I was awakened by a frigid breeze one recent September morning. It's already getting cold again. I stumbled sleepily into the bathroom and tossed my night clothes into a basket as I peeled them off. Taking a deep breath, I stepped onto my scale and blinked sleepily down at the digital display. Smiling to myself, I recited the number over and over in my mind. I had lost sixty-five pounds in ten months. After spending most of my childhood and all of my adulthood on various diets, it didn't seem entirely real. What was different this time?
My newfound strength, drawn from coats that would not fit, has helped me in countless other aspects in my life. For the first time I feel very comfortable with who I am and with what I will never be. I'll go shopping for a new winter coat today…and an expensive pair of size twelve jeans. I will feel the eyes of others watching me. And I will watch back.
Thanks to Spark People for helping me along the way.
Editor's Note: SparkPeople would like to thank Lauren (LAURUMZ) for sharing her inspirational story with our members! You can follow along with Lauren's progress by visiting her SparkPage or subscribing to her blog.