The “Game Changer”

Have you ever had an event in your life that was truly a “game changer“? Something that, maybe not at the time but later down the road, proved to forever alter everything you have done and will do? I have had several..the night in a small pop-up camper on Lake Murray that I took a deep breath and finally said yes (almost exactly 37 years ago)..the cold snow flurry day I stood in the back doorway of an attorney’s office and watched my new son enter the room in the arms of a stranger (he’s adopted)..entering a darkened hallway of my dear friend’s home and seeing a car seat sitting in the floor with the sweetest face sleeping (he’s adopted too).  Those were life defining moments for me. Moments that changed me forever!

Twenty years had passed since I sat down on the floor beside that car seat, tears of joy slowly falling, knowing this precious child had been given to me by my God. And twenty years since I can say any event has been a ‘changer’. Few events have a profound impact on you and they are divided by a million moments of ordinary. But a million moments have event has taken that has and will change me forever.

The summer of 2010 I began to realize I could no longer stay the way I was. My health was deteriorating, my enthusiasm for ‘doing’ was done…I had been altered by years of weight gain. Stripped of ‘caring’ by habits that eat up who we are. I began to think about how I was going to lose this weight and most of all “How was I ever going to keep it off?” Losing had never been the real issue..I had done that many times (really hundreds). But not one time—NOT ONE— had I kept it off. And those of you who have had the same experience know I would usually gain more back than I lost. My routine of starting a diet on Monday caused me to binge on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before (preparing of course for the “change” that was coming). Then by Wednesday I had blown the diet only to begin again on Friday with the cycle of starting on Monday. So my ‘diet’ was a routine weight gaining regimen that I had down pat!

This time I thought about the “after” first. Never had I contemplated the ‘keeping it off’. The little bit of thinking time I spent was on which one of the latest fads would I try this time. These hours I spent on planning a successful end have proven to be the “life changer” for me! It doesn’t compare to the moment I fell head over heals in love with my son Joshua as I looked at his beautiful face for the first time.  But these moments and what followed have created a healthy “I CARE” Theresa…and that will change your life!

“Weight loss is all in your Heart”  Dr. Tran Tien Chanh




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