This morning at 11 AM I stood in front of a group made up mostly of strangers and yet I knew each of them. I had walked in their shoes and experienced the same joys and frustrations they have experienced. I understood. It was my final mentoring session in my quest to become a Weight Watchers leader. My leader mentor was there in the back row next to my territory manager and another leader coach in training. It was my responsibility to present the entire meeting and facilitate discussion and learning. I was prepared and yet I was nervous. This was so important to me. I was reaching for another goal. Today I accomplished that goal. I am now a Weight Watchers leader and I have been told when and where I will lead my group! We went to lunch and celebrated. As I drove home from lunch I had some quiet time to think and reflect on this journey of 15 years and I realized how far I had come. I have so much to be grateful for!
Today I am grateful for my husband, Jay and my children, Megan and Adam who loved me though my journey and seemingly overlooked my weight and celebrated every victory. I am thankful for the hugs around my waist that were measures of my success as little hands got closer and closer together until they finally reached and wrists were clasped. I am grateful for walks secretly timed with a stop watch and the encouragement to pick up the pace and beat my previous time EVERY time and I am grateful for the "Hill Warnings" as we approached any incline no matter how steep it was.
I am grateful for the many Weight Watchers leaders who showed me the way (Lina and Mary, Delores, Donna, Sue Anna and Kristy) to name just a few. Thank you for lighting the way when I was lost and for celebrating each and every victory!
I am grateful for the other Weight Watchers members who went before me and those who sat in the meetings with me and understood the struggles and never judged, some of whom have become dear friends.
I am grateful for the 16 wonderful women I met in my Basic Leader Skills training, any one of which I would be happy to have as my leader and am thankful to call my friend.
Today I am most grateful for the 196.4 pounds of extra weight I lugged around for far too long as it taught me lessons I might never have experienced. I am the person I am today because of my seemingly endless battle with that weight. I am strong, resilient, determined, courageous, empathetic, loving and joyful for the experience of shedding those pounds. I never in a million years would have imagined what I would find under those pounds! Those pounds, gone for good, will now enable me to stand in front of a group of people at my Weight Watchers meeting and tell them and to show them that I hear them and I understand.
I reached for what seemed impossible when I first began this journey and somehow managed to meet and even exceed every single goal I ever set. I am grateful. I am proud. I am ready!!