When you think of the word “weight”, what kind of reaction does it stir up in your soul? Do you immediately start thinking of your dreaded “number”? You know… the number that you sheepishly hope will miraculously decrease by three pounds when you step on the scale each morning.
If you are like most Americans, you probably want to avoid the subject all together. Unfortunately, in this “weight” conscious, superficial society, it’s really hard to ignore. At every turn, there are advertisements for the latest diet craze, workout plan, colon cleanse, lipo-surgery, gastric bypass, or countless other methods for obtaining that “magical number.” But if you are like a growing number of Americans who are obese or morbidly obese, and are really struggling, that “number” can seem insurmountable.
What if we eliminated the “number”? What if we concentrated on the ways to support and encourage one another without the ball and chain of the scale? What if we started thinking about how our healthier choices would positively affect others?
For example instead of thinking about how many pounds you need to lose, start thinking of the “number” of years that will be added to your life by taking better care of yourself. Think of the “number” of sleepless nights your spouse or family members have worried about you and how this change would be a welcome relief to their weary soul. Or how about the “number” of lives you have yet to change because of all the gifts and talents that God has bestowed upon you. You see, we don’t have to have our weight weigh us down (literally or figuratively.) Let’s start using the “magic number” to create a real change within our hearts, families and toward our health. And inevitably, we will always end up “Number One”!!!!
Dana M. Rosser is an author, homemaker, mother, and wife to Dr. James “Butch” Rosser Jr., a world renowned laparoscopic surgeon. Dana is dedicated to educating people about weight challenges from the unique vantage point of the often overlooked family and loved ones perspective. Her focus is to lead the masses of spouses and family members out of “seclusion” while giving them the much-needed respite of a shoulder to lean on as they too experience the emotional fluctuations of a nutritionally challenged survivor. Through her efforts, she hopes to aid and strengthen communications of the family unit as they learn to conquer this obstacle as a unified front.
Dana and Dr. Rosser reside in Houston, Texas and are the parents of five children; Kevin, Duane, Nicole, and twins Taylor and Tianna. A native of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of The University of Akron, she enjoys, cooking, reading, running, writing and traveling as a few of her favorite pastimes. Dana has also written articles and has spoken on radio shows dealing with this very sensitive subject.
Her book, "Thru Thick and Thin" will be released in 2011. Connect with Dana via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.