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The destination is NOT optional.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I have often compared our journey on Sparkpeople to a cross-country road trip to our destination of "Health & Fitness". It's a good comparison for many reasons.

1) Our points of origin vary a great deal (some have 150 to lose some have 20).
2) It requires planning.
3) We encounter obstacles and detours on the way.
4) We have to stop to refuel, sleep, and sometimes get repairs.
5) There is much to enjoy ON the way.
6) The destination promises many wonderful things.
7) We can vary our pace.


I have even suggested that we need our GPS to help navigate us there.

G - Good Nutrition
P - Personal Fitness
S - Sparkpeople involvement (accountability, encouragement and knowledge)

Here is the thing I most want to convey to you today.

THE DESTINATION IS NOT OPTIONAL!

This is about health and wellness. This is about quality of life. WHO doesn't want that? WHY would you ever QUIT! Sure you may take a detour (go on a vacation where you don't lose at the same pace). Sure you may have to have repairs (surgery). Sure you may idle your engine at a roadblock (not exercise). Sure you may see a gain on the scale (detour that takes you way off course) BUT...

YOU DO NOT QUIT.

If you set out on a cross-country trip to the Grand Canyon would you quit just because you had a flat tire? Would you quit if your car ran out of gas? How about if you made a wrong turn and went 40 miles the wrong way?

Do you see my point?

I have had my own detours. Multiple surgeries, months of home nursing care, family crisis of the kind many of you will never face, loss of loved ones, illness, depression, etc. BUT I don't give up. Somewhere deep inside of me I know this is one journey that HAS to be made.

YES - you will stumble. YES you will have weeks, months of little progress. YES it gets old. I really understand.

The KEY to this whole journey is embracing the destination. Once you do you realize that you aren't on a temporary program. You aren't making a quick jaunt around the corner. This is the one body you have been given to see you through life. There isn't a new car waiting at the local dealer. You can't trade-in the model you have.

I stepped on the scale today (navigational aid) and it showed me still on course but making a slow pace (I lost 4/10ths of a pound). It's a "WEIGH" point on the journey. There are others. Measuring tape, loser clothing, more energy. Keep everything in perspective. This is a JOURNEY.

Just PRESS ON!





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ROJAKHAN 6/28/2012 11:02AM

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TARAH85 6/28/2012 11:00AM

    Love this!

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DEEJACKSON 6/28/2012 10:54AM

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MORNINGWALKER 6/28/2012 10:52AM

    Encouraging!

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LAURANCE 6/28/2012 10:52AM

  Thank you! Yes, the destination is no longer optional for me. It's a matter of real health and well-being.

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REGILIEH 6/28/2012 10:43AM

    Nice

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/28/2012 10:37AM

    Great Blog. So True!!

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DIANN111 6/28/2012 10:26AM

    Great! Thank you! emoticon

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CICELY360 6/28/2012 10:18AM

  Good use of GPS.

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GAYLE119 6/28/2012 10:14AM

    Thank you! It was just what I needed to hear today! emoticon emoticon

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DMANN104 6/28/2012 10:07AM

    Great Blog - thanks for sharing it!

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MARYBETHMORGAN 6/28/2012 10:00AM

  Thank you!


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REENIE131 6/28/2012 9:57AM

    So well said!

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JWADDELL2 6/28/2012 9:56AM

    One of my favorite quotes that hang by my computer is: "Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. It's not about losing weight, it's about a lifestyle choice."

Great blog!!
Janet

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NWFL59 6/28/2012 9:54AM

    Really enjoyed this blog today and reflecting upon it and how it parallels my own wellness journey. emoticon

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EARTHSEAME 6/28/2012 9:48AM

    Nice! And very motivational.

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LDRICHEL 6/28/2012 9:44AM

    G - Good Nutrition
P - Personal Fitness
S - Sparkpeople involvement (accountability, encouragement and knowledge)

I LOOOOOOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JPEARL127 6/28/2012 9:37AM

  Terrific analogy, love the GPS!!!!

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LINDAK25 6/28/2012 9:36AM

    Love your analogy! I can really see it and see myself behind the wheel on my own journey.

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KMMR87 6/28/2012 9:32AM

    I just love this blog. Thanks for the message...and the tips. The GPS is a good way to remember our objective!

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HLOCHRIDGE 6/28/2012 9:30AM

    Yeah! I love this post!!!! Such a good analogy!

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CYNTSATIONAL 6/28/2012 9:24AM

    Great Blog! Thanks for your honesty, tips and encouragement. Love the GPS!



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FAERY_FACE 6/28/2012 9:20AM

    Well said. Thank you so much for posting, I will keep this picture in my head for the "detour" days.

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FARIS71 6/28/2012 9:18AM

    Awesome analogy!

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B-FLAT 6/28/2012 9:14AM

    Thanks for the great analogy! And the inspiration. I'm in the middle of some medical stuff right now--probably looking at surgery, but when it's over I hope to be able to exercise again and get back on my journey!

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JENNIFERSTAM 6/28/2012 9:11AM

  Great post!


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CSMNETC 6/28/2012 9:04AM

    Thank you!
I've encountered so many willful side-trips and self-imposed detours that this morning, I was feeling that "I'm probably never gonna get back on track" feeling. Your words are JUST what I need today.
Thank you for the unexpected blessing. -- Maryjean emoticon

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MISSYMOOSE71 6/28/2012 9:04AM

    Thank you. This is just what I needed to hear today!

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HOCAPONTAS 6/28/2012 9:00AM

    Great way to put it... I love it! emoticon

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T-A-BYRD 6/28/2012 8:57AM

    This is just what I needed to hear today! You wrote it all so perfectly. THANKS!

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INGMARIE 6/28/2012 8:45AM

    emoticon right again, hit the nail on the head , etc. you are so right emoticon

Thanks.

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LAURIE5658 6/28/2012 8:37AM

    Another one is hit out of the ballpark!!! Awesome blog!

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TWREDHOT 6/28/2012 8:18AM

    You always post great motivational blogs! emoticon

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MRSTABER 6/28/2012 8:14AM

    Very motivating!!

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ANNESYLVIA 6/28/2012 8:08AM

    Food for thought, thanks for sharing.

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KBRADFORD88 6/28/2012 8:04AM

    I love that. Would I turn around if I got a flat tire? No way! Love that. Thanks emoticon

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1GODGIRL 6/28/2012 7:59AM

    Thanks for the great blog. emoticon

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LEMONC1 6/28/2012 7:50AM

  I really needed to read this. I have been at a stand still for awhile but I have been going through many of the things that are mentioned here as detours. Thanks!!!!!!

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REEN325 6/28/2012 7:44AM

    Fantastic - I needed some motivation today
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MOMMABOOMS 6/28/2012 7:43AM

    Lots of great ideas and points here. Thanks

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DAYNAOK 6/28/2012 7:38AM

  So well put! Loved it. emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 6/28/2012 7:24AM

    Excellent blog! Also, do not fixate on the destination so strongly that you miss the enjoyment of the trip!

Make it a great day!

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LYNMEINDERS 6/28/2012 7:18AM

    Excellent blog...thankyou

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DMEYER4 6/28/2012 7:17AM

  Great blog. These are words to live by. emoticon

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    Great Blog. I enjoyed reading it. emoticon

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