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It's a journey, not a destination (and other cliches that work for me)

Friday, October 04, 2013

So I thought and I thought about a story to share on my weight loss journey for this weekend’s challenge. I cannot think of anything clever and complete.

There is certainly a beginning to my overall story...

An over weight teen with a poor self image wants to be thin and "beautiful". She dreams of looking like Brooke Shields or some other thin beautiful movie star. To get there she tries starvation and pills, but never sees that perfect image she dreams of.

There is also a middle of the story…

The teen grows into an adult on a weight loss roller coaster, strangely believing her life would be perfect if she could just unload a few pounds. Babies are born and the scale slowly creeps up. Life happens and time goes by. She tries to lose some weight. The list of attempts seems endless… the cabbage soup diet, Atkins, Nutrisystem, Weightwatchers, Body for Life, pills, smoothies, infomercials, crash diets and oodles of other things. There were glorious successes and dismal failures.

My journey thus far has been pretty typical of many women I know. Pretty sure it will end in a similar way. What the story doesn’t tell is what I have learned throughout this saga. Here is what I think I know…

1. I am responsible for my own happiness. There is no pill or diet that will “fix” my life. I can choose to be happy, or I can choose to let everything that happens along the way make me feel bad. Regardless of what I choose, life goes on. I choose happiness.
2. The people who truly matter in my life love me no matter what size I am. Those who judge me by size are not worth the effort.
3. Healthy is more important than a number on a scale or a tag. I have taken my health for granted (like any other young healthy person) and done all kinds of unhealthy things for a quick moment of gratification. Now I’m watching my friends suffer the consequences of some of those unhealthy choices and it breaks my heart. My latest life lesson has taught me to guard my health and treat my body with respect. I will choose the healthy food (most of the time). I will get up and move as often as possible. I will not pollute my body with chemicals and poisons (except maybe on girls weekend).

I cannot predict the rest of the story, but I do know I am going to make the most of it.

Life is short. Make the most of what you’ve got. You never know what is going to happen next.
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