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The risks are worth it

Thursday, September 18, 2008

How many times have you been a statistic? You started a weight loss or lifestyle program, but couldn't stay motivated, or life got too busy, or you just weren't ready to change your life? Or, how about you lost the weight, changed your lifestyle and were feeling fit and fabulous when suddenly your life becomes too challenging and you slide back into the old habits? I've been that person many times and it makes me wonder if the risk of trying again is worth it.

The answer is yes, without a doubt. On my change of lifestyle journies (yes, there have been many, and, yes, I refuse to call them diets), I've struggled and quit and restarted and even been successful several times only to lose focus after some time and stop doing what I need to do. I've tried doing it on my own, Weight Watchers, seeing a dietitian, exercising with friends and on-line websites. I've seen others become discouraged and quit. I hurt for them because I know if they just stick with it they will eventually see progress (even if it takes a week, a month, a year, or more). I've been the quitter because I was too ashamed at having gained weight to return to a program I knew worked. I've also been the quitter because one little comment from someone who was supposed to be helping me in my journey left a deep cut on the scar tissue of my emotional well-being and reopened all the old doubts and insecurities. But, I still say the risks are worth it.

Getting yourself healthy is a struggle. Obstacles come up with everything from life, to cruel comments, to whatever else you can think of. But, the fact that you start to change your life or continue to fight on and possibly even start over (for the first, third, fifth? time) means that you are interested in being around for yourself and possibly others.

So, here's my reminder, and hopefully someone else's who might choose to read this.....the risks are DEFINITELY worth it!!!
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  • JENNAY21
    Your absolutely right! It's a HARD journey and somehow you need to muster up the strength and determination! Thats what I love about this site because of all the great support. Ok, well gots to go thanks again for your condolences :)
    4118 days ago
    W9w! If I had a nickel for every time - I'd be able to buy a nice new wardrobe. Just thinking of the times I've shuffled sizes. I know my perfectionist's bent has kept me from getting to the goals more times than not, but at least we are persistent. About ever decade I've had to get down to business. Last time it
    was about 6 years ago. I tried to do it all with a personal trainer and not really committing to the entire journey.
    But now I think I'm on the right track and I love this resource that brings us together to share the journey. I hope you have ever success in your journey - positive forward motion.

    DebbB emoticon
    4143 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/19/2008 1:47:33 PM
  • DAWNI1967
    Thank you for this post! I totally hear and relate to what you're saying, and I appreciate the reminder that it's worth it. Great perspective!
    4144 days ago
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