While pride goeth before a fall, allow me to wallow in it for just a brief span.
Earlier this week, we had a visit from someone whom we are planning to hire. He came by my office to get some benefits information, and saw my triptych on the wall. When I hit my one-year anniversary (and 100 pounds gone), my coworkers gave me a wonderful 3-panel picture frame. In the first opening, they put my "before" picture. In the middle is space for my current picture, and in the last frame, is a printout of a beach volleyball player, with my head superimposed on it. It's a great visual aid, and keeps me in check.
Anyway, the almost-employee asked me as he was leaving, "So what's the significance of the three pictures?" I replied, "Oh, that's my before, current, and to-be pictures." His jaw dropped. "That's not you. They've taken your ... wait, is that just Photoshopped?" No, I assured him, it really was me. 216 pounds ago, but it was really me. No joke. And the sad part is I haven't updated the middle picture in months (note to self: do it today!)
Just a few minutes ago, I got a very nice thank-you letter for the information I provided, along with this note as well: "I am so impressed with what you have done with your lifestyle change. It is really empowering to see."
It's precisely those kind of things that just make my day..... and that people recognize this as a lifestyle change. I have dieted and failed miserably. But changing my habits has changed my life. Doing what's good for me has made a huge difference and it's more than just a physical change, though that's certainly more visible. Changing the way I think, the things I do, how I react to what life throws me...... that's a real lifestyle change! The physical view is just one manifestation of that.
Okay, better get off this pedestal, or I will surely fall. But I just had to share it with everyone!