The Mountain Troll
Friday, September 23, 2011
This journey is like climbing a tall mountain inch by inch. The first steps are the hardest, but once you hit your stride things look up. For a while you trundle along feeling good about your progress. Then, just when you near a peak, a mountain troll appears. "Look how far you've come," she says, "No one could fault you for stopping here." And, "You've worked so hard; you deserve a break."
But the thing is, you can't stop here. Weight loss is two steps forward and one step back. If you stop moving forward, you're left with step back after step back. You can scrabble for purchase, but the slope is too steep to prevent a slide.
My slide has been back to the plateau of eating out and drinking sweet tea. And I've gone even farther: I now regularly order dessert, too. Although yesterday I avoided eating desserts when I wasn't hungry, I'm afraid that's just a scrabble for purchase. Right now I'm chatting with my mountain troll. We'll find out soon which of us is Queen of the mountain.