I've learned a very valuable lesson in the past couple of days. From this point forward--unless someone specifically ask for my advice and help concerning weight loss---I will keep my thoughts, opinions, and suggestions about their choices to myself. Someone mentioned once that Richard Simmons lives by this philosophy. Unless someone reaches out to him, he will not offer any advice about weight loss and fitness. I'm in no way comparing myself to Richard, I just really look up to him---and I remembered that someone with personal knowledge on the topic had shared that information about Richard in a comment a while back. This lesson came about because I read a blog where someone had decided that they would have weight loss surgery. I just wanted to reach out and offer some help, share my experiences, and let her know that I thought she could do it without a surgery. I certainly didn't mean to hurt her feelings. I think I may have. And I certainly apologize Lynn. I don't know her personally. I don't know her struggles. I can't assume that my life-long struggle is strikingly similar to hers, it may have been completely different. I have friends and family that have undergone various weight loss surgeries. Some with wonderful success, others with horrible consequences. But still, it was what they felt they had to do. For some of those friends and family members, it was the greatest thing they ever did. For a few others, they regretted the decision from day 1. One thing I've heard from even the best of cases is this: It's certainly not an “easy way out.” It takes a lot of discipline and will power just the same. It's a struggle every day, but still for many, it's the wonderful life changing thing they hoped it would be. Lynn never asked for my opinion or advice on the subject. I just dived in and gave it anyway. I was out of line. And it certainly will not happen again. I did it with sincere caring and wonderful intentions. And I would hope that anyone who reads my comments could clearly see that sincerity. I did get kind of upset after reading what someone else said in a comment about waiting two years for a consultation about surgery, then waiting another two years for the surgery. I just couldn't understand waiting four years to do something. But then again I waited over twenty years to finally do something, so...Anyway...It's behind me. Lesson learned.
Now don't get me wrong, I'll still “weigh-in” in the comment section of blogs I regularly read, and I'll continue to be the same supportive Sean as ever. I so enjoy following the blogs of others, but I'm not going to just go in and start telling someone they can do this and how I have, without them asking me for that information. And if you've read my blog, you already know how I've done it thus far. I have to mention, I've been crunched for time today and haven't had very much time to read and comment—but I'll catch up!
We took my mom back home this evening, it was a too short visit! We stopped at a popular clothing store upon arriving in Stillwater because Courtney had some birthday money for clothes shopping. That kid knows how to find the bargains! She bought a pair of jeans, three shirts, a pair of workout pants, and a few undergarments all for forty dollars! Rue 21 is an amazing little store! The best part wasn't the bargains, it was seeing her once again excited about shopping for clothes.
I'm headed to bed this evening. I really must have more rest. This journey is much easier when you're properly rested! Goodnight and...