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I Look in the Mirror

Friday, July 22, 2016

I look in the mirror
and what do I see?
A healthier version of the person who is me

I look in the mirror and the face looking back
looks nothing like the me, I knew in the past

Where once, only sadness loomed
my smile now brightens the darkest room

I can walk, I can run, I can ride a bike
I'm not out of breath taking a 6 mile hike

I look in the mirror and what I see
Is the person who chose to finally take care of me
A person who was tired of existing each day
The person who wanted health in the worst way

I look in the mirror and yes I feel pride
Finally seeing who was hiding inside
Under the layers of the weight now shed
If I hadn't taken this journey, the Doctor said I would be dead
I don't doubt a word of what he said
Because after all, I was nothing but the walking dead
I had no life beyond TV and eating
I merely existed
my life was fleeting

I looked in the mirror I didn't like what I saw
350 pound me, not caring at all
I had to change, to do it today
So I started my journey, I couldn't be swayed

I started out slow, at a turtles pace
And no matter the struggles, I kept the faith
that some day I wouldn't feel so bad
Then, it happened, I got really mad

I pushed through the pain
believe me, there was plenty
I used my anger to fuel my fight
I couldn't give up my worthwhile plight

Day by day
and week by week
month by month
and year to year
Through ups and down
through friends and fights
through love and loss
I saw my path clear

So here I stand
so many years later
In front of of a mirror
me reflecting from it's depths
and I think about all that I have learned
and all the things I have left behind
and all the living I now have ahead
and seriously, it blows my mind

I look in the mirror
and what do I see
A beautiful, happy, healthy ME

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