On this day last year, I was standing on a wet escalator in the Washington D.C. metro when I broke my right foot. Without getting too graphic, I’ll just say that my body tumbled forward (down the escalator) while my foot stayed back.
I was in a cast for about 6 weeks, and I became totally dependent on my left foot which hurt so badly before the fall that I visited a podiatrist on a few occasions. March was not an easy month. But, looking back, I think that my broken foot is one of the biggest reasons I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting.
Less than a week after I broke my foot, I had four friends visit from Oklahoma. I rented a wheelchair so they could push me around Manhattan as I showed them Time’s Square, Grand Central and the other famous spots in the city. The first day they were here was easily one of the most miserable days of my life. Just in case you’re wondering, it is not easy to maneuver a wheel chair in Time’s Square. In fact, it’s damn near impossible actually especially when the person in the chair is almost 400 pounds!
By the time we got to 49th and Broadway, I was limping across the crosswalks. And forget riding in a cab when you have to figure out how to put a wheelchair in the trunk. Needless to say, when I got home I thought I might die. Luckily, my friends agreed to tour the rest of the city without me. And they learned that contrary to their reputation, New Yorkers are very nice and more than willing to help lost tourists find their way.
Three days after their 9 day visit, we headed to Aruba. Again, I sat in a wheelchair the airport. And when we got to our resort, I was wheeled around there too. Do I need to tell you that I barely even saw the beach last year? I did manage to lay by the pool everyday. I even waded in the water on and off, but that vacation experience is not the kind of experience I’m looking forward to next week. 😉
We had a great time, but I didn’t get to enjoy a lot of things that our other friends enjoyed. I love to lay on the beach, but the truth is that it was hard to do it in the Bahamas the year before. Walking on the sand is not easy when you’re carrying that much extra weight…period. But as I have mentioned, it was much easier when I had lost 27 pounds over the summer. Imagine how much easier it will be now that neither of my feet hurt and I’m almost 90 pounds lighter!
One of my favorite quotes is “A year from now you’ll wish you had started today.” And as I approach my year mark, I know just how true that quote is. My life changed the day I broke my foot. Though I didn’t start my weight-loss journey until April 2, I knew that I had to do something as I wobbled along, dreading the distance from one destination to another.
The last year has flown by! Can you believe it will be Spring in less than two weeks? I’ve enjoyed the last year — the changes and the successes. And I’m looking forward to the next one which will be filled with more changes and challenges. Life is short, and we only get one opportunity to live it. And I’m proud of myself for living life even when it was uncomfortable. But I’m much prouder of the fact that I’m creating the life I want for myself everyday.