Thursday, June 28, 2012
I need to watch my language and think about what I really mean before I open my mouth to speak.
I listened to a young man talking about the use of the word "struggle" this week. We often talk about things that we "struggle" with when we are wanting to lose weight or get healthy. As he pointed out, are we REALLY struggling with it, or are we just making an excuse. Are we really struggling to make a change, or are we really saying that we enjoy that bad habit of ours, and although we recognize it as bad, we are unwilling to do anything about it right now, so we will just call it a "struggle". That justifies it and makes us feel better about ourselves.
It made me stop and think. I have not really been struggling with too much junk food this summer. I have been enjoying every bite of it, and that is the honest truth. I have stopped losing weight, because I have stopped struggling. If I want to start losing again, before I start putting weight back on, I need to start struggling in deed, and not in lazy words and apathetic actions.
If I force myself to be painfully honest in what I say, my pride will force me into action. When I think about what the word "struggling" means, I get a picture in my mind of someone who is beat up, bruised and bloody, panting for breath, and fighting for their very life. That is not a description of me right now. I have been cruising on easy street, and whining about not arriving at my destination quickly enough.
Sure I have a lot of good habits, and there are a lot of things I am doing right. But am I "struggling" in any of my weight loss efforts? Sadly, no. But I plan to be very soon.