Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Being Grateful for Today

Over the weekend I was catching up on blog reading and came across Lea's latest post. She called it Confession is Cleansing -- but her confession about night time eating and not being faithful with her supplement isn't what caught my attention. What hit me straight between the eyes was her first paragraph.
Starting weight for me was 410 pounds in 2006. These days, I range from 202 to 208 MOST days. That is a 200+ loss. My all-time low was 197. I know I will never see my goal of 185 without removal of LOTS of excess skin/tissue. But, I have also gone from a 36W or a 4X or 5X to a 14/16. I can also wear mediums in some stuff and larges in others. That is HUGE--being able to shop locally for all types of clothing!
Look at those amazing stats! She's maintained a 200+ pound loss. I don't know if this was her intention with her post, but when I read it here's the message that I received. "Maybe I didn't get to my ultimate goal weight, but I've still maintained this huge weight loss and I am rejoicing in the fact that I've accomplished so much in my life."
My story. I've gone from a size 28W pants to a size 16. I've gone from wearing 3x or 4x shirts to a large. As of today, I've lost 110 pounds and I've maintained my weight loss for 10 months without gaining. How can I not be proud of that?
So often we focus so intently on which goals have not yet been met. How much farther we have to go. How many more pounds we need to lose. How many pants sizes we still need to shed. BUT.... why do we forget about today. TODAY. Where am I at today and what amazing things have I don't that brings me to the outstanding success that puts me in this exact spot in my life TODAY.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~ Matthew 6:34
So I'm going to try very hard to remember how far I've come. Be grateful for what I've accomplished. And try not to worry so much about tomorrow, or what the scale says, or what size pants my butt fits into or which goals I still have to achieve. Today I'm going to be grateful for today. ~Pam


  1. Pam,
    Your "100 Ways" list is what made me remember how far I have come - I have not met my goal - but I have maintained for the first time in my life and I forget just what a big accomplishment that is. I don't like looking backwards at my 310lbs self but when I do it's a great reminder that I should be proud of where I am.
    Thanks for the posting!

  2. Thanks Pam! I really needed to read this post and be Greatful. I too started at a 30-32W and am now in a 14/16 and have maintained my weight loss of nearly 170 lbs for over a year, but was not focused on the accomplishment but what I saw as failure to loose the remaining weight to reach a goal not set by anyone but myself...."Goody" Carrie

  3. Thanks for sharing. I love the verse... "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~ Matthew 6:34". So true!


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