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Inspirational? Me???

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hubby came home from work yesterday with a great story. He told me that one of their Customer Service Representatives (CSR's as he calls them) ran into him at work yesterday and told him about an encounter she had with another University employee, who she noticed, had lost some weight. The weight loser told the CSR that she had noticed someone walking around campus outside her window for a while. Then one day this person stopped into their office to chat. She & her co-worker were surprised to discover it was a person they had known for over 20 years. They didn't recognize her because she had lost so much weight. Then the CSR told my hubby, "It was your wife!"

I worked next door to two women for many years and had occasional contact with them about various work-related matters over the years. One day, on my walk around campus, I walked into their office which was in the building next door, and we talked. They had both gained some weight over the years, as we tend to do, and were impressed with my weight loss. One of the women retired a few months before me. But the other one told the CSR yesterday that she was inspired by what I had done, and she has lost weight too.

As we make our way through this journey to lose weight and keep it off, I wonder how many people are affected and perhaps inspired by us that we never even hear about? I have certainly put myself out there repeatedly, appearing on national TV, on local radio, in the newspapers, in cookbooks and now soon a national magazine. I was reading about Women's World Magazine yesterday. The magazine doesn't have much of an on-line edition, other than a link to enter their contests, but they DO have a circulation of over 1.6 million people. I'm sure the Today Show also has a lot of viewers. I got a few letters and phone calls after my appearance on the Today Show and the article that appeared in our local paper just before that, from women who said they wanted to talk to me, that they needed to make changes in their lives too. I also got some notes from people who were just happy for me. I tried to get in contact with all of them. I hope I could help in some way.

I always said the shame and guilt I feel for getting all this attention simply because I let myself get morbidly obese and then lost the weight, is worth it, if I can help others change their lives too. And evidently at least one person has been inspired enough by what I did, to make changes in their own lives. That feels good!!
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  • LINDAK25
    1967 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
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    Everyone can reinvent themselves and sometimes it takes one person to light the spark. Good for you that you have the spark for so many!
    1968 days ago
    There is no need to feel guilt or shame over losing weight. That's just our ego trying to spoil our good feelings. What you've done has taken a lot of courage. Perhaps now that you're semi-retired, perhaps your destiny of inspiring and helping women on a mass scale is part of your service in giving back. You've inspired so many with your honesty, wit, and good humor. As one person said, "you are a real person - people can relate. to you." Thanks for sharing!
    1968 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    You're definitely an inspiraton to a lot of people even if you never hear from them. Those are the ones who help us keep the weight off but we do have to watch out for those who aren't cheering us on and show them t's possible to get it off and keep it off. Now if I can just get back to that stage-I'm working on it and maybe one day when I'm in Lincoln we can meet up.
    1968 days ago
    You are a TOTAL inspiration and please don't ever feel ashamed about sharing your story! Stories like yours are what motivated me to get started and keep going even now that I've reached goal. I'd be lost without the support and example set by others who are walking the maintenance walk!
    1969 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Recovering alcoholics (like me) know that the way to get sober and stay sober is by helping others to do the same, and by living as an example of a clean, sober, grateful lifestyle. "Do not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it", we are taught, because it enables us to be of particular help to people who are not likely to learn by being lectured. Do you think the people you inspire would feel so inspired if you had been thin all your life, and were something of a nutrition expert based on taking courses? No. I always say I don't want to take parenting advice from someone who doesn't have kids, or had nannies raise their children and I don't want to take financial advice from someone who has inherited wealth, or has been a multi-millionaire so long they forget what the "real world" feels like. Same with weight loss - give me someone who has been in the trenches over a so-called expert any day. Please don't feel shame - it no longer serves any purpose, Pam. You are using your painful past to help yourself, and others. I hope you can truly feel good about this fact, through and through.
    1969 days ago
    That is such a great story. I don't think that you should feel guilty, you deserve a lot of credit. I feel the same way...I now feel like I want to pay it forward as far as helping people with this issue, in part because it feels great and also to thank the people who inspired me!
    1969 days ago
    Congrats for sparking a few people you know about and I'm sure many, many whose names and faces you don't know. You are to be commended for sharing your story and reaching out to those who can learn from your example. You are, indeed, extremely inspiring!!
    1969 days ago
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    Way to go! One of the things I love about Spark People is the opportunity to share in and celebrate each others' achievements. It is very motivating to me when I see others who reach their goals and makes me more determined to reach mine. By sharing your accomplishments with others, I'm certain you've reached far more people that you will ever realize. Thanks for being such an inspiration to so many.

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    1969 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Good for you - being noticed is a good thing!
    1969 days ago
    emoticon Progress, Not Perfection!! You are a "Real Person" and people can relate to you. Thank You for sharing Your Story!!

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    1969 days ago
    Think of all the people you have inspired on SparkPeople alone!

    1969 days ago
    I think you are an inspiration! Don't ever be afraid to share your story, including the ups and downs. People need to know that you don't have to be perfect to be successful.
    1969 days ago
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