One of the coolest benefits of losing a lot of weight is the opportunity to re-define yourself. In life we seem to act the way we believe other people think we should act. We misplace who we are because of fear and conformity. When I was overweight as child, and as an adult, I was extremely quiet and shy. I really didn’t want anyone to notice me and, God forbid, the anxiety I felt when I was the center of attention. In public I really wasn’t me- my personality was lost in my fat. When the weight started coming off I started to open up to people. When the disgusted looks were replaced with smiles I stopped feeling insecure. I literally became a new person inside and out.
When I was over 300lbs there was no way I would ever be on stage in a play, but the fit me loves acting. My 8 year old son is the true actor in the family and his love for it has drawn me into theatre.
|The talented cast|
|Me as Herr Zeller yelling at poor Max|
Photo courtesy of Bruce Strand at the Star News
I am the nasty Nazi, Herr Zeller, in the Elk River Community Theatre Production of The Sound of Music. This is my second show after I had my debut as the huntsman in Snow White this past spring. This is the true meaning of re-defining one’s self; from shy to outgoing I have done a full 180.
Today I don’t feel bound to what other people think of me, after losing 120lbs I know I can do anything I put my mind to, and I also understand that all things are possible with faith and patience.
I am not sad about the years of my life that were sort of lost being overweight because I am too thankful for the life I have now.