Today I have to post about the plethora of people that have reached out to me about this blog. This blog has been "live" for less than 72 hours and the number of acquaintances and even complete strangers that have contacted me has been unreal - people in my everyday life, people I haven't spoken to in 10+ years, and some individuals I have never met. What a blessing all of that is!
A lot of times people associate facebook and other social networking sites with bullying and negativity. You always here those kinds of stories - ruining lives, ruining marriages; but not normally about how it blesses some or allows families to keep up with additions and big life events.
One of the things that all of the specialists have stressed to me is how important it is for me to get in a support group of sort. I have a different opinion about that. While I understand that some people really need that type of group setting. I have such a large and varied support system in my life, I do not think a number of "formerly fat" strangers will help me any more than the love and encouragement I will receive in my every day.
Another thing that has surprised me about the people who have contacted me is the amount of fear or timidity they are using(or maybe it is respect). But in case there is any confusion - my being overweight is NO SECRET!! Everybody knows - therefore do not feel like you are overstepping boundaries or being weird or hurting my feelings. If you would like to contact me, feel free! I am happy to answer any questions that you guys may have! And by all means - send me some love! Encouragement! It is all well-received. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org)