Tuesday, March 12, 2013
How's it going there?
Not too bad, all things considered.
Thanks for asking.
It's been a couple of weeks since I blogged last.
Time for a quick post.
About a week of a stomach bug followed up by three days without power or running water.
Work's been action-packed and the family has had lots of things going on.
The weather is starting to warm up a bit.
And this, coupled with the move to Daylight Savings Time means that it is still reasonably light outside at 730PM.
That will make for more outside activities.
Over the past week I had three people ask how much I'd lost.
That's always encouraging, isn't it?
I think so.
On the topic of encouragement I'd like to offer up these three tonight:
First, there's no law that says you have to keep making poor choices if you happen to make some today.
No law whatsoever.
You can choose to make better choices.
And in the big picture those couple of bad choices - eating too much, skipping a workout, whatever - aren't likely to ruin things forever.
But turning that small number of bag choices into a stream of bad ones probably will make things harder and harder for you the longer they go on.
So recognize the poor choices for what they are, learn from them and get working on making better ones.
Second, you are a work in progress.
An imperfect person who deserves a little slack now and then.
I am too.
Sometimes I forget that.
How about you?
Recognize that you have value and worth and that even when you screw up or let yourself down, you are still someone who matters.
And someone whose value and worth isn't based on your perfection or lack thereof.
You and I will mess up sometimes.
You and I won't always have the best of days.
Don't beat yourself up.
Third, encouragement is free.
So "share the love", so to speak.
Because you simply cannot bottle that stuff up.
You've got to give it away for it to have any power.
And with all the pain and trouble and frustration that the world has in it, encouraging others is a great way to help "shine a little light" into that darkness.
I've been encouraged by so many of you.
And it means a great deal to me that you'll take the time to do so.
I mean that sincerely.
Weight loss is hard stuff - it takes commitment and focus and sometimes we need a little encouragement.
So make a point to encourage others, OK?
And I'll do the same.
If you are having a hard time, recognize that you are strong.
Strong enough to overcome these hard times and succeed.
You are far stronger than you might think you are.
Make it a great day!