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Monday, June 20, 2011

You Did It!

You did it! You did it!
You said that you would do it,
And indeed you did.
I thought that you would rue it;
I doubted you'd do it.
But now I must admit it
That succeed you did.

But you're the one who did it,
Who did it, who did it!
As sturdy as Gibraltar,
Not a second did you falter.
There's no doubt about it,
You did it!
For those of you who appreciated the references to My Fair Lady in my Ascot post, here is another one for you.  I've been singing this song for days, and I think the lyrics are very fitting for how I am feeling.  While the original lyrics were sung between Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering after successfully passing Eliza Doolittle off as a proper lady at the Embassy Ball, I am just singing this to myself.  So I am the 'you', and the 'it' I am singing about is losing enough weight to get my BMI below 40.  This is all a very verbose way of saying I AM NO LONGER MORBIDLY OBESE!!! 
I was super obese on Day 1 of my liquid diet and quickly moved into the realm of the morbidly obese.  Even though 'super' sounds so much better than 'morbid', it isn't.  I really don't know why the people who name these stages of obesity don't call it 'super morbidly obese'.  Doesn't that sound more succinct?  It no longer matters to me, as neither term accurately reflects today's weight.  Now I am categorized as severely obese.  I would prefer something that sounds a bit more chipper, but no such luck.  So let's all start from the top and sing the first verse of You Did It to celebrate this accomplishment!  All together now...
The lyrics pretty much sum up weight loss with the band.  The band helps, but you must do the work YOURSELF.  It is a tool, and it is a fantastic tool.  I am trying to come up with some great analogy of how Henry Higgins is like the band and Eliza Doolittle is the woman who just had WLS.  It would take too much time to explain any further (and I would invariably bore many of you), but any MFL fans out there will get my point.  It was Eliza who had to do the work- struggle with unlearning old habits/learning correct ones- and then successfully implement what Henry Higgins was teaching her.  Henry Higgins was the TOOL.  If it were not for him aiding and teaching Eliza, she would have remained a Cockney flower girl in Covent Garden.  Once Eliza embraced what Henry Higgins was doing, she was able to become a success. 
When Eliza was finally able to pass herself off as a lady, Henry Higgins pranced around and took all the credit.  But this was a joint effort, and he didn't deserve all the credit.  He could have taught until he was blue in the face; if Eliza had no interest in the subject, his efforts would have been for naught.  Now onto my point--- the same goes for the band.  The band can do its best to help but can only help people who are interested in what it has to offer.  So many of us keep our WLS to ourselves because of negative comments concerning how we cheated or how we didn't lose weight the right way.  We didn't cheat.  We were just smart enough to use the tools available to us.  And let's even accept for a moment that we might have cheated a bit for the sake of argument (I mean, men cheat with Viagra and Cialis all the time, and that is acceptable).  I still refuse to let my band do a Henry Higgins and take all the credit- if I hadn't done the work, and if I hadn't retrained myself (with the help of the band), I would still be super or morbidly obese. 
I did it! I did it!
I said that I would do it,
And indeed I did:)


Jacquie said...

great post!

Amanda said...

I love My Fair Lady! And now I am going to be singing that song all day!

Fabulous post and fabulous you for doing it!

Christine said...

That's a wonderful accomplishment! And it's just going to get better and better. Enjoy this journey--this is just the beginning!

Lap Band Gal said...

YAY!!!!! Congrats!

Andrea Brooks said...

LOVE this post! Congrats on your accomplishments! I'll be just as excited when I get out of this morbidly obese category! And I love MFL and totally get your analogy! :)

banded bella said...

Well done my dear. Perfect analogy. Congrats on the BMI and weight loss. Keep singing that tune and soon you will reach yet another goal that you have set. YAY!!!!

Bandita Senorita said...

I love MFL! Cool analogy! :)

Nora said...

Thanks ladies!