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FAIL: the danger of deadlines

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A little over a month ago, flush with victory from a visit to the doctor which showed I had lost over 40 pounds in 4 months, I set my sights on no longer being obese by the first of the new year. To reward my hubris, I immediately went into a plateau. Although I still have most of November and all of December to go, it seems that no longer being obese by the end of the year is mathematically impossible, especially because I'm not going to do extreme temporary measures.

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There's a lesson here for me: not to get so obsessed with a deadline that I lose sight of the bigger goals. I'm here to get and stay healthy. Weight loss is part of that but just a part. I'm going to achieve those goals by building healthy habits and sticking to them for the rest of my life. Getting my weight down will take as long as it takes, but in some ways I am at goal RIGHT NOW because I am losing, I am eating a better diet, and I am exercising. And for me, that lesson is the silver lining to gaze at as I am still obese on January 1, 2014. It will come eventually, I have no doubt.

So Spark on Friends. I love you all!

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