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Me, Next


Thursday, May 08, 2014

I heard a WW leader relate this experience several years ago, and it really stuck with me. Thought I'd share it with you.

She was invited to hike the Grand Canyon with a group of friends. She had been working out, and losing weight, and was excited by the prospect of doing something so far out of her comfort zone, and something that she knew would be a challenge. She accepted.


The hike was very difficult for her. Going down was hard on her knees, but it was beautiful, and she felt good.


As they started their ascent out of the canyon, though, she rapidly fell behind her friends. She didn't want to hold them back, and told them to go ahead and hike at their own pace, and she would meet them at the top. At first she was embarrassed that she couldn't keep up, and frustrated with her own limitations.



But instead of letting those things get her down, she kept looking up. The trail had lots of switchbacks, back and forth, and often, she would look up and catch a glimpse of her friends on the path ahead of her. She created a mantra that kept her focused on the goal, kept her positive, and kept her going. She repeated to herself, over and over, "That's me next."


She knew that if she kept putting one foot in front of the other, she'd make progress. She knew that she may not get there as quickly as her friends got there, but she WOULD get there! And sure enough, she did.


Sometimes we may get discouraged because our "hike" to goal weight may be a long, difficult climb, with obstacles strewn along the trail. Our friends might outpace us. We might be dead last! But, if we keep doing the things that we KNOW will eventually bring us to the summit, if we look to other hikers for inspiration and direction, if we keep reminding ourselves that "that's me next," we WILL succeed and reach our goals.


If you ever feel discouraged by the difficulty of your "hike," if you wonder if you'll ever see the numbers you hope and pray and work for, I challenge you to look for a motivator, someone who is on a similar journey, maybe a few steps ahead of you, and say to yourself, time and time again -- "that's me next!" Then get back to work and make it happen.


As I near my goal, I have been doing just that. I subscribe to Sparkblogs from people who have lost weight and are maintaining. Maintaining a weight loss brings a whole new set of challenges and a whole new skill set to the table. I am learning a lot from these mentors, and often, (and with hope) I say, "That's me next."


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GRACIEC 9/25/2015 11:52PM

    What a great reminder! I'm sure glad your inspirational blog was resurrected and shared with the team! Your summary was just as inspiring!

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NINETOZE 9/25/2015 11:10PM

    Love the story. That's me next. I'm almost to my "goal" but I think when I get there I'll make a new one. I am getting there by educating myself on how to do it. I'm learning what works by watching what works for others around who are ahead of me on a similar hike. BTW, I love hiking and have that hike she took on my Bucket List! I will be the last one but hopefully just because I love to look all around me and take in my surroundings!

Thank you for a wonderful and inspirational post!

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_BACK2BASICS_ 9/25/2015 9:38PM

    Great blog! Your comments and words after you relate the story are just as inspirational.
Perhaps it will be me looking at your progress as I follow in your foot steps and repeat "That's me next."

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BKWERM 9/25/2015 8:00PM

    Great blog and so very true! Thanks for sharing.

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BLH507 9/25/2015 2:23PM

    I love this blog, what a great message. I was thinking of all the stairs I climbed this summer when we were ziplining in Mexico. I really wasn't sure I could make it but could see the people ahead of us go on the lines.

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AMYBRO1 5/9/2014 11:12AM

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NEWAT56 5/8/2014 11:09PM

    What a wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing

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NEWAT56 5/8/2014 11:09PM

    What a wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing

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YJNANA 5/8/2014 1:04PM

    Great Blog, and what a Great attitude. We all can use that saying. That's Me Next :) Thank you for sharing and the photos are amazing.

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CHICKEYBABE56 5/8/2014 12:10PM

    That's me next! emoticon

Awesome motivation! emoticon

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RX_2_RV 5/8/2014 10:43AM

    That's me next!
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Great blog!
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EVIE4NOW 5/8/2014 8:06AM

  Great analogy. Loved your blog and pictures. It always helps to put things in perspective. Thank you.

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NELLJONES 5/8/2014 7:53AM

    I hope that woman truly enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Grand Canyon; it is truly a wonder. And the hike is not a competitive sport. Not only is that "me next", but Wow! I'm actually here and able to enjoy this!

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CFMOSS 5/8/2014 7:26AM

    Oh yeah....that's me next too....maintaining not as easy as it seems...Beautiful pictures by the way.

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