I spent an hour on a plane with Dorothy, a self-described “senior,” who has lost 25 pounds. She and I have one thing in common — we struggle with our midsections.
Dorothy and I started talking when I saw her cup of yogurt. I asked her if she had ever tried making her own yogurt at home. She had not. I walked her through the process I use, and she said she’d try it. She was curious why I knew how to make yogurt, so I explained that it was part of my lifestyle change. We discussed diet, exercise, and our midsections.
My midsection solution, surgery, is generally only necessary for folks who have lost a dramatic amount of weight in a relatively short period of time. Dorothy has lost her weight more slowly. Her solution involves, in her words, “a ton of ab workouts.”
In addition to exercise and recipes, Dorothy listened intently as I shared the basic high points of my story. I told her about being obese in elementary school, losing weight in college, gaining weight after my mother’s death, and ignoring warning sign after warning sign until that day a couple of summers ago when I was too large to fit behind the steering wheel of a full size van. Dorothy said, “You should write a book. People need to hear your story for inspiration.” I gave Dorothy the address of my blog. If you’re out there reading Dorothy, let me know if you’ve tried that yogurt recipe. I hope your mother’s condition has improved.
My visit with Dorothy was so pleasant that we were putting our seat backs and tray tables up and preparing for landing before I even took out my iPod and untangled my headphones. It was so comforting to find a person on a parallel path and spend time with them.