Thursday, January 24, 2013
Yesterday I was helping a newbie at the gym. I asked her if she was there in the trial basis. She told me that she dove in all the way with a full membership. I congratulated her and said "It's like riding a bike or driving a car. You don't just "kinda" do it part way."
Then I started thinking about that analogy of losing weight compared to riding a bike.
When you first start riding a bike, you don't just jump on and take off with the slightest of ease.
That is how losing weight at first starts out. It's never easy to get going. You fall a lot. There is a sense of balance that you haven't figured out. You can't even seem to get the pedals moving correctly at first.
After a while it all comes together and you are off and running. My weight loss was like that. It seemed that after LOTS of trying over and over, then I was able to get going. It wasn't fast and there were lots of stumbles, but I was on my way.
When you have been riding your bike for a while, you start to get that confidence. You are able to just grab it, push off, and you are zipping along.
So it seemed with my weight loss. My weight seemed to come off easily at first. After all that hard work I was able to see results.
However when you get good on your bike you sometimes get cocky. You start doing wheelies, and riding with no hands. You feel like you are in total control at all times.
And then you crash.
Sometimes it's easy to get back up, brush yourself off, and be back and riding again. However there are times that it is more severe. The bike gets broken, or you get banged up pretty good.
It is the same with weight loss. Just when you think you are doing everything just right you start to lose your concentration and BAM - you hit a wall. Or you stop trying so hard. Or there are as many number of reasons as there are stars in the sky.
The question you have to pose to yourself is "Do I want to keep riding?" Do you park the bike and start just driving your car? Do you give up and just walk? Does your weight loss get pushed to the side and you abandon it?
Personally, I know that I learned the biking riding (proper weight loss rules) but I just got sloppy and lazy. I lost my concentration.
The good thing is that when you learn to ride a bike you never forget. So it is with weight loss. You have the knowledge and tools and just have to apply them correctly again.
And at SP - there are LOTS of others doing some riding right alongside you.
So, I have picked up my "bike" and started peddling again. I'm sticking with concentrating on what I am doing and focusing on the road. It is a long road to be sure but I know I can do it.
How about you? Will you keep up with me? Stay the course and keep on moving? It's fine if some are faster and some are slower. The thing that matters is that you just - keep - going.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Wow - it is so amazing to me how life can change so quickly.
At the end of December things changed up for me in a hurry. Going back several months previous, I had a couple of friends tell me about someone that they thought would be a good friend for me. So, I started emailing with Ruby.
She seemed nice, and over time we became good friends. Then, at the end of December she flew up from California to visit me in Montana. At that first meeting we just clicked. It's hard to explain, but it was there. We had shared information about each other and she even told me that she had lost about 70 pounds on WW and she was living the healthy lifestyle as well.
That was just one point that we connected on. There were so many! We made a trip down to visit the mutual friends that said we needed to connect up - and they were overjoyed that it was going so well.
She was here for about seven days - and four days in I had felt so good and strong about her that I asked her if she would wear a promise ring. She said yes! We went to the jewelers and picked one out. Then two days later, I just thought "This is just amazing to me." and I asked her to marry me and once again she said yes! It was funny because the first time she said yes, she said it so quietly that I asked again. So - back to the jewelers to exchange that promise ring for an engagement ring.
We were at the point in our lives for some life changes. Her children were grown on their own and she was looking to move out of CA. So, the plan was to get her moved to MT and then get married later. After some discussions we just decided that we would marry in CA before we left for MT.
So - that means that the wedding date is now March 25th. I'm flying down on the 20th of March and we will spend some time before the wedding. Then on the 30th we will be on the road, taking a u-haul and her truck back to Montana. It's going to be the start of a great adventure.
The thing that amazes me is that I had NO intention of getting married anytime soon. It wasn't even on my radar. I just thought that it was going to be a nice meeting of a couple of friends and that was going to be it. I had just been telling some of my co-workers that it was probably going to be a long time before I was married again.
I've had some people that question the speed at our engagement, but I just figure - what the heck? Both Ruby and I have been married before. We know what's involved. I just remember the quote (and I paraphrase) "No great adventure starts with the comment that I'm just going to sit here".
So - you never know what life is going to throw your way. Sometimes when an opportunity comes along, you just grab on and go for it.
I wish I could say that I've made some great headway on my weight loss but I haven't. As a matter of fact, I've gained some pounds. However, like before, I'm not giving up. I'm back in the gym and cooking better foods.
The cool part about it all is that I'm going to have a partner in life that is going to give me that love and support. Someone that has been on this road before and knows what it is like.
It is all good - and just going to keep on getting better!
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