Monday, September 26, 2011

Episode 7: Sunday Meetings

My first meeting was today.  I chose Sunday morning as my meeting time mostly because it is the only morning that I don't have anything else to do.  As I drove through the nearly deserted streets this morning, I noticed that there were cars lining the streets of otherwise deserted neighborhoods.  These cars grouped around the early morning services of the local Catholic and Presbyterian churches that I happened to pass by as I drove to the shopping center. Once I got to the shopping center, there were cars that were grouped around the small store front just as they had been around the church.  I park at the very end of the parking lot and walk in.

The voices inside are hushed, people milling around, standing in line waiting to see the cashiers and be weighed.  Again, images of church and a sort of communion occur to me.  The scale of weight judgement awaits and we stand there, practically naked in front of our confessor, in this case a nice lady who helps me purchase a food scale and talks about her own weight loss experience.

Once I have been told of my worthiness (I lost 3.4 pounds! Yay!), I wandered to the meeting area, where there was more milling and more conversation.  When I had walked in, I stood behind a young lady that looked familiar. Behind me came another one, and they talked through me, barely noticing I was there.  I was currently fumbling in my purse and didn't care to look up until I had my necessary paperwork that I needed, and when I looked up, I saw two old friends that I had gone to college with.  We all expressed joyful surprise at seeing each other and caught up about jobs and where life had taken us in the last 10 years.  We scattered off to weigh in, and one left early for work and I chatted with the other one before the meeting.

The meeting reminded me of many of the church services I had been to.  It started with an affirmation, discussed our reason for being there and how we can make ourselves better. She preached about her own experiences with weight loss, made reference to the holy book "Points Plus Getting Started Guide" and passed out manna in the form of weight loss strategies and an anchoring technique.  Altogether, I felt very positive about myself as I walked out the doors and towards my car.

Afterward, I went out and bought a car load of healthy food and groceries. Fruits and vegetables now overflow my fridge.  I will wake up tomorrow, clean my kitchen and make myself a great Garden Vegetable soup and prepare for another great week of weight loss.

Thanks to all of my support and friends and thanks for reading!



  1. Congrats on a great week! Be careful with those veggies, though. When I first started, I would buy loads... but then by the end of the week, some would spoil. I go to the market 2-3 times a week (at least) now! Here's to your next successful week of weight loss!

  2. Thanks Cassy! I plan to put all the veggies I bought yesterday into a soup that I'm gonna put in containers and stick in the freezer or the fridge for the week. Yay for big pots of yummy soup! :)


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