Have I got your attention?
That picture is the closest think that I have to a magic wand. Believe me if I had one, I would have used it by now. I am still recuperating from the week-end long food fest called Thanksgiving as we get ready for the next food frenzy – holiday parties. UGH! Make it stop!!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a magic wand that we could wave? Suddenly the pounds would melt from our flesh and we would be the perfect weight. Suddenly, we would reach our personal or business goals with little or no effort. I don’t think anyone would choose the rigors and demands of a diet (or work) over a magic wand.
My journey with losing weight started when I was younger – spurts of crazy/fad diets like the grapefruit and egg one to hours spent in the gym drinking diet soda to keep me going. I am sure that we all have some stories, right?
Why am I telling you this, right? Because success is a journey. It is not a magic wand or a magic pill. Whether your journey is in business, or self-help or yes, even weight loss.
When I had my daughter, 27 years ago, I was a hefty 295 pounds. Some are shocked until I show them pictures. There aren’t many of them but there are a few. I didn’t see how heavy I was. No, I didn’t have on rose colored glasses but it was just who I was. When I went into recovery (a story for another time) I was probably the only person to loose 11 pounds. Still, I didn’t see a problem. I guess it finally hit me when I saw a picture of myself and my daughter at my niece’s wedding. WOW! That is my BEFORE picture. I actually came across another one the other day that is now hanging in the cabinet as a constant reminder when I open the door.
I joined Weight Watchers and things began to happen. I was not one of those people who got it right away. Eat less was easy, move more – not so easy since I had grown to dislike exercise. See it has been a process for me. Yes, I reached goal weight – down 108 pounds. Then I thought “I got this”.
The truth is that we may never really “get it”. Those words always set us up for a slide back in one way or another. The pounds slowly come back or we begin to slip into old behaviors. For me, I am back to being 18 pounds from my goal weight.
I am still committed to the process. Remember it is the journey NOT the destination that makes the difference. Whether your goal is 10 pounds, 100 pounds or a goal in your business, it can be done. Slow and steady wins the race.
Don’t think that because you don’t reach your goal in “x” amount of time, it isn’t worth it. Don’t compare yourself to other people. You don’t know their journey and they certainly don’t know yours.
Look at me, I am still a work in progress. Let’s take this journey together..
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day.