Earlier today, my friend Dee and I were chatting back and forth via email. She sent me a link to a list of The 100 Most Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers of 2013 as compiled by someone over at Diet-to-Go. She mentioned that I was probably already aware of a lot of the sites, but many were new to her. I was definitely familiar with a lot of them as I’ve met many of the featured bloggers n the past at FitBloggin’ and various meet-ups.
The next comment she made completely threw me for a loop. She wanted to know why *I* wasn’t on the list. I emailed her back to thank her for the vote of confidence but quipped that there was that pesky little detail about the whole “weight loss” thing in the title and I’ve not been too successful in that department of late. Well, I can assure you, those were not the words I should have said. Dee responded with comments so touching that I actually teared up sitting in my office. Thank goodness the door was closed! Here’s what she said:
That doesn’t mean you are not inspirational, Mel!!
You inspired me to crawl out of my shell and stalk you, sitting behind you until I had the courage to speak up and interrupt your conversations with the other girls. Up till then, I had lived here for 2 years and still had no friends outside of work! I never did anything outside of my house, other than running errands, and I wasn’t happy about that. After making friends with you, Penny, Kerry, Rebecca and Tonja I was inspired to “play” WW with you all and stay in the game so I could keep contributing to your conversations. I wanted to be one of the “cool girls.” Your support and encouragement, not to mention your vast knowledge about the right food choices and tips about eTools are the reason I kept going and playing this game. Don’t forget – I hunted you down at the grocery store, for crying out loud! How much more stalk-y can you get? LOL! I wanted to know what you know.
You inspire me DAILY MEL (ha-ha – get it??) And don’t you forget it!
The really amazing part of all this is that while I’ve been going up and down playing with the same 10 pounds for the past 18 months, Dee joined our little Sunday Weight Watchers groups just a little over a year ago. Since then, she’s lost nearly 70 pounds and reached Lifetime status a couple of weeks ago. Here was this weight loss rock star telling ME that I inspire HER! I was completely blown away by that and replied to let her know. She then hit me up with yet another amazing comment:
Sometimes we may not know the impact we have, until someone points it out. You need a good pointing-out.
I really feel like the universe was sending me a strong message this morning. No sooner had I finished the email conversation with Dee than I saw this amazing image posted on Instagram by Shannon. Oh, and be sure to check out her site. She’s lost over 185 pounds on Weight Watchers!
Clearly, today has been all about reminding me that inspiring others doesn’t necessarily always come from just losing a lot of weight on the scale. In the past when I’d lost the 138 pounds about eight years ago, I felt like an inspiration because I was a weight loss successfull story. As I slowly began regaining the weight over the years, I no longer felt that way. If anything, I felt like the complete antithesis of inspirational — I felt like an utter failure. Dee’s words and Shannon’s image reminded me that I am NOT a failure even though I’m nowhere close to being a healthy weight … yet! This whole thing just made me realize how easy it is for us to get bogged down in whether or not the number on the scale is moving downward that we forget how sometimes just being tenacious and never giving up can also be incredibly inspirational to others.
What, or who, inspires you? Please leave a comment and let me know. If it’s a person and they blog or have a website, please leave the link to their site so I can check it out!
Until next time …