This title might be preemptive. I have not yet lost more than about 15 pounds. Still, I am going to lose over a hundred pounds, no matter how long it takes me, preferably within a year. If it takes me longer, I will keep going. I will pursue my objective and I will not give up. This is not just about a number on the scale; far from it. This is about my self respect as a human being, as a mother, as a wife, as an individual, as an American, as a lover of possibilities, and mostly just as Wilma, I, me, myself.
I have hemmed and hawed and pretended to care and pretended to try and made promises to myself and pretended again, and the reason I saw no results was that I was pretending and lying to myself. I didn’t want to really lose weight; I just wanted to tell everyone I did. I wanted to pretend that I loved myself when inside I was filled with self-loathing. It’s a hard thing to admit and talk about in public, so I kept the feelings quiet and dormant, then just pretended to be health conscious and went about my merry business shoveling my face full of French fries and ice cream.
Oh, I was in denial of the worst sort. I was in denial that I had a problem. It was a thin denial, translucent, because on the other side, I was sure that everyone could see that I really wanted to be healthy. I just didn’t see the need to try. I would try for a week or two then give up. I’d eat something I knew wasn’t helping me, and the whole thing would be over. I’d gain more weight and be back to business as usual, vegetarian but fat, and not healthy, not caring about myself, and not succeeding at the business of caring for others either (which I thought I was doing rather well).
Fast forward to “The Now” as they call it and you’ll see someone who really understands that you cannot care for others until you take sufficient care of yourself. It’s a lesson I had to learn time and time again. I’ve stated it in another entry of this blog. It’s an important point, though. To be a caring person, to care for anyone, truly, one must care for oneself. This is what was lacking in my past. This is what I’m putting into practice In the Now.