Last year, on December 16th, I attended an informational meeting about Optifast at our hospital’s bariatric center. I was nearly 230 pounds and physically miserable. My health was on a downward spiral of pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, depression, and limited mobility. My spirit was in even worse shape. In fact, shortly before my first bariatric visit, a silly family conversation about the Zombie Apocalypse* turned pretty serious as each family member was discussing their special skill in defeating the undead. My husband’s years in the Army have given him amazing survival skills, coupled with a sniper-like aim with any weapon available. My younger daughter is super fast, fearless, and strong. Her fiancé is resourceful and also an expert in survival and weaponry. My oldest daughter is cunning, has expert medical skills, and extremely resilient, and her husband is wily, quick and strong. After talking out a few scenarios that slayed more than a slew of zombies, my family turned to me,
“What would you do Mom?” my oldest asked.
“I’m fat,” I replied, “I’d be your diversion.”
With that, their happy conversation ceased and I spent the next hour, promising them that I would get healthy.
Fast forward to yesterday. My oldest I were happily dancing around the kitchen to holiday music with a few twerking songs thrown in, when she reminded me of last year’s Zombie Apocalypse conversation.
“What would you do now, Mom?” she questioned **
I answered with a high, karate-style kick that finished just inches from her head.
“I’d kick their asses!,” I replied with a smile.
With just one year of extremely hard work, I’ve gone from a Zombie’s holiday meal, to the undead’s worst enemy. I’m nearly 100 pounds lighter, am no longer pre-diabetic, no longer have sleep apnea, depression, or high blood pressure. My asthma medication has been cut in half, and I’m physically fit. I’ve met new, wonderful people through my gym and this blog. I don’t fear life anymore, and I’m certainly not afraid of a few zombies!
I feel so immensely blessed this wonderful holiday season. I’m thankful for the love of my friends and family, for my health, and for all of the caring, sweet people that I’ve met here on WordPress. I feel like I know all of you as friends and wish you all the happiest and healthiest of holidays! ❤ ❤ ❤
*Something that people who have years of advanced education tend to do, along with lengthy discussions of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other various super cool subjects!
**Once again, her extreme coolness coming out.