This Side of the Ground

Some days I pop in on this site and scroll through the posts just to see how all of you are doing. I would say that for the most part, everybody’s mood of the day is determined by what they weighed in at this week. The number, gained or lost is just a very small part of the picture though. Too many people let a single bad step on that little gray box ruin what might have been a glorious day! If my weight had dictated my mood…well I would have been the most miserable person on the planet. Not so many years back, I found myself a part of less than ONE PERCENT of the entire US population. I was a very unhappy resident of the group of adult citizens that weighed over 500 pounds. Nope, there sure were not many of us and even less of us who dared to venture out into the very harsh and judgmental world around us. My trek through the past few years has been a very long and exceptionally painful one. At my largest, (528 pounds) I suffered from high blood pressure, dangerously high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. My legs were swollen and filled with fluid to the point where they looked like balloons about to burst. I became house-bound and thought I might never feel the sunshine on my face again. I was told by my doctor to lose weight fast or pick out my headstone. My point to all of you is this….although it may seem that 20 or 30 or even 100 pounds is impossible to lose…IT IS NOT! Everything in life is possible as long as you are still on this side of the ground. Giving up is not an option. I will never….ever….count myself in that miserable one percent again because I am willing to give a hundred percent of my heart, mind and soul to get healthy. Weight Watchers has given me my life back and all of you have given me the courage to share my story.

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