Tulips and Health Journeys
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Over the weekend, I read something that really stuck with me. "One of the signs of of aging is the temptation to view all our yesterdays as the good old days and to find in the present more causes for alarm and disappointment than are justified." This was in the foreword to "In Christ Alone." Although it was in reference to life in general, it really hit me that this was the way I tend to view my health journey.
I have had some big weight loss successes since I discovered a WOE that really works for me 3 years ago this week. I have also suffered some setbacks. Although I got all the way down to a good weight for me and even ran a half marathon, I regained about 14 lbs. Ugh. And then I got Achillies tendinitis that just won't heal. So I find myself looking back with longing on the good old days and feeling like it will be impossible to get there again.
But the other day, I was having a little pity party while on the phone with my mom. She gently reminded me that people have to make adjustments, and many people have to make much bigger adjustments than just not running for a while. So these days, I'm working on strength training, bike sprinting, and swimming while I wait for my Achilles to heal.
And I do tend to learn things in the middle of a setback. I learned that I did actually like the way I looked. I'm learning to be less judgmental of others in their health journeys. I'm learning more about my body and my thought patterns.
Sometimes, life seems like it is a steady rise to glory, and then a slow fade to the end. But I think we are more like tulips. Every year, there's the promise of the bud and then the burst of beauty. They may look dead for a while, but they will be back again.