Ok, I was upset that I only lost a pound this week. I made juice in the mornings, avoided junk food like the plague, went to the gym at least 3 times, wrote in my journal, read and listened to motivational books and CD’s, ate much smaller portions, cut out “mindless grazing”, waited 7 days to weigh in, and everything I was supposed to do, and still only lost a pound. I’ve only been serious about losing weight and getting in shape for two weeks (this time around) and have lost 11 pounds so far. My wife asked me: “you want to lose it all in one day?” and I said: “well, you know ME!” That’s the lesson I am learning right now……not to be a slave to numbers or instant gratification. The truth of the matter is that if I remain on task to do what I can do, I can’t help but reach my goal….maybe not tomorrow, or maybe not even in one year, but I WILL reach it if I don’t give up. Anything that’s worth anything costs something. That’s why I can’t be discouraged when I don’t achieve the numbers I wanted to achieve in the amount of time given. So I “only” lost a pound this week……so what? I’ll lose another one next week, and keep on with my plan. It’s working if my numbers are going down. It didn’t just “happen” to appear on me one day. It took lots of time to get up to the numbers I have right now, and it will take lots of time to get to where I want to be. That’s the long and short of it. Me wanting to weigh 193 is like the guy who wants to become a millionaire! Earning the million dollars is not the actual end product……it’s what he becomes to be able to be a millionaire that’s important! So me weighing 193 is not my “be all and end all” of everything I’ve ever hoped for…..but what I become on my journey to reach that goal IS important, because I will have become goal oriented, disciplined, focused, healthy, wise, influential, committed, and victorious in my attitude toward life in general! I’m not going to get all discouraged and defeated because I didn’t lose 5 or 10 pounds this week! I’m going to be grateful for the good habits I’ve begun to develop, by all the things I did this week to point me in the right direction. It’s inevitable that I will reach my goal if I follow the plan. Maybe not in the time frame that I desire it to be, but my long term desire is to be able to live the rest of my life with health, happiness, and being a blessing to my family and friends and those I meet along the way.
So all that to say I’m not going to sit in a corner and pout because things didn’t go my way this week. I’m preaching this little sermon to myself and anyone that wants to listen that thinks it might do them some good in their own journey to achieve whatever goal they are shooting for. I WILL keep going forward, and continue developing the good habits I have started to develop, like drinking lots of water, keeping a journal, listening to CD’s and reading material on subjects that will inspire me to keep going from authors and speakers like Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, John C. Maxwell, Napoleon Hill, Vic Johnson, George S. Clason, Dale Carnegie, and many others. I need to fill my mind with positive, informational and inspirational material which is fuel for my resolve. Zig Ziglar says you have to listen to something like 16 times before you actually “get it”, and I want to “get it!” So, I’ll keep listening, reading, praying, working out, resisting junk food and oversized portions, mindless grazing, and we’ll see what happens next week!
The following is a video of my hero, Danny Cahill, the winner of Season 8 of “The Biggest Loser!” He is a role model for anyone who has a mountain to climb, like me. He has changed his own life, and changed the lives of many others by his example as a result! If he can do it, WE can do it!