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Project 250: So Long, 400, See Ya Never!

Sep 29, 2015 11:50AM ● By Bill Gilman
There is a scene from the Classic TV show, "The Munsters" in which Herman is missing and Lilly files a missing person's report with the police.
The officer asks for Herman's weight and Lilly says "Three spins."
The officer asks, "Three spins?"
"Yes," replies Lilly. "When Herman steps on the scale it spins around three times."
I think of that scene every time I step on a scale and it spins past 300 and then, past 400. It's funny, yeah, but it's embarrassing.
Those who know me know that I mask anxiety with humor. It's a time-honored Enwright family tradition.
As I continue down this path toward bariatric surgery and ultimately getting to my goal weight of 250 pounds, I often think about the embarrassing situations I won't have to deal with any more. Not being able to fit in a seat at a ballgame or a ride at an amusement park. Feeling like I MUST wear a t-shirt at the beach. Having to book an extra seat on an airline flight.
And that damned number -- 400 -- staring back at me, mocking me.
This past week, I put the number in the grave. It is gone, dead, buried, never to be seen again.
In an appointment with my nutritionist, I checked in at 397 pounds, down 29 pounds since this adventure began.
There is a part of me so happy with how things have gone with the workouts (thank you Kait!) and the changes in my eating habits (thank you Liz) that I have toyed with not going through with the surgery.
But then I remember my history. Lose weight, gain it back and then some. Lose weight, gain it back and then some.
No, for someone like me, the surgery is a necessity. Yes, it will help speed the weight loss but more importantly, it will be a key tool in keeping it off and maintain the lifestyle change.
I still have a long way to go before the surgery, which will likely take place in January, according to my surgeon, Dr. Shin. 
My insurance requires six months worth of consultations with the nutritionist. There are also online classes to complete and a regiment of vitamins.
The visit with the psychologist is complete (yay, I'm not crazy!!) and the visit with the cardiologist is this week.
Onward and downward. This is happening. I WILL reach my goal.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13
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