The A to Z Express

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon. Every year we took a week's vacation in the Cascades Mountains, at a place called Big Lake. It's a wonderful place to go to, but I had one problem with this vacation-my Dad!

Dad is the kind of person who just wants to get to where he is going. No stops. No breaks. No look and see. Dad is not interested in the journey, he simply wants to arrive. When we left for our vacation, he would drive the 1 1/2 hours there without ONE SINGLE STOP!

He was the A to Z Express; get from point A to point Z, without a stop.

This would have been just fine except that along the way there were stops I would have loved to have seen. Oregon has a lot of history, and the Oregon Trail goes right through the Cascade Mountain Range. There are historical markers with information posted that were along the road that we travelled. For 17 years I had to simply pass them by-it wasn't until I was old enough to drive and had my own car that I was able to stop at these markers and enjoy a bit of Oregon history!

I'm now on day 12 of my new journey, my Spark Journey. I can see now that the reason weight watchers and other diet programs didn't work for me is because they are like my Dad's journey plan: They are the A to Z Express with NO STOPS IN BETWEEN!

For example, they always wanted to put me on the same caloric intake as when I weighed 120 pounds. And they wanted me to be on an exercise program as though I was an athlete! But I'm not 120 pounds, and haven't been for years. And I have never been an athlete. Never.

When a person is on the A to Z Express, they miss out on the journey I call LIFE. I am 70 pounds away from 120. It's going to take a lot of time to get down to just my goal of 150 pounds, and I don't want to hate every second of it. I don't want to spend that time feeling lousy, tired, cranky, miserable and wondering why in the world I am on that Express!!!!

I want to be on a journey where I feel good, and maybe even GREAT! I want to enjoy it, and to feel free to stop and read the historical markers. I want to savor the time and the people I spend it with. I know that not all of my journey will be trouble free, but I welcome those times too.

So, does anyone want to go with me? Let's go!!
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