Saturday, April 10, 2010

A JOURNEY OF CHANGE

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France

Tears welled up in my eyes when I read this. I don't know why. Maybe because it rang true. Maybe because in that truth I found my own fear.

Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day. ~Brendan Francis

This journey that I'm we are on is a journey wrought with change. So much change, in fact, it is amazing that we are able to wake up daily and recognize our own lives. The BIG changes aren't even so much physical. Of course there is the smaller portions of food, less calories, less sugar, less fat, less of this and less of that. There is change in our bodies. Less fat, more muscle, less retained water and more range of physical activity. However, while these changes, are our motivation - our inspiration - what keeps us moving forward, these are NOT the BIGGEST changes taking place in our lives.

The BIGGEST changes taking place are the difference in confidence, the difference in self deprecation, the difference in the way we see food, thing about food and exercise. It is about the way we see others and the new way others see us. It is about finding who we are underneath the fat, underneath the comfort, underneath the shield, underneath the fear.

I must admit, this is a really scary journey for me. I am nowhere near a number on the scale that I have never been before. Once I'm in ONE-derland I will be able to stake that claim and yet, still I find myself uneasy. Uneasy about my body and what people think of me and how people perceive me. Uneasy about my relationship with food and if it is healthy - yet. I feel guilty at times, but most often I'm not sure what about. I feel exposed, as though with each pound shed the real me is shining through and that is SCARY! Why? Because I don't think I KNOW the real me.

Most scary, though, are my emotions. Somewhere along the way, I read this (I think it was on Drazil's blog) about feeling things more intensely once one starts losing weight. For people who use food to numb themselves, to calm themselves, to alleviate stress, to rationalize trauma, to HIDE and SUPPRESS their feelings, I think for these people this journey is the scariest.

It used to be that when I became X (ie: happy, sad, angry, jealous, frustrated, stressed, etc) that I would eat. Eat to celebrate. Eat to mourn. Eat, Eat Eat!! Now, I eat for nutrition, energy and my feelings are left standing out there by themselves like nerve endings in an open wounds. With a band aid (food) the nerve endings are protected from everything. Sure, a bump here, a scrape there might send a little twinge once in a while but rip that sucker off and those nerves feel EV-ER-Y-THING! Happiness is confusing and anti climatic. How do I celebrate if I can't eat? Sadness at any level suddenly merits deep torrential sobs. The fuse on anger and frustration no longer exists. It's 0-150 in 3 seconds flat and there's nothing to stop you from ripping the head off the next person who speaks to you, or wanting to hang your mouthy toddler up by her big toes over the toilet, or thinking of serving up your dog/cat who just soiled your carpet - again - for dinner. You become a 1000 headed Hydra when someone looks at your significant other suggestively and stress on any scale could send you to the corner, crying, sucking your thumb, pulling your hair out and eating it. **This is all exaggerated for the purpose of the point. Please know I do not nor would I ever do the aforementioned things. That doesn't mean when I'm at my wits end that I don't doze off into dreamland and imagine them happening.

In honor of CHANGE and to add a little more of it to my blog, I am no longer going to be doing progress photos every 20lbs. Instead I will do progress photos the 1st of every month regardless of what I have lost the month before. This will add a few more photos to my short list of Fat Chick Slim Photos and everyone can see that even though the scale doesn't plummet every week that does not mean the body isn't CONSTANTLY CHANGING.

And a closing quote:

Reality check: you can never, ever, use weight loss to solve problems that are not related to your weight. At your goal weight or not, you still have to live with yourself and deal with your problems. You will still have the same husband, the same job, the same kids, and the same life. Losing weight is not a cure for life. ~Phillip C. McGraw, The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom, 2003

The Fat Chick

4 comments :

  1. oh yeah...GREAT POST.
    ABSOLUTELY.
    I had to re learn how to handle my emotions...and you know what...sometimes anger is necessary and crying is necessary, and now that you aren't eating everything up, you are going to have a surplus f emotions, because everything YOU HAVEN'T been dealing with will come out and need to be sorted through. What a breakthrough.
    I had this, this was THE BIGGEST ISSUE in continuing...once you get a handle on this, the rest of the weight loss is time and patience.
    This gives me great expectations for your next year.

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  2. Fantastic post!! I've actually been writing a post about this kind of thing ... but never got it finished. I've been really struggling with my emotions lately, and it's because of this. I can't eat to numb the pain anymore.

    Love that Dr Phil quote.

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  3. Well done. Very true and resonates for many of us, I am sure. I can't seem to get to the truth for myself about why losing weight seems to hurt although it it what I want so very badly.

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  4. Ahhhhh. wonderful post. It really got me thinking.... It's so hard for me not to reward myself with food. Like I get on the dean's list.. ice cream sundaes for everyone. Or It's Friday and I lived through another week, let's get steak... How do you guys get past that?

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