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The Lady in the Window

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I just couldn't resist stepping on the scales this morning before I left on my business trip. Although I just started the Spark diet program barely a week ago, I really felt I had already lost weight and was thrilled to see 2 pounds less on the scale. I rode that mood all day until I encountered the "window." On the way from my hotel to the conference registration, I walked past a building with a large picture window front. I glanced toward the window and saw a woman walking beside me. At first I almost didn't recognize who that fat lady in the window was. She was wearing the same clothes I was, and we had the same hairstyle....how odd...but surely my stomach didn't stick out THAT far. And where was her chin? Mine wasn't buried in a roll under my neck like hers was. I stopped and turned to the window and looked straight at her for a moment. She had kind eyes, although she looked a bit sad. I wondered what had happened that had caused her to let herself go so much. Why hadn't she taken better care of herself? You could tell she had probably once been an attractive woman. At first I felt angry at her, disgusted by her weakness. I wanted to chastise her, tell her she was worthless, but then I thought, "no." I'm not going to beat her up about this anymore. Instead, I smiled at her, and of course, she smiled back. I liked her smile. We looked straight at each other and simultaneously said "goodbye." I knew I wouldn't be seeing her in the window much longer.
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  • WILD4STARS
    I think we have all seen that woman in the window. She seems to be getting older, too!!

    Have a Happy Spark Day,
    Vikki
    4306 days ago
  • JUMPERJ
    I love this blog, I've had the same experience. Good luck to you on your journey, and may you find that taking care of yourself is a habit that grows on you even as your "mirror image" diminishes...

    Get familiar with sparkpages - use the nutrition tracker if nothing else, it is a lifesaver! Browsing the message boards and blogs for motivation is a daily ritual for me... today, you reminded me to be kind to the "fat lady in the mirror" since she is the one who is going to do the work to get me where I want to go! She looks stubborn and determined. Right now she is going to take a walk!
    4306 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I weigh every day. Did it for years and years and stay slim, and when I quit, that is when I got fat. NO more.
    Glad to see YOU are doing so fine! emoticon
    4310 days ago
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