Be Inspired Sunday: Sheila from This One Body

February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

I love to be inspired! It gives me hope and courage to keep going.  When I see what others have done, I know I can do it too.  Today, I’m fully inspired by Sheila from This One Body.  I think I can relate to her so much because she is in the same fight that I am to lose weight and become a healthy person.  The fact that she has had a lot of success and is so open about sharing her ups and downs has made her a huge help to me on this journey so far.  She has literally written certain posts on her blog that I had to print out and put in my  journal.  I like to keep certain articles and different things that keep me motivated and on track.  I have a special section for weight loss and especially relating to my “sleeve” surgery.  And right in that little space, I have printed out things written by Sheila the Great as I like to call her because some of her writings have been exactly what I needed at exactly the right moment!

Let me point to you to some of her greatest hits which I’ve found especially helpful for me along the way.

This is a letter that Sheila wrote to her future self.  In it she gives her future self some advice from the “skinny girl trapped inside this fat body.” I can relate to this incredibly well because I have often felt like I was inside of a prison cell.  My body being the prison.  There are countless times I’ve wanted to scream “I’m in here!!” as people pass by hoping that someone out there would slip me the key to escape.  For me, this surgery has been one of the keys on the keychain to an escape hatch out of obesity.  However as you lose weight (especially through weight loss surgery) there are things that may happen along the way which you didn’t expect.  Hair loss is one of them.  Extra skin is another.  Kind of like a deflated balloon.  None of these are things that should make you want to stay obese.  I mean really…what are these things compared to a heart attack or stroke? However, as time goes on you can lose focus and start caring more about the superficial while forgetting where you came from.  So this letter she wrote should be standard issue to anyone who is getting ready to take on the battle of losing a significant amount of weight. 
I’ve got my copy printed out and placed inside my journal but I took it out to snap you a pic. 
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Mine is a little wrinkled and tattered because I tend to read it fairly often these days!!But you can find the real thing here—>Note To Future Self
I guess I must have a thing about letters because my second favorite post of hers was entitled “Dear Little Sleeve“.  I kind of love this!! I have talked with a lot of weight loss surgery patients and whether they had the sleeve or the gastric bypass almost all of them refer to their “sleeve” or “pouch” as a seperate entity! Some have even named them.  The reality is the sleeve has a personality of its own making.  I know mine does! It has become that best friend that gives you tough love when you need it.  I looooved this post she wrote to her sleeve.  I loved it so much it’s sitting right behind the other one in my binder.  Check it out here

My 3rd favorite post of hers is all about Vitamins.  This hits especially close to home for me because I have a really hard time remembering to take mine.  I have struggled with this from the start.  Overall, I’ve been mostly consistent but I definitely could be better.  In the past few months, I began getting a numbness in my toes.  I would lose feeling in them quite often.  When my bloodwork came back, I was low on Vitamin B.  This definitely raised my awareness about the importance of taking my vitamins consistently every day.  Not “mostly” consistently or whenever it crosses my mind . But without fail!  
Finally one of my all time favorite posts of hers just happens to be the most recent one titled “Like a Fine Wine”  Here you will be really inspired!!!  She talks about losing close to 100 pounds and how she feels and looks younger than she did 10 years ago.  Like a fine wine, she has only gotten better with age.  Why does this speak to me? I’m turning 40 in 4 months!! I love hearing about people getting better with age.  You MUST check out her before and after pictures.  You will find a whole new renewed motivation for weight loss.  She looks awesome!
That’s who is inspiring me this week.  On a sidenote, she takes the time to encourage others along the way.  It doesn’t get better than that!
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Sheila February 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

HOLLY!!! YOU HAVE MADE ME CRY TWICE ALL IN THE SAME DAY!!! It's good tears though, all good stuff. Thank you SO much for this awesome blog! I had no idea that you were printing out some of my blog posts and putting them in a binder. What a great idea. Truly, this is such a beautiful post, and I am so touched. You made my day, heck you made my week, month and year. Sometimes we write and write and never know if our words mean anything to anyone but us. Well, that question just got answered. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And I have to just sit here and giggle because I *just* wrote a post about losing my focus the last couple of weeks and in the back of my mind was your blog and the title FOCUS UP. That is what I need to do, so thanks for inspiring me with YOUR blog. I wish I could give you a hug! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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tz February 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

how funny Sheila…but really, people falling off the wagon and finding the strength to get back on is very inspirational…Holly, I find both you and Sheila great! You too are inspirational! And Holly, Sheila is as great as her blog implies, I'm lucky to have her, not only as a friend, but as a mentor in this journey.

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down February 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I totally know what you mean about wondering if what you write just hits the cold black hole of cyberspace never to be read by a soul!! lol…but your posts have felt many times like they were written for me personally!! I really appreciate all you're doing for the WLS world with your blog. You're AWESOME!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down February 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Oooo now I'm jealous!!! lol. I think you could not ask for a better mentor. I know what you mean about falling off the wagon. I've fallen off so many times I have wagon wheel prints on my head! Like you said, it's not in the falling but the getting up that makes the difference!

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