They say that time flies when you’re having fun and i’ll tell you what…it could not be more true! Three years ago today I found myself on a plane headed out to Los Angeles, California for finals week of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. I didn’t know what to expect and I was nervous as all get out. We were all picked up on a charter bus and little did I know, but the last one to step on to the bus was this loud, happy, and exceptionally sparkly girl who would become the love of my life. The first couple of days I stayed to myself and unbeknownst to be the others stayed away because of my “do not disturb” sign on the door (which was only for the hotel staff). Courtney was busy being the social coordinator so when I decided to find out what the rest of the finalists were doing I called her room and asked if I could come hang out (oh my how times have changed).
Y’all know the rest of the tale, but aside from finding my future love what I found were people who were battling the EXACT same thing I was. I didn’t stick out like a sore thumb like I did back home. These individuals knew exactly what I was going through and what life was like being “super obese.” For the first time in a decade I took my shirt off in front of other people (at the pool) because I felt comfortable that I was not going to be judged. There was a level of acceptance unparalleled and the beauty of it all is that we were all trying to change our lives for the better in being there. We had all become fed up with our current life situations and were taking control of them. Those 16 people had a profound impact on my life in one way or another since I have known them.
This week was also the first time I got to meet Chris and the moment I met him he endeared himself to me just by knowing who I was. Chris Powell was my saving grace and I couldn’t even begin to thank him for all he has done for me. Three years have passed since that week and I can’t even believe it.
Obviously a lot has changed since that day three years ago and I must thank God that they did. I thank God for bringing Courtney and Chris into my life. They have both had a big had in helping me become a better me. I didn’t know it then, but as time progressed I realized that Courtney is my one and only. Thanks to Courtney I have love and thanks to Chris I have life.
Here’s to great memories and hoping the next three are just as great!