Years ago I literally hid from anyone who had known me in my thinner days. I would send my husband ahead of me into stores to scout out the aisles and make sure that there was no one I didn’t want to see in there before I’d enter the door. The list of those I didn’t want to see was actually a really long list. So he had his work cut out for him.
I avoided old friends and even family members because I didn’t want to face their scrunitizing comments of “Wow, Julie you really have packed on the pounds!” The words that weren’t said were just as deafening. I felt like I could read their minds as I watched them size up every pound of me. It was excruciating in those days. Just little, normal events were just more than I could stomach. I missed my fifth, tenth and fifteenth high school reunions all for very similar, superficial reasons.
Reunions were the worst. But this past week I got to go to a special reunion. And this time I felt altogether different.
I flew to Los Angeles to appear on the Biggest Loser Season 7 live finale. It was a wonderful trip and such an exciting time. I have never gotten tired of the show that changed my own life. I marvel right along with the rest of America at the jaw-dropping transformations of the contestants. My own finale was only about 18 months ago, but they have already graduated three more seasons of Biggest Loser alumni. I have attended each and every finale since my own. It’s a “reunion” I look forward to.
So I started thinking about how I use to feel about reunions versus the way I do now. And I realized that getting together and seeing people you don’t see every day doesn’t have to be a dreaded occasion. It can actually be a wonderful accountability! So that’s how I choose to view it now.
When I am reaquainted with all my Biggest Loser family, we continue to support each other and cheer each other on. We can also relate to each other and share common struggles. And that’s what accountability is all about. I still talk to Hollie from my season every week; usually several times a week. We quiz each other about our workout regimes and how we’re sticking to the healthy eating routines we learned together on the show. It reminds me of the scripture from Proverbs 27:17 that says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one friend sharpens another.”
So find a friend or a group of friends that will provide you with accountability and help you remain sharp. And then when you have your reunion look forward to it and be proud!