The lights went down, the beat began and Rachel Platten appeared. She began singing the lyrics “Like a small boat on the ocean, sending big waves on the ocean..” and I began to tear up because she was performing “Fight Song”. This simple, but powerful song was and still is my inspiration for my weight loss journey.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to see a performance by the women who inspired me during the months of preparation and who got me through the surgery itself. Rachel Platten came to the Crystal Ballroom to raise money for Breast Friends, which helps women with breast cancer. Thankfully I don’t have cancer, but the theme was the same; we are all fighters. Whether a person is going through a disease, surgery or any difficult situation, the point is to never give up.
Every time I hear the chorus of “Fight Song” I choke back the tears because I feel the lyrics are telling my story. The first part of the chorus mentions taking back her life and proving she is alright. Weight-Loss surgery was my way of starting over and taking my life back from my weight and eating addiction. She then goes on to say “My power’s turned on, starting right now I’ll be strong, I’ll play my fight song”. It took a lot of strength to make the decision to get weight-loss surgery for me but it was a life or death decision. Finally, she ends the chorus with “And I don’t really care if nobody else believes, ’cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me”. This really sums up how I felt when beginning my journey. I felt alone and down because I couldn’t lose weight on my own. But I realized that I have a passion for life that I could rekindle through gaining my health back.
Today, I still have a long way to go, but my passion for health still flows. My descriptions don’t give my feelings for this song justice. I wish everyone could feel this way, when going through difficult times. I feel so blessed to be able to experience a live performance of the song that changed my life. I remember listening to it on the way to the hospital on the morning of my surgery. Despite how scared I was, I knew I would get through whatever came my way. Five months later, I am still struggling to keep my weight in check but I always keep these lyrics in the back of my head to keep me going. I suggest that everyone find that “thing” that inspires them to keep going when they feel like they can’t go any further. WLS is a major life change, and little things like listening to “Fight Song” can be a good reminder of where the journey began and inspiration for finishing the fight!