Almost a year ago, I wrote about the Weight Watchers Lose For Good campaign, and it’s time to talk about it again. When I wrote last year’s post, I had lost 47 pounds so I donated 47 pounds of food through the church where my weekly meeting is held.
Carrying 47 pounds of food was not easy. I remember asking my boyfriend to carry the bags to the car for me – his initial response being no because he wanted me to understand just how heavy the food was. I walked with it from the kitchen to the front door then he carried it to the car for me. It was heavy.
This is a picture of my 47 pound food donation from last year. This year, the amount of food I donate will more than double what is pictured here. If every person on a weight loss journey donated food in the amount they had lost (or even just a pound or two of food) we would begin to see a huge impact on hunger.
This year poses a bigger challenge because I’ve lost a total of 110 pounds to date. I’m confident that I could not carry that much at one time without risking serious injury, but I do plan to find a way to donate the food even if it requires several trips. And I think this goes without saying, but I’ll take a picture. 😉
It is scary to think that I carried so much extra weight on my frame everyday for years. I still carry over 100 pounds too much on my frame, but I’m working on changing that today just as I was a year ago. And it feels good to recognize how far I’ve come down this road, but it feels even better to confidently know where I’m going. In the post I wrote on September 10, 2009 I said,
“…after placing these items in bags to be delivered tomorrow I have to say, this stuff is heavy! Now I’m not so surprised that I already walk faster without feeling winded! I was carrying so much extra weight. Just imagine how fast I’ll zip around when I lose the next 100 pounds! It’s was incredible to come to this realization today as I held this food in my arms.
I had no idea just how true those statements would become when I wrote them. I am so much stronger than I was at this time last year, my balance is astoundingly better and my endurance is unbelievable so I’ll say it again this year…I cannot imagine how fast I’ll ‘zip around’ by this time next year! I know there will be drastic differences because life is such a different experience already.
I knew that I couldn’t conquer world hunger last year, and I can’t fix everything this year either. But the Lose For Good campaign (which starts this week) has reminded me that I can do my small part by *being the change I wish to see in the world. And I’m pretty sure that, faults and all, I’m a better person today because I’m dedicated to changing my own life. And I can only do my best to help others when I decide to be the best version of myself.