Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Trim the Fat" Thursday


This is a word that I think about a lot. What inspires me? What's my motivation behind this whole weight loss journey? The answers to these questions have been very tough for me, which I think is one of the reasons that I've had such a hard time staying on track.

This week, a new season of The Biggest Loser began and it's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the show. The season opener always includes some back story on each contestant, which is usually interesting but never really grabs me. This time was different. There is a contestant this season named Abby. She's a 35 yr old teacher and has a lovely Texas drawl. She reminds me a lot of myself actually. When she told her story, I was brought to tears within seconds. Abby went from her happy life to tragedy in the blink of an eye 3 years ago, when her husband, 5 yr old daughter and newborn son were all killed in a car accident. I can't even imagine.

Towards the end of the episode, the infamously hard-ass trainer Jillian Michaels was even brought to tears by Abby's amazing resolve. And I think that Jillian said it best when she explained her tears. She said that she always thought that if something like that happened to her, she would commit suicide. However, to see Abby and how she has chosen to motor on despite this horrible tragedy makes Jillian want to be a stronger person. And I have to say that I feel much the same way.

I've been having a one woman pity party for a week now over feeling crappy and being under the weather. And beating myself up over the fact that I just can't seem to stop bringing home chocolate donuts from the grocery store. That's when my order for a dose of perspective arrived.

This week, my goal is simple. I'm going to sit and write some letters. Letters to the most important people in my life, including myself. Letters to remind myself of just how lucky I am to be surrounded by people who actually give a damn. Reminders of how fortunate I am at this moment in time.

What inspires you?


Kori said...

Ugh more tears. Thanks pookie.

Love you.

Angela said...

We are faithful followers of this show, too, and watched the other night. Her story brought BOTH me and hubby to tears. And I just loved that, even while she was telling her story, she was smiling at the idea of being on the show and being able to do this for HER. I loved her attitude and her appreciation for the blessing that is each day. And you are right, it is an excellent lesson for all of us!

I am still worried about the girl that collapsed, as well. Wasn't it Tracy?

Abby definitely inspires me. What also inspires me is the growing realization that we only get this one body, and it's got to last us for life. So why have I, for many years, not always treated mine like that? Especially with rampant cancer on both sides of my family!

So that's one reason I'm working on it. Baby steps, but working nonetheless. Moving toward organic foods, re-evaluating my grocery budget to allow more spending at Whole Foods, and spending a lot more time with Jillian (that witch) and trying to remember that she's just trying to help me, LOL!


Kat said...

I have been thinking about inspiration a lot too...and even thought that I needed to write a post about it since I sooo need to be inspired to get back on the bandwagon!

Jane In The Jungle said...

WOW, wonderfully real post Ang.
I've never watched the show but after reading this I may just peek in. I've thought about if something like that happened to me and can't even begin to go there. Glad you're getting better. Need anything call, you know I'm the house...forever and ever, amen!

PS Are you still cropping this weekend?

CaraBee said...

Great, great post, Angie. Part of my new year's resolution was to write more "just because" letters to my loved ones. I've totally fallen down on that. Thanks for the reminder.


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