Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3rd, 2017 Internal Translator

March 3rd, 2017 Internal Translator

It was a long day today. I did grab a short nap this afternoon--but not enough to carry me too much more tonight.

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with solid support contacts.

The doctor decided not to admit mom in the hospital just yet. He's looking over other tests--and will make a decision Monday on that possible hospitalization. Mom seems to be doing better today. Perhaps the high powered antibiotics are working well. I stopped by for a visit this evening before my event. She really wanted to attend tonight's concert, but it just wasn't a good idea considering her condition.

My part of tonight's event was super fast and very easy. I represented KPNC, made a few announcements on behalf of the venue and introduced John Anderson. I spoke with John briefly before the show--long enough to tell him what mom wanted me to tell him--basically, how much she loves his music and how she hated missing his show.

I'm looking forward to a restful weekend. I do have a few things to get done--but nothing too demanding. I'll be getting proper rest, proper exercise, and continued extraordinary care!

Oh--and one last thing...

I ran into an old acquaintance this afternoon on the sidewalk outside our radio station's downtown studios. She looked at me and said, "You're still skinny!" I said thank you. But it felt strange.

Yeah--I suppose I am at a healthy body weight, for sure. I don't necessarily like the word "skinny," but that's okay. If that's the word someone wants to use to describe me--go right ahead! How unlikely and weird for me to be referred to as "skinny," --just felt awkward.

But--the more I thought about it, the more I reached my own understanding.

First of all, it was meant as a compliment. Secondly-another's impression or definition of my weight maintenance is theirs-and that's okay. I can take what feels like an awkward comment, compliment-or anything, and run it through my internal translator.

When I do this, "You're still skinny" translates to: "You're still taking extraordinary care each day."

And that's just it-- I don't do what I do in order to be considered "skinny." I do what I do so I can live each day with peace and stability in my food plan. If I make that stability my goal each day, the weight takes care of itself.

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  1. I would feel weird also if someone I hadn't seen in awhile greeted me with "you're still skinny!". Even though I have maintained my weight in a healthy range for eight years now I still feel humiliated by the years of yo yo weight fluctuations. I'm sure she meant no harm but it would still feel hurtful. Sending prayers for your Mom

  2. Hey. I've been praying for you mom. If it's not already being done, try to make sure that your mom is eating yogurt w/ live cultures at least twice a day...3, if she'll do it.

    Re: the comment. Personally, I'd be thrilled if someone greeted me like that! I remember back in 2010 when I'd lost a good bit of weight, I often had people tell me I was getting skinny. Although I was far from skinny, I knew what they meant and was thrilled by it. The "still" skinny? Well, haven't we earned that bit of pleased surprise that the WL stuck? I know I have...err, well, I hope to again. (Ain't no one telling me I'm getting skinny these days. Much to my dismay.)

    Best to your mom.



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