Tomorrow is April 1st which means that I've hit another weight landmark.
I am now within striking distance of having made it 3 1/2 years within 10 pounds of the same weight I am today! 3 1/2 years at under 160 pounds after starting at 307 pounds.
I never thought it possible, I didn't even think it probable given my track record. I certainly never thought I'd be brave enough to talk about it in public. The physical toll it took changed my life; but the emotional toll made me whole. With consistent exercise, smart food choices and portion control, I know I'm on the right path. Although I'm confident that I'm finally at a place where my body has settled into a comfortable and maintainable weight, I know that this is a battle I will wage for the rest of my life.
You might remember that I wrote a story in Glamour Magazine around a year and a half ago which told the basics of my weight loss journey which started way back in August, 2003. I was as honest and open as I could be in a written forum; but I can tell you that it is not until you speak the words out loud to someone who knows your struggle that you really release ALL the demons that have haunted you. Oprah Winfrey gives me the opportunity to do just this on Wednesday (April 1st) on The Oprah show.
There is a reason Oprah is the best at what she does: she provides a safe place to share...and share I do. What started for me as shame, fear, anger and regret has slowly turned into pride, security, forgiveness and triumph over a mountain I never thought I could climb let alone conquer.
If you or someone you love has stared down a demon and triumphed; walk a little taller today. I sure am. Thank you Oprah.
(To watch the promo for The Oprah Show...click here. For viewing times of The Oprah show in your area...check you local listings.)