blood to judge her skills.

As she stood talking with me, the conversation turned to weight as she told me that she now weighs 260 pounds but she's down from just over 300 pounds and she's stuck there. I thought it was interesting that we got to a conversation about weight because I didn't bring it up. I smiled at her sweetly and said, "You can do this and I know that because I started my weight loss journey at 300 pounds." I am so happy that she'd already stuck me! She gasped and threw her hands over her mouth! We had all the attention in the mobile unit for a couple of moments. LOL!

My new friend got herself together quickly and told everyone that things were fine and we continued our discussion with her saying, "But you are so thin now!" Well, I wouldn't consider myself thin, but I'm a long way from 300 pounds and I wear clothes that flatter and hide my imperfections. I did appreciate her kind compliment.

As I continued to donate, we continued to discuss weight loss and exercise. I was able to share with her some of my journey and she was able to think of some new things that she may be able to incorporate into her life. Perhaps she'll be able to restart her weight loss and journey on. She's at that point where she's had a lot of life changes and weight loss has been on the back burner but it's now time to move it to the front and make herself a priority in her life. Haven't we each been there?!

It always pleases me when my path crosses someone who needs that little boost that my weight loss journey can give them. I've heard that God never wastes a hurt and truly, He's not wasting the hurts of my morbid obesity. I'm so glad about that!

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