I shared the ups and downs of my weight loss, the on-going journey I’ve been on, and how it has emotionally impacted my life for nearly thirty years.
Then, this morning, I went to a theme park with friends, oblivious for what was to come.
I had no idea how many people would be impacted by reading my story. I kept feeling my phone buzzing in my pocket and finally, around 12pm, I decided to check it.
Thirty new people had liked my Facebook fan page.
Over 800 people per hour were visiting my blog.
And people were sending me personal messages and comments, telling me how my story touched them and how they could empathize with my struggle.
I had no idea so many people shared the same pain. The same joy. The same fight with numbers on a scale.
To my new friends, to my old friends – thank you for your support. I want you to know that you are BEAUTIFUL, inside and out, for showing compassion, kindness, and love to someone you do not know. I am humbled by the messages I’ve received and the personal notes that have been left on the comments section of several of my posts.
You – yes, YOU – are proof that society will one day supersede the superficial tendencies it has adopted and that intelligence, altruism, and acceptance will prevail. Until then, we’ll just have to learn to love ourselves, to nourish and take care of our bodies, and to surround ourselves with genuine people. I’m blessed that I’m on the path to all three.
On that note, bon appetit, my friends!