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Before the blossom comes some dirt!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

I love to work in my flowers. I love the blossoms and the birds and butterflies they attract. There is something quite satisfying about looking out the window and seeing all those flowers.

I went to the local home store today to buy some annuals and perennials for the beds as well as some seeds for the fast growing annuals. I spent over two hours digging in the murky clay soil working in some top soil and peat moss and setting my flowers into the dirt. It was HARD work. My back ached, my shoulders ached and I have a quarter size blister on the palm of my right hand from the hand spade.

I came in to clean up and realized I would have to get the mud off my shoes and launder my work clothing. I got grimy and dirty and my hands are so dry from the earth that I've been applying lotion over and over. It's WORK.

Why do I do it? Because I love the blossoms!

This is how your journey to "Health & Fitness" is too. Of course we all want to be healthy and fit. We all want to look good in our clothing and feel better. But you can't have the blossom without digging in the dirt first! Then comes the fertilizing and the watering and the pinching and pruning and the WEEDING. THEN you get to enjoy the blossom.

Just like a tender shoot that is trying to grow you can't pay attention to it part-time. If you only tended it on Mondays and Tuesdays it would parch in the hot sun. If you ignored the weeds they would soon overtake the plant. If you failed to provide proper nutrients/fertilizer it would soon quit producing blooms.

How can you possibly hope to have steady, sustained weight loss if you only pay attention to your program a few days a week? What about that water? How about those nutrients? Are you giving your body the fuel it needs? Too much fertilizer ruins the plant. Too much FOOD takes it toll on you too! How about the pruning and pinching? Are you getting that exercise you need?

You are going to have to get dirty (sweaty) if you want to have the blossom. It takes effort and time AND it takes continuous attention.

So are you ready to dig in the dirt? Do you want to blossom?

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