I want to share an e-mail that my Mom sent me today. It brought tears to my eyes, tears of joy. Here is what she wrote:
This e-mail really brought a lot of my feelings to the surface. It has been such an uphill battle with my weight (see post A Good Novel). I think with each pound I gained, the "old Amy" became buried. Slowly but surely, pound after pound weighed upon my soul and the "happy Amy" was buried deep within. I would often say to myself or those close to me "I used to be happy, I used to be outgoing, I used to love to exercise, I used to care about myself, I used to like to be social, I used to, I used to, I used to". I know that my excessive weight gain had a serious impact on my personal outlook on life. It is nice to know that the "old Amy" is fighting to resurface. As I lose each pound I am getting closer and closer to the "old Amy" and I am thrilled. I have really felt my confidence level increase in so many aspects of my life. My step is lighter, my energy level has increased 10 fold, I smile a lot more, I am able to handle stress better and I could go on and on. I can only think of how I will be feeling when I have lost 50 pounds, and then 70 pounds, and then 100 pounds! It seemed like such an impossible feat when I started this back in December. I was almost afraid to tell anyone that I set the goal of losing 100 pounds. But it was something that I knew in my heart I had to do. That is the key right there, you have to be ready. You can have everyone and their dog telling you what you need to do, but YOU MUST BE READY yourself. YOU have to ask yourself the question, am I ready to change?
I specifically remember the picture that my Mom is talking about of me on top of a mountain. What is funny is that I have thought of that picture many times. I was 20 years old and living life to it's fullest. I was at BYU, happy as could be and ready to conquer the world. I had hiked to the top of Squaw Peak and stood at the very tip to pose for a picture. I stood there flexing my arms proud of my accomplishment in hiking. Once again I am climbing up a mountain, it isn't easy, but when I get to the top I imagine I will have the same type of pose. Full of life and full of joy and ready to conquer the world again.
Several years ago I read a book by Dr. Phil about weight loss. I didn't really try to do his plan but something I read has always stuck out in my mind. He said that no mater what you do, you will not lose weight if you have something that is emotionally holding you back. You may or may not be aware of what that "thing" is, but until it is resolved you will not have any success in losing weight. He had all these examples of people who couldn't let go of certain things and were not having any success in weight loss. Once they were able to move past their issue, the weight started coming off. There were two big issues in my life that I was having a hard time getting over. One, was my divorce that became final in 2001. The other I will not touch on now, but maybe in another post. The point is, that once I was able to let go and forgive I suddenly was able to accomplish this next challenge. Losing weight.
Without going into too much detail, I suffered from my divorce much longer than I was married. I was only married for 9 months and it was a very difficult time in my life. Even though we were married in the temple, married life took a much different path than what I ever expected it would. My husband at the time decided that the way of the world was more important than me or the church. He said things to me that were very damaging to my self esteem. It turns out that I held onto what he said for years after he was out of my life. I know that after my divorce I turned to food. I always said that I wanted to get married again, and yet I know that physcologically I kept myself fat so that no one would want to date me. If I kept myself fat, then I wouldn't get married again and I wouldn't get burned again and I wouldn't get hurt again. I wouldn't have to give all of my love to someone only to be disappointed that they didn't love me back. Most importantly I would be safe inside my fat body. This is the scar that was left on my heart when I got divorced. I just couldn't let go. I couldn't let go of my disappointment. Not that I wanted to remain in an abusive marriage by any means, but the fact that I met someone I trusted and loved and then was deceived and lied to was very hard to overcome. So hard that it took me over 5 1/2 years before I was finally able to let go. I was finally able to forgive my ex husband. I know that letting go of that burden has aided in my ability to focus on my weight loss and keep myself on target.
Look at your life and see if there is something that is holding you back. Is there someone that you haven't been able to forgive? Is there some issue that you can't get past? Is there someone that you feel so much anger towards that it is stopping you from reaching your goals? Take the time to reflect on your life and really dig deep down. By overcoming these things you will be amazed at what you can conquer. Not only weight loss, but many other aspects in your life.
Thanks again to all of you for your support and comments. It means the world to me and really keeps me motivated.