I have spent the greater part of 2012 being active. Active physically at home and at the gym. Active mentally, learning new ways to eat, how to train, how to cope, and what to do with my time. Active emotionally, delving deeper into my psyche to gain access to why I am overweight and being emotionally available for friends and family both in the physical world and in the Spark world.
Needless to say it's been a pretty busy year. Many gains and losses. In all I have lost over 60 pounds and went from obese to overweight. That is the positive that I choose to take away from the struggle. Like with anything that is truly worth it, the process is painful and hard. But if it's worth it, don't you owe it to yourself to give it a try?
Some have looked at all I've been through and all that I have done to get to where I am and can't wrap their brain around it. They say "good for you, but I don't have your discipline and patience." To them I say, start small and keep going. How do you convince someone so sure of their own inevitable failure that if they were to just keep going, they would reach their goal eventually? Time is the real issue. Yes, you will make poor choices and have tiny failures along the way, but if you don't give up you will get stronger, better, and faster.
Today, I hopped on the scale and saw that I had gained 9 pounds since last week. That's not something that deflates my world anymore. I know now that I made poor eating choices and that on top of it, my body is retaining water. I know that if I turn it around and do better for myself, this time next week I will probably lose all of that plus a pound. That is just the way things are.
So get excited about your achievements, don't dwell on your let downs, and never give up!