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Vegetable Soup and Edison

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I was just pondering the process of lasting change. For instance…I am wearing a pair of pants that used to be very tight, but in the last 7 months, now dragging on the ground. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland when she shrank. The difference is that the clothes did not shrink with me.

I talk to people who are just starting this journey of fitness. So many of them have unrealistic goals and expectations. There was one person who needs to lose nearly half of his body weight to not be morbidly obese. His goal was to lose 145 pounds in 3 months. I don't want to burst any bubbles here, but that is entirely unrealistic and unhealthy.

There is a lot that goes into successful weight loss and fitness. It is more than shedding the excess pounds. We must deal with the complex issues that got us into trouble to begin with. Medical issues, food issues, psychological issues. It is like a vegetable soup.

I love making soups, and most people say I am really good at it. They see the end product of hours of work. They get a bowl and enjoy it. They may even look at the soup and identify some of the ingredients that I put in the soup, but without my recipe, they will fail to replicate the soup.

That is the complexity of this journey. We are each given a bowl of soup and told that if you can duplicate the soup on your own- without anything but a short list of ingredients, most of us would not even try. Some of us would try but give up after a couple of tries. It takes many attempts for most of us to even connect with how to successfully make it.

This vegetable soup of life is a metaphor of my fitness journey....

It is not easy to keep trying, when I have made so many attempts in the past. The thing that has kept me going, is that I know I can do it. I found some of the keys that worked for others helped me, but others didn't. I am learning to spit out the bones and learn from what didn't work.

I have a choice...keep pushing or give up. Well, giving up is not an option for me. here are some really good quotes from Edison:
1. “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

2. “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

3. “Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”

4. “We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”

5. “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”

6. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.”

7. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”

8. “Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.”

9. “Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.”

10. “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”

11. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

12. There is always a better way.”

Just something to think about....

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