I spoke to a friend of mine who is also working hard (and successfully, I might add) to improve her health. Little does she know it was those conversation that really lead me to coming back to the blogosphere. At first I started writing about everyday stuff like I did in previous incarnations of my blog. It wasn't until two weeks ago that I decided to go in. I wrote one of the most personal posts I have written in a long time. I wrote about something I've never written about before, my health. It was a taboo subject for me until recently when I decided that talking about it might just encourage me to do something about it. With no responses for almost 2 weeks, I was starting to feel discouraged again (and a trip to Old Country Buffet over the weekend didn't help matters). It wasn't until last night that I finally received feedback. Not in a comment, but in a message on facebook from a friend/fellow blogger. With her permission, I'll post her message here:
Just read your September 8 blog entry and while I'm still ashamed to share how much I weigh with ANYBODY I will say I feel where you are coming from. If you will allow it, I would love to be a member of your support system. And maybe you can return the favor. Our paths to fitness might be a little different but we can definitely help each other. We can share tips and check in daily (if possible) to see what the other is up to. And in 9 months we can celebrate our success! We can only be successful (I'm claiming it!). Let me know what you think . . ."
That message meant a lot to me. It's nice to know I'm not alone and I was actually encouraged for the first time in a long time. Knowing that I am not alone means a lot to me and I hope having someone to be accountable to will make a difference. Even though we are in different states, knowing someone is checking on me should keep me in check. I'd love to have a bigger support system and I'm sure that will come in due time, but it definitely takes a spark to start a fire and I now have my spark.
I know the journey ahead is a long one, but I'm glad I'm not alone in it. As if finding a support system wasn't good enough, I got another surprise earlier tonight. As a big (no pun intended) fan of "The Biggest Loser", I was patiently waiting this new season. The contestants stories are so emotional and their eventual successes are all inspiring. No more than 20 minutes into the show, I see a familiar face. One of the contestants this season turns out to be someone I went to school with. A young lady who's weight has gone all the way up to 272 pounds. If that's not inspiration enough, I don't know what is. I will not lose, but I can take all of the help I can get.