Sunday, April 14, 2013
This isn't a sprint, not even a marathon. This is life.
I have written a few blogs lately about the successes I have been having. And for the most part, I am doing great. In the past few weeks I was able to reach a short term goal that has been a long time coming, dropping my first 50 pounds. I have had great fun working out and getting in activity with my trainer, aka my youngest daughter. Since January 1, I have not touched a carbonated drink nor any alcohol, water has been my friend. Life has been going great and the weight loss, increased energy and better health a blessing in my life.
But in the last couple of weeks the success has dwindled. Fitness minutes are harder to get in, calorie tracking more difficult and even eating nutritiously has been sporadic. I have been going through a setback or one of those obstacles that happen in life. My DW has been plagued with ongoing health issues and there have been some more worrisome moments recently. After Spring Break there has also been the busy-ness of work, including an audit which examined an area that is specifically my responsibility. Throw in wetter, more dismal weather and suddenly my walking has even started to dwindle and my motivation definitely lacking.
But this isn't a sprint to the goal and this isn't even a marathon. This is life. No one has ever promised us a perfect life without challenges. Through my wife's health issues, even my oldest daughter's disability, I have learned so much about patience, humility and accepting that life can, and will be, miserable at times. At the same time I have learned about hope, perseverance, and knowing that there are many great moments along this journey and more will be coming.
Just as life keeps going, I have to persevere. After years of being obese and out of shape, and now feeling the benefits of weight loss and better health it is clear to me that I have to keep active, striving for better health because I need it and the people around me as well. When I do not exercise and eat more "crappy" food I feel it. I get grumpier, I lose energy and I can not take care of those around me, including myself. In the past it would have been easier to give up and indulge in the comfort foods and waste time on the couch or by the computer. Now I see that those moments will happen and setbacks occur but because this is life, and just too important, I have to get back up and make sure my feet are headed in the right direction.
The successes may not be as quick, the rewards may be less frequent but that is okay because this is life and not every day has to be perfect. I just have to remember my goal, remember what is important and keep striving in that direction.
Note to those who get this far...honestly, this blog was more for me. It was really more of a journal entry to get my thoughts straight and to remind myself that setbacks are okay and I don't have to feel bad when they happen but also that giving up is not an option and that I do have to move forward. But also, because this isn't a sprint or even a marathon, it is okay when the set back lasts more than a day or couple of weeks as long as I do get up and get going... like I will do today and have been trying over the last few.