Monday, July 20, 2009

The Weigh I Am


I drove the lonely drive of the formerly damned this morning. I drove across town in the early morning with the sun just beginning to tease the heat soon to follow.

My destination was the only place in 100 miles (outside, I assume, of truck weigh stations) that has a scale that I can get a read on.

So, as I've mentioned before, it was there I went. I walked in as I always do, which is to say: unannounced. I was told once by a woman who used to work at the old folks home where in the facility their scale is located. Since then, when weighing, I just walk in, head to the room, weigh, and take my leave.

It does add an admittedly surreal quality to the whole experience. An experience which, when you have a body as big as mine, is (like virtually anything I do in public) already fairly surreal. It often seems as if one of the guests on a very special "Human Oddity" episode of Maury Povich has escaped the television studio in search of sustenance.

I digress.

I walked in to the senior center and, as expected, for whatever reason, every staff member I encountered at any point within the stale smelling labyrinth seemed to think I had an acceptable reason to be there. It's pretty weird frankly; I have never, not once, been asked what I am doing there. It seems a nice place, but I'm kind of glad that no one I know lives there - you know, what with the big fat bearded men they allow to wander the place.

So I walked in as usual and successfully made my way to the room with the scale. No staff or anyone stopped me from getting there because I am apparently TOO BIG TO FAIL.

I stood on the scale and saw a 10 pound loss.

Wonderful.

Here's to a good tomorrow and another great week!

16 comments:

  1. That is fantastic. You are making tremendous strides and it is showing. Keep it up!

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  2. YAY for the loss. WTG. (But I'm very worried about the residents of the old folks home where you weigh due to their lack of security.)

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  3. The last two weeks seem to have given you a great jump start back to basics. Walking sounds great. Little bits- protect those bones!!

    Now onto other subjects. We have known each other through treatment, and now a year postTFC!! I think it is time to start posting numbers. It is not about how others perceive those numbers because "they" don't matter. I think it is incredibly therapeutic to take the mystery, secret, hiding, etc. OUT of those numbers. I almost tore out my eyes when I finally posted my weight (wwwaayyy back in October), but it took the shit out of the numbers. Done. Gone. Take a fucking load off, use this place to spill your guts. No one knows you here!

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  4. WOW! Well done - that is an excellent loss! Love the photo and the way you describe the experience. I can see a journalist or writer in your future.

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  5. Congrats on the 10 pound loss. I wonder if they'll ever question your reason for being there. Stay strong and keep up the good work - you are another 10 pounds closer to your goal.

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  6. Sounds like a lonely surreal road . . .a reality for you, a metaphor for many of us.

    I bought a painting for myself of a girl jumping rope alone surrounded by trees. It made me happy and said at the same time and fit my inner desire and mantra that I can do "this"; I have the inner strength and spirit.

    Great job.

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  7. 10 pounds is awesome. I can't believe no one asks why you are there! How strange.

    Keep going, every pound counts.

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  8. I love the way you write. Congrats on the loss!

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  9. Yahoo for you!!! It is courageous for you to go there, not everyone would. So I would say you are in a stage of change.

    Excellent work.

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  10. Good Job on the 10 pound loss.

    Wow, a very well written post. I wish I was as talented as you. Do you take the pics on your blog? I took photography in college.

    I wish you many, many more successes.

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  11. holy crap, good job! keep it up!

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  12. You write like a professional. And 10 pounds lost. Good job, guy!

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  13. That's is wonderful progress!

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  14. Awesome job dude. To me, that's a brave thing to do. Good luck for the next one!

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  15. Wonderful loss. And a cute, funny post too. I love the way you write. "Too Big to Fail"... hahaha.

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