A Metaphor for Permanent Weight Loss

August 26, 2009 by  
Filed under health, weight loss

I’m Linda and I’m a food addict. Saying this statement to others and myself is a gentle reminder of who I am, where I’ve been, and what I could easily revert back to if not mindful. My food program is something I work on daily. Thank you fellows, family, and friends for all you have done to support me on my daily journey with food addiction. I did not and do not do this alone! Doing it alone NEVER worked before, so thank you!

While backpacking in the high country of Yosemite with a friend, the topic of my dramatic weight loss came up and an interesting metaphor for life materialized. As I stated before, I did not achieve my weight loss alone. Standing in the forest, below a vast expanse of hearty Douglas Firs, I realized the tremendous power in numbers. A mature forest stands strong as a whole. Seedlings are protected. When I started FA, I was a seedling, so vulnerable. My fellows and a veteran sponsor, with 5-years of abstinence, showed me the way and helped me weather many a storm. In recovery, I began to grow strong emotionally, spiritual cornerstones were put in place, and my healthy, new body started to appear. I was a maturing tree reaching rapidly towards the life giving sunshine. However, even in nature, not everything is perfect. Early on those storms happened almost daily, usually manifesting in the form of some floury and sugary product seen on TV, in a store, at the gas station, at work, and even in my dreams. I realized the power it had over me. Experienced fellows shared that these “cravings” weren’t hunger, rather “feelings” that churned away in my stomach and mind. My natural default was to reach for food, which worked but left me numb, fat, and unhappy. Getting support was the only way to get to the next day. Some days, it was difficult to see beyond that. But with help, especially from my sponsor and fellows, the storms passed without me picking up a floury or sugary item. What I now eat are vegetables, fruits, meats and grains in a kaleidoscope of amazing colors, of which I love! Thank God!

Today, I am amazed to say, that my seedling has turned into a tree. I am firmly planted in a forest where I have been given the opportunity to shield and guide others during storms and bouts with uncontrollable cravings. Do I still suffer with cravings at times? Yes! However, abstaining from flour, sugar, and quantities is my first choice. My new lifestyle affords me oomph that I only imagined before.

It’s Monday, August 24th. I am 40 years old, 5’8” tall, and weigh 139 pounds. I have 54 pounds of permanent weight loss and have been in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) for 13-months. To learn more about my food program, please visit  www.foodaddicts.org and attend a meeting near you.

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2 Responses to “A Metaphor for Permanent Weight Loss”
  1. Rosie says:

    Linda, as a fellow food addict, it is an honor to grow with you in the forest. Your strength and spirituality provide comfort and inspiration. After our talk on Saturday, I did as you recommended and allowed myself to receive the comfort and rest God made available to me. It was such an enjoyable day!

    I think it is fabulous to highlight the vitality of people over 40, it emphisizes that change and growth can happen at any age. I started my transformation at 46, and am now enjoying more joy in life than ever. Physically I am in the best shape EVER, losing 100 lbs in the last year with FA, 160 total in the last 5 years and with the food plan in FA, I have reversed my diabities and high blood pressure.I’m now 51 year old, 142 lbs and size 8 – its all AMAZING.

    And the best part of the FA program is a stronger relationship with God. By surrending my will to His I receive His Grace and an abundence of life. GOD IS GOOD.

  2. Steve Kiges says:

    I really enjoyed your metaphor. It is certainly a process that I have been on and will be on for life. Taking off 170lbs I had a lot of trees in my overgrown forest.

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