Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Morbid No More (255)

It is with great pride and a thankful heart that I can announce that today, I am no longer morbidly obese. That's right.

I AM NOT MORBIDLY OBESE.

I want to shout it from the rooftops. I want it on a bumper sticker for my car, and on an XXL t-shirt for me to wear. I am so, so happy. It is such an emotional thing for me. For some reason, that label ("Morbidly") has weighed heavily on my heart. It has been a label I have been terribly ashamed of. It made me feel like I was so extremely obese that others found me disgusting. I know this is not true, in my head. I know it is just a medical term for someone whose BMI is 40+ because, as the word "morbid" indicates, they are more likely to suffer disease and bad health effects when their BMI goes up that high. But to me it seemed like more of a label that said, "Look at her, she is SO fat and SO huge that she is even FATTER than an OBESE person! She is extra extra obese!" Yeah, I definitely have an emotional hangup with that label.

Don't get me wrong, I don't feel that way about OTHER people who are that heavy. I only had that idea in my head that other people were thinking that about ME. And I also know that at 255 pounds, I am still really big. As a matter of fact, I am not just "obese" yet. According to the most accurate designation, I am still "severely obese" and have a ways to go before I reach obesity. When I posted about this topic way, way back in August when I began this blog, I remember posting that I would have to lose 23 pounds and weigh 255 before I was no longer morbidly obese. I remember thinking, that is just never going to happen. That is just too far away. There is no way I will be able to do this. But look! Here I am, just over 2 months later. Please, please use this as a motivator for yourself, to just keep going, and trying, and never give up. You WILL get there if you do not quit!! If I can do this... me, a mom of 5 kids with a husband who is not supportive of my efforts... me, the woman who was eating entire pans of brownies and sheets of hot baked cookies just 2 months ago... if I can do this, you can do it too.

I am just so excited and so pleased that I have reached this wonderful goal. And I am so thankful for all the support I get from you, my readers, who post encouragement to help me keep going! Yesterday, my new exercise bike arrived. I rode it for 5 minutes. Today I rode it for 7 minutes. So far, it is not wrecking my knees or causing me any (extra) pain. I am very hopeful this will be my key to getting some exercise and maybe even helping my knees by strengthening the muscles around them. And today, I went to the Farmer's Market, even though it was raining. I am going to do this. Someday soon, I am going to hit my next goal of weighing less than my husband. Look out 249, here I come!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lyn --

you have encouraged me today in immeasurable ways.

I am DELIGHTED for your success, and I am coming up behind you to follow in your footsteps. I promise. I'm still hanging out at 277. But not for long.

And, today, I cooked my acorn squash.

Keep up the EXCELLENT work. I thank you, my three little kids thank you, and my incredibly supportive and skinny husband thanks you. :)

www.blogs.weightwatchen.com/thisisforme

Weezie

Gibbons-Camp said...

Congratulations! This is a huge, er, important step :) I have a good ways to go before I can downgrade myself out of morbidity, but I am thrilled whenever I hear about other people who have made it.

You are an inspiration!

Lauren said...

CONGRATULATIONS. That is so awesome and poo on your husband (eww, that sounds yucky)

Heather said...

wow...I am SOOOOO happy for you. That is just incredible. You truly are an inspiration. You changed your life, got yourself into a healthy category, not morbid anymore. That is so amazing. You really have accomplished something that so many people think they can never do, and you did it!

Goaledgirl said...

That is a great accomplishment. Congrats!!!!!

Alexis said...

congrats! i'm so happy for you :)

btw i love reading your posts. u write very honestly and i think it speaks to a lot of people

Roxanne said...

Way to go! Keep up the hard work (with wonderfully rewarding benefits).

Chubby Chick said...

Wow! Congratulations, girl! I am SO happy for you!

And what a great, motivational post! Thanks for that!

Sybil said...

Lyn,
Just wanted to stop by and tell you that I enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work.

hanlie said...

That is awesome! Well done! You have inspired me, who is still hovering around 48.

Teale said...

That is SUCH great news!!! I would love to see some progress pictures:) I also have the same emotional hang-up with this word. When I think of someone morbidly obese, I think of someone that's a bed-ridden 600 pounds, and I think "How am I considered in the same category as that?" But, that's where I would end up if my weight kept increasing... Great work, I bet you feel great!

Honi said...

running around doing the nomoremorbid obesity cheer YAY that is so excellent for you.. I hate to hear your husband is not supportive of you... well u know one thing for sure the second your fingertips touch your keyboard there is a world of support right here for you ROCK ON~ girlie u are doing GREAT..

Lady T said...

what an incredble feeling!!! i remember that feeling. i was able to relive it thru you, lol!

so happy for you!

Teale said...

RYC: Yes, the egg beater cups come in 3-packs, right alongside the regular egg beaters in my store. It's a 1/2 c. serving portioned out for you! I like it cuz it's fast & easy! The kraft singles pepperjack is only 1 point (I think it's the 2% kind) and it really adds something to the eggs!