Tuesday, June 22, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds listening to John Lennon

Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to follow the wisdom of John Lennon. Seriously. Lennon said "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." Well, that is kinda what happened with my weight loss. When I set out to lose weight, I had a goal in mind (control freak here, raising her hand). But what I planned and how much I lost were two different things. BUT that turned out to be not so bad. Here's why. 

See, in this weight loss thing, I've learned a few things. 1) There is a master of the universe and 2) it's not me. My higher power (as Al-Anon calls it) whom I chose to call God, designed me. He made my body to know where I need to be, weight-wise, to be healthy. 

So I lost 100 pounds, obesity, diabetes, yada yada. But then weight loss stalled. I wanted to lose more (remember the control freak?) I had that magic number in mind. I got close, but not quite where I wanted to be. I kept doing what I was doing, following the diet, etc. I hadn't failed. I just hit a certain point and shoop, the door closed. Then I gained some back (still following the diet, mind you). 

I was, in a word, P-O'd. I didn't want to be that person who lost weight only to put it back on again. To have the naysayer in my head confirmed, "see I knew you couldn't do it." But then I realized maybe I'm right where I need to be. Maybe enough weight loss happened (while I was busy making other plans) and my body (designed by my higher power) said, we're good. 

Some BMI scales say I'm still overweight. Others don't. Does it matter? Meh, I don't think so. The big thing is that I'm healthier. And happier. Maybe the control freak can surrender the reins (which I never really had control of anyway) to the higher power and give thanks for what I have. 

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