The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Program for Weight Loss and Metabolic Control, the program that helped me lose 250 pounds, recently opened a new office on the UAMS campus. While I’m still technically a patient, I haven’t been stopping by for weigh-ins for several months. The last time I was there was in November.
Their new office is lovely! It’s in a much easier to find location, the classrooms and exam rooms are all in the same spot, and the clinic doesn’t share space with any other groups. If you’re a former of future patient, you MUST check it out. Park in Deck 2, go down 1 level, and go into the hospital building — it’s just inside on your left. G600.
As I was leaving the clinic, sticky note in hand with my current weight, I was confronted by this choice. “Stairway Down” on the left, “Stairway Up” on the right. What an excellent metaphor for my current situation. I’ve been living in the Stairway Up this school year, and today was the day to make the right decisions to get back into Stairwell Down.
“The scales are your friend when you’re losing. It’s not much fun getting on them when they’re moving the other direction.” In 1999 or 2000, a professor at my undergraduate institution spoke these words to me as I was happily relating to him a weight loss success story. They have stuck with me, and they are oh-so-true. It took me many weeks to summon the courage to walk back into the clinic with my tail between my legs.
From day one, the dietitians always stressed the importance of returning to the clinic in the event of weight gain. Rather than scold or ridicule, we were told that they would welcome and support us. That’s exactly what happened. Margaret, the woman who sat with me at 448 pounds, explaining the program the meal replacements, hugged me and said, “This is nothing. You can do this.”
This is nothing. I can do this. I will do this. I have done this. “This” is to overcome the 19.9 pound setback that has come since my last weigh-in in November. In coming weeks I’ll be sharing a bit about how I ended up gaining, the struggles I’ve faced in maintaining, and the plans I’ve made to get back into the “Down Stairway.”