I am the World Champion at talking when I should have been listening. More than thirty years ago, I had a dear friend in Nursing School who was valiantly struggling with morbidly obesity serious enough to interfere with ambulation and other life activities, not to mention the psychic and social pain she dealt with daily. Working hard to get her weight under control when I last saw her at the end of classes in May, she’d obviously lost a few pounds by the time classes resumed in September. I congratulated her, delighted at her progress.
She thanked me, saying,”I lost seven pounds over the summer.” (I thought.)
“Seven pounds has made such a difference! That’s wonderful. Boy, pretty soon you’ll see some real progress!”
Bursting into tears, she wailed. “I said seventy pounds.”
I am happy to say, despite my discouraging words, she lost over two hundred pounds by the time she graduated, simply by dietary and life style changes! What a woman!